|Title||After the War Is Over Will There Be Any Home Sweet Home? |
|Alternative Title||After the War Is Over Will There Be Any “Home Sweet Home” |
|Composer||Andrieu, Harry |
- Woodruff, Joseph
- Pourman, E. J. [Elmer Jacob]
- 145 W. 45th St.
- New York, NY : Joe Morris Music Co.
|Year of Publication||1917|
|Date of Copyright||1917-04-19|
|Physical Description||1 score, voice and piano (, 2-3,  p.)|
|Type||Musical notation |
|Comment||Broad & Market Music Co., holders of the original copyright, printed two editions and then evidently sold the rights to Joe Morris Music Co. in early 1918. Morris issued a third edition in at least seven different printings (distinguished by the back covers) and promoted it successfully, especially with piano-roll manufacturers. It does not appear to have been performed widely in vaudeville but did attain some popularity with amateurs. Of at least six songs issued in 1917 with similar or identical titles, this was by far the most successful. In summer of 1918 the song was accused of damaging morale; and in August 1918, Morris copyrighted and issued a new version, a fourth edition, with lyrics rewritten by Andrew B. Sterling and with a shorter title: “After the war is over.”|
- One recording and eight piano rolls were released; and as these were disseminated, the song became widely popular, as evidenced by notices in local papers and by the number of surviving copies of the sheet music.
- This is the seventh printing of the third edition and probably dates from the first half of 1918. The first two editions were issued by the Broad & Market Music Co., Newark, NJ, which copyrighted the song, and who remains the copyright holder indicated at the bottom of p. 2. The first edition was promoted briefly but intensively, with considerable success; then the song languished until Stern purchased the rights.
- Composer and lyricist are given correctly on p. 2; on the cover, the music is attributed to Joseph Woodruff and the words to E. J. Pourmon.
|Musical Note||The refrain of this waltz ballad closes by quoting the second phrase of “Home Sweet Home,” which also constitutes the piano introduction. As a whole, both words and music are closely modeled on “After the Ball”; meter and rhyme scheme are virtually identical, and the chorus quotes several lines with only slight alterations. The harmonic structure closely resembles the model, and the same secondary dominant is used to prepare the final phrase of the chorus. The melody, however, is primarily stepwise, with expressive chromaticism, unlike the arpeggiated melody of “After the Ball.”|
|Subject - Topic|
- Soldiers -- Death -- Songs and music.
- Home -- Songs and music.
- Peace -- Songs and music.
- Popular music -- United States -- 1911-1920.
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Songs and music.
- [refrain 2]
- [verse 2] Changed will be the picture of the foreign lands, / Maps will change entirely to diff’rent hands. / Kings and Queens may ever rule their fellow man, / But pray they’ll be united like our own free land.
- [refrain 1] After the war is over and the world’s at peace, / Many a heart will be aching after the war has ceased. / Many a home will be vacant, Many a child be alone, / But I hope they’ll all be happy in a place called “Home sweet Home”.
- [verse 1] Angels they are weeping o’er the foreign war, / Transports are sailing from shore to shore. / Brave heroes are falling to arise no more, / But still the bugle’s calling every man to war.
|Musical Genre||Waltz ballad|
|Repository||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sousa Archives and Center for American Music|
|Conditions of Use||This work is in the public domain.|
|Artist||Pfeiffer Illustrating Co. |
|Printer||F. J. Lawson Co. (New York, NY) |
|Cover Description||Above, as if in a cloud, a mother, seated before a hearth in a Queen Anne chair, consoling two children (daughters); the whole is wrapped in smoke from the scene below: battlefield destruction, with a heap of ruined artillery and a dead soldier (a drummer-boy). BR, oval photographic inset of Joseph Woodruff. Red and blue on white paper, forming a red, white, and blue border; signed BL, in frame.|
|Back Cover Description||At top, “Two songs that should be in every home”; samples and covers for Say a Prayer for the Boys Out There (© 1917 10 13) and We’re Going Over the Top (© 1918 01 03), with two lists of titles, the whole in an ornate frame with flowers and scrollwork, unsigned; slogans at top: Do Your Bit . . . Help Win the War / America’s problem / Ships and food — to send the most food possible in least shipping space / Solution / Eat more fish, cheese, eggs, poultry and save beef, pork & mutton for our fighters.|
- P3, BR: F.J.Lawson Co. N.Y.
- Plate number: p. 3, BL: After The War.
- Cover, BL: 5
- Cover, below inset: Featured by J. Woodruff
|Performance Medium||Voice and piano|
- Series 2, Box 12, Folder 4
- Record Series 12/9/96
|Collection||James Edward Myers World War I Sheet Music Collection|