The Count Basie Orchestra Begin the Beguine cover

Begin the Beguine
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Verse 1
When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender,
It brings back a night of tropical splendor,
It brings back a memory ever green.
Verse 2
I`m with you once more under the stars,
And down by the shore an orchestra`s playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine.
Verse 3
To live it again is past all endeavor,
Except when that tune clutches my heart,
And there we are, swearing to love forever,
And promising never, never to part.
Verse 4
What moments divine, what rapture serene,
'Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted,
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted,
I know but too well what they mean;
Verse 5
So don`t let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember;
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine.
Verse 6
Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
'Til the stars that were there before return above you,
'Til you whisper to me once more,
Darling, I love you!
Verse 7
And we suddenly know What heaven we`re in,
When they begin the beguine

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