Antique Satanic Sheet Music
$545.00 USD On sale
"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."
Antique Satanic Sheet Music featuring two compositions by Irving Berlin: the ragtime influenced "At the Devil's Ball" (1913) and the then-controversial "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" (1914), a pacifist anthem written in the run up to the first World War.
"Down below, Down Below
Sat the devil talking to his son
Who wanted to go
Up above, Up above
He cried, "It's getting too warm for me down here and so
I'm going up on Earth where I can have a little fun
The Devil simply shook his head and answered his son
Stay down here where you belong
The folks who live above you don't know right from wrong
To please their kings they've all gone out to war
And not a one of them knows what he's fighting for
'Way up above they say that I'm a Devil and I'm bad
Kings up there are bigger devils than your dad
They're breaking the hearts of mothers
Making butchers out of brothers
You'll find more hell up there than there is down below"
Condition is fair on both. "At the Devil's Ball" has some splitting along spine and old cellotape on the cover. "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" is split along the spine, has small tears along the edges, and previous owner's name unobtrusively inscribed in pen on cover.
Both cover images are strong, bright, display well, and will frame nicely.