Begin the Beguine
Charlie Parker Lyrics


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





When they begin the, begin the, begin the beguine
When they begin the beguine

Overall Meaning

"Begin the Beguine" is a song that evokes memories of a past love affair. As soon as the beguine music begins to play, the singer is transported back to a night of tropical splendor with someone they love, under the stars and swaying palms. The music is so powerful that it inspires them to swear to love each other forever, but the moment is fleeting and soon they are parted. The singer is haunted by the memory and the lost opportunity, but is also unable to move on from it. The song concludes with a plea to let the beguine begin again in order to relive the moment and reclaim the love that was once lost.


Line by Line Meaning

When they begin the beguine
As soon as the performance of the beguine starts


It brings back the sound of music so tender
The melody is reminiscent of something incredibly gentle


It brings back a night of tropical splendor
The tune transports me to a night of great beauty in a tropical paradise


It brings back a memory ever green
The song evokes a memory that will always be fresh and vivid


I'm with you once more under the stars
The beginning of the beguine brings me back to the moment when we were together under the stars


And down by the shore an orchestra's playing
I recollect listening to an orchestra performing as we stood on the beach


And even the palms seem to be swaying
The music was so charming that even the palm trees seemed to be dancing to its rhythm


To live it again is past all endeavor
Trying to relive that moment is impossible


Except when that tune clutches my heart
However, when I hear that melody, it deeply affects me


And there we are, swearing to love forever
It brings us back to the moment when we made a promise to love each other forever


And promising never, never to part
And vowed never to leave each other's side


What moments divine, what rapture serene
Those were incredibly beautiful and peaceful moments


Till clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
However, our happiness was short-lived as it was replaced by sadness and sorrow


And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
Now, when I see people regretting missed opportunities, I understand their pain


I know but too well what they mean
I can empathize with their feelings very well


So don't let them begin the beguine
Therefore, I'd prefer not to hear that tune again


Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
Let the love that was once intense fade away slowly like a smoldering ember


Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
Let those emotions rest, like desires that are no longer alive and only remembered


Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, please make them play
However, I can't resist the charm of that melody, so go ahead and play it again, please


Till the stars that were there before return above you
Let the music play until the stars from that earlier divine moment appear above us once again


Till you whisper to me once more, "Darling, I love you"
Let the music play until you whisper those affectionate words to me one more time


Then we suddenly know what heaven we're in
At that moment, we'll realize that we are in heaven


When they begin the, begin the, begin the beguine
When the beguine starts, every line of the song plays out in our hearts




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Cole Porter

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@wolfganggrupe9514

I Love it !

@MrBongoagogo

man them conga,s and bongos so dam tight and a great groove from maxs drums

@radcam69

One of my top 5 Bird tunes, thanks again Otaku.

@sangrantes7073

cubop yeahh! ricoooo

@ohmorieiichi7470

何というドライブ感。
特に後半。
エンゲルベルト・フンパーディンクさんの
ステージももこの曲でスタート。

秋葉原の大森栄一より
eiichi ohmori akihabara
from tokyo japan

@60otaku4

You're very welcome, radcam69-san!! Otaku4 (*^_^)/

@Carlito_El_Gooner

Jose Mangual was on congas not bongos.

@60otaku4

Thank you for pointing out the mistake. Carlito-san!!
Otaku4 (*^_^)b

@Glowingriverr

mm :)

@ohmorieiichi7470

天才パーカー、さすがだね。

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