At the Devil's Ball

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At the Devil's Ball  (1913) 
by Irving Berlin
Cover page to the sheet music.

[1st verse]:

I had a dream, last night,

That filled me full of fright:

I dreamt that I was with the Devil, below,

In his great big fiery hall,

Where the Devil was giving a ball.

I checked my coat and hat

And started gazing at

The merry crowd that came to witness the show;

And I must confess to you.

There were many there I knew.


At the Devil's Ball,

At the Devil's Ball

I saw the cute Missus Devil, so pretty and fat,

Dress'd in a beautiful fireman's hat;

Ephraham, the Leader man, who led the band last fall,

He play'd the music at the Devil's Ball,

In the Devil's hall,

I saw the funniest devil that I ever saw

Taking the tickets from folks at the door;

I caught a glimpse of my mother-in-law

Dancing with the Devil,

Oh! the little Devil,

Dancing at the Devil's Ball.

[2nd verse]:

The Devil's Pa and Ma

Were standing at the bar,

Conversing with the little fellow who first

Put the pain in champagne wine,

He was pouring it out in a stein

I bought a round of ice

For ev'rybody twice,

It wasn't long before I ordered a fan;

And before the break of dawn

I put my overcoat in pawn.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.

The author died in 1989, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.