After the War Is Over
|After the War Is Over
|Pourman, E. J. [Elmer Jacob]
|Joe Morris Music Co.
|Place of Publication
|New York (N.Y.)
|Year of Publication
|Date of Copyright
|1 score (, 2-3,  p.)
|The first version of this song, titled “After the War Is Over Will There Be Any Home Sweet Home?” was issued in 1917 by Broad & Market Music Co. (Newark, NJ) and republished by Morris early in 1918. It was a considerable success, especially among piano-roll manufacturers; but in the summer of 1918 the negative lyrics and cover art were accused of damaging morale, and the Military Intelligence Division appealed to Morris’s patriotism. Morris asked Andrew B. Sterling to rewrite the lyrics, the title was shortened, and new cover art was created; the music, however, was unchanged. This—the fourth edition—was then copyrighted anew and issued in at least three printings. After the armistice, Morris was given permission to reinstate the original version, but there is no concrete evidence that he did so.
|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
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
|Starmer [William and Frederick]
|F. J. Lawson Co. (New York, NY)
|Victory parade of troops marching to the left, surrounded by jubilant crowd, hats in air, child and mother joining the parade in foreground. BR, oval photographic inset of Joseph Woodruff. Red and blue on white paper, forming a red, white, and blue border; signed BR.
|Back Cover Description
|Sample: Before the World Began (© 1917 08 01), in a plain rectangular frame.
|P3, BR: F.J.Lawson Co. N.Y.
|James Edward Myers Sheet Music Collection, 1836-1986
|James Edward Myers World War I Sheet Music Collection
|After the war is over will there be any home sweet home - Cover
|After the war is over will there be any home sweet home - Page 2
|After the war is over will there be any home sweet home - Page 3
|After the war is over will there be any home sweet home - Back Cover
|After the war is over will there be any home sweet home - Lyrics