Begin the Beguine


Sung by Lia Origoni, Italian soprano

Sung by Deanna Durbin, American soprano

Begin the Beguine
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
1935

When they be-gin / the Be-guine /
it brings back the sound / of mu-sic so ten-der /
It brings back a night / of tro-pi-cal splen-dor /
It brings back a me-mo-ry / ev-er-green /

I’m with you once more / un-der the stars /
and down by the shore / an or-che-stra’s pla-ying /
and e-ven the palms / seem to be sway-ing /
when they be-gin / the Be-guine /

To live it a-gain / is past all en-dea-vor /
ex-cept when that tune / clut-ches my heart /
And there we are / swea-ring to love for-e-ver /
and pro-mi-sing ne-ver / ne-ver to part /

What mo-ments di-vine / what rap-ture se-rene /
till clouds came a-long to dis-perse / the joys we had tas-ted /
And now when I hear peo-ple curse / the chance that was was-ted /
I know but too well / what they mean /

So don’t let them be-gin / the Be-guine /
Let the love that was once a fire / re-main an em-ber /
Let it sleep like the dead de-sire / I on-ly re-mem-ber /
When they be-gin / the Be-guine /

Oh yes / let them be-gin the Be-guine / make them play /
till the stars that were there be-fore re-turn a-bove you /
till you whis-per to me once more /
Dar-ling / I love you /
And we sud-den-ly know / What hea-ven we’re in /
when they be-gin the Be-guine!

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