Begin the BeguineWords & Music by Cole Porter, 1935
Recorded by Artie Shaw, 1936
A A6 AM7 A6 A A6 AM7 A6 When they begin the beguine, A A6 AM7 A6 E7 It brings back the sound of music so tender, Bm Bm7 Bm Bm7 It brings back a night of tropical splendor, Bm7-5 E7 E7sus4 E7 A9 A It brings back a memory ever green. A A6 AM7 A6 A A6 AM7 A6 I'm with you once more under the stars, A AM7 F#m7 E7 And down by the shore, an orchestra's playing; E7 Bm7-5 E7 D And even the palms seem to be swaying E7 E7sus4 E7 A A6 AM7 A6 When they begin the beguine. Bridge: Am D7 G To live it again is past all endeavor Gm C7 FM7 F Except when that tune clutches my heart, Cdim Dm E F And there we are, swearing to love forever, E Dm7 E E7 And promising never, never to part. A A6 AM7 A6 A A6 AM7 A6 What moments divine, what rapture serene, A A7 E7 Til clouds came along to disperse the joy we had tasted; Dm Bm7-5 And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted, E7 Bm7-5 E7 A9 A I know but too well what they mean. E7 A6 AM7 A6 So don't let them begin the beguine, E7 A A6 E7 Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember; D Bm7 C#m7-5 F#m Let it sleep like the dead desire I only re - mem - ber Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 E7 A A6 When they begin the beguine. E7 A A6 A AM7 A6 Oh, yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play, E7 A A6 AM7 E7 Til the stars that were there before return above you, D Bm7 C#m7-5 F#7 Til you whisper to me once more, "Darling, I love you." Bm7 Bm7-5 And we suddenly know . . .what heaven we're in E7 A Am7 When they begin the beguine, Bm7 Dm6 E7 A A6 AM7 A6 A When they begin the beguine.