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Dead Man Blues
Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers Lyrics

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.

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.

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.

What moments divine, what rapture serene,
Till 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;

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.

Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you,
Till you whisper to me once more,
"Darling, I love you!"
And we suddenly know, what heaven we're in,
When they begin the beguine

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Memory Lane Music Group (Domestic)
Written by: COLE PORTER

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Comments from YouTube:

Alan Bobé-Vélez

This is a classic tune from almost a century ago! Let's see how much of contemporary music will still be listened to a century from now.

Mike Wilcox

That vamp is timeless.

Giovanni Madurini

This should be played at my funeral!

Aldo Ali

thanks for sharing this jewel from Mr. Morton's genius.

Per Theander

Features a lyrical but powerful cornet solo by George Mitchell.

David Tilley

He was the originator of Dixieland jazz I have revered this for years!

Patricia Justice

A favorite

Laurent James

De quoi réveiller un mort !

Jianni Lazaga

I think this is George Mitchell on Cornet

John Bianchi

It is Mitchell. Simeon is not on this track; just Bigard and Howard.

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