It was recorded by Marion Harris on July 22, 1918 and released on Victor 18509. It is the basis for many other jazz songs, as it can easily be improvised over. It is also the theme song for the BBC sitcom After You've Gone (performed by Jamie Cullum).
After you've gone and left me crying After you've gone there's no denying You'll feel blue, You'll feel sad You'll miss the dearest pal you've ever had
There'll come a time, now don't forget it There'll come a time, when you'll regret it Some day when you grow lonely Your heart will break like mine and you'll want me only After you've gone, after you've gone away
After I'm gone, after we break up After I'm gone, you're gonna wake up You will find you were blind To let somebody come and change your mind
After the years we've been together The joy and tears, all kinds of weather Some day blue and downhearted You'll long to be with me right back where you started After I'm gone, after I'm gone away