That's The Beginning Of The EndWords & Music by Alex Kramer & Joan Whitney, 1947
Recorded by Recorded by Jimmy Roselli, 1970
Also recorded by Perry Como, 1947, and by Nat 'King' Cole Trio, 1947
AM7 F#m Bm7 E7 When she don't sweet talk anymore, A7 A6/7/9 A7 D9 Bm7-5 Her kiss ain't like it was before, A AM7 F#m F#m7 B7 It's time you added up the score, my friend -- D9 Bm7-5 E7 F7 E7 That's the be - gin - ning of the end. AM7 F#m Bm7 E7 She keeps you waiting for a date, A7 A6/7/9 A7 D9 Bm7-5 Makes no ex - cuse for being late; A AM7 F#m F#m7 B7 Wake up and re - cog - nize your fate, my friend -- D9 E7 D9 Bm7-5 A A7 That's the beginning of the end. Bridge: Em7 A7 A7sus4 A7 What she's doing to you, she did to me; D9 D DM7 D6 But I was in love, so how could I see. F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 You'd better get wise, you'd better beware, F#m B7 Bm7-5 E7 Or one of these days you'll turn around and she won't be there. AM7 F#m Bm7 E7 Don't say that you were never told, A7 6/7/9 A7 D9 Bm7-5 I know that char - ac - ter of old; A AM7 F#m F#m7 B7 When she starts straying from the fold, my friend, D9 E7 D9 A D9 Bm7-5 Fdim(III)Fdim AM7 That's the beginning of the end, that's the beginning of the end.
Here's a song that seems to be a lot less widely known that I had thought it was. For years, I've been listening to a long-time piano bar crony, Blaine G., sing this song, assuming that it had to have been done by Frank Sinatra. Turns our I was wrong -- and an extensive search for the lyrics, then the sheet music, then an album source proved just how wrong. Blaine, of course, had the album -- the Jimmy Roselli version sited here. Thanks, my friend.
(By the way, don't tell him, but he sings it better than Roselli, too.)