TIN PAN ALLEY
1. Fill in the rest of the chart to indicate the form of "After the Ball." Make sure to give
some comment to describe each section. Lyrics for verses 2 and 3 are written below.
A little maiden climbed an old man’s knee
Begged for the story, “Do, Uncle, please.
Opening verse, meant to
introduce the melody and
chords and gather interest in
the story to follow.
Why are you single; why live alone?
Have you no babies; have you no home?”
“I had a sweetheart, years, years ago;
Where she is now, pet, you will soon know.
List to the story, I’ll tell it all,
I believed her faithless, after the ball.”
After the ball is over, after the break of morn—
After the dancers’ leaving; after the stars are gone;
Many a heart is aching, if you could read them all;
Many the hopes that have vanished after the ball.
The chorus features new
chords and melody, and
new lyrics that highlight the
“Bright lights were flashing in the grand ballroom
Softly the music playing sweet tunes
AABA melody returns with
new lyrics and plot
There came my sweetheart, my love, my own
"I wish some water, leave me alone"
When I returned, dear, there stood a man
Kissing my sweatheart as lovers can
Down fell the glass, pet, broken, that's all
Just as my heart was after the ball
After the ball is over, after the break of morn
After the dancers' leaving; after the stars are gone;