In Memory of my mother Madeline (Burke) Johnston ..
a song she often sang for us
'After The Ball is Over' (by Charles K. Harris, 1892)

Couple waltzing at the Ball

"AFTER THE BALL IS OVER"




Lyrics After the Ball


A scene from the Ball

A LITTLE MAIDEN CLIMBED AN OLD MAN'S KNEE,
BEGGED FOR A STORY, "DO UNCLE PLEASE.
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,
LISTEN 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.


Ballroom scene
"BRIGHT LIGHTS WERE FLASHING
IN THE GRAND BALLROOM,
SOFTLY THE MUSIC, PLAYING SWEET TUNES.
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 SWEETHEART, 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;
MANY A HEART IS ACHING,
IF YOU COULD READ THEM ALL;
MANY THE HOPES THAT HAVE VANISHED,
AFTER THE BALL.


after the ball

LONG YEARS HAVE PASSED CHILD,I'VE NEVER WED,
TRUE TO MY LOST LOVE , THOUGH SHE IS DEAD,
SHE TRIED TO TELL ME, TRIED TO EXPLAIN
I WOULD NOT LISTEN, PLEADINGS WERE VAIN.

ONE DAY A LETTER CAME FROM THAT MAN,
HE WAS HER BROTHER, THE LETTER RAN,
THAT'S WHY I'M LONELY, NO HOME AT ALL,
I BROKE HER HEART, PET, 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.


Couple Waltzing

"cleanuphtml-2">MY MOTHER
my mother

"cleanuphtml-2">MEMORIUM
"ROSE GARDEN" ~ by Gladys
God planted many Flowers, to help us on life's way,
A beautiful profusion.....Roses ~ bright and gay;
They ease lifes' sorrows, set us straight, point the way
Along a path of kindness, teach us Jesus' loving ways.

Then, one day in Heaven, 'round Gods mighty throne
A Heavenly Host of Angels wait to welcome a Flower home
And above the rising chorus it seems we heard Him say...
"Go and pick Madeline, from My Rose Garden today"
.
Gladys





THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION:
My Mother, Madeline Burke-Johnston, lost her Father, her Brother,
Step-Mother, Half-Sister in HALIFAX EXPLOSION in memory here is the
Link to the touching Video, beautiful Song: THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION


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