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AFTER THE BALL IS OVER. AKA and see "Life on the Ocean Wave," "Over the Ocean Waves." American; Air, Waltz or Quadrille. USA; Pa., Arizona. C Major (Kartchner): G Major (Bayard). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Played by Arizona fiddler Kenner C. Kartchner, who said "I remember this back to 1892. Guess it is much older." In fact, the song was not at all older, having been copyrighted in November, 1892, the composition of Poughkeepsie, New York, born composer, banjo player and lyricist Charles K. Harris (popularized on the variety stage by J. Aldrich Libby). Music researcher James J. Fuld (The Book of World Famous Music, 1971) says that numerous parodies were written to this sentimental favorite, reducing it to nonsense.

Source for notated version: McCullough (Pa.), 1959 [Bayard]

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 637B, p. 561. Ruth (Pioneer Western Folk Tunes), 1948; No. 133, p. 47.

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