I Can't Get Started
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get
Started with you

Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place, but I get no
Place with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get
Started with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you




Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Ella Fitzgerald's "I Can't Get Started" convey a sense of frustration and heartache at not being able to start a relationship with the person the singer desires. The song's opening lines list impressive accomplishments - flying around the world in a plane, settling revolutions in Spain, charting the North Pole - implying that the singer has achieved great feats but still cannot connect with the one they long for. The second verse continues in this vein, boasting of being under par on the golf course, being desired by Hollywood, and having a lavish home, all while lamenting the failure to win over their desired companion.


The chorus highlights the singer's admiration and attraction to the object of their affection, using three action words - write, scheme, and dream - to emphasize the intense preoccupation with this person. The repetition of "and what good does it do?" at the end of each chorus underscores the futility of the singer's efforts and feelings.


Overall, the song expresses a yearning that is both specific to the singer's situation - not being able to start a relationship with this particular person - and also universal in its sense of unrequited love and the inability to connect with someone despite accomplishments and efforts.


Line by Line Meaning

I've flown around the world in a plane
I have traveled extensively via airplane to various countries and continents.


I've settled revolutions in Spain
I have taken part in ending or calming down uprisings and rebellions in Spain.


The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get Started with you
I have accomplished the incredible feat of mapping the North Pole, yet I cannot seem to form a relationship with you.


Around the golf course I'm under par
I excel at playing golf and regularly score lower than the expected number of strokes.


And all the movies want me to star
I am in high demand by filmmakers who wish to cast me in their movies.


I've got a house, a show place, but I get no Place with you
Despite owning an impressive and grand house, I still cannot seem to attain a place in your life.


You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you Scheme, just for a sight of you Dream, both day and night of you And what good does it do?
You are incredibly superior and magnificent, and I often write about you or plot ways to see you. However, these actions do not result in any positive outcomes for me.


In 1929 I sold short
I sold a particular commodity or security on the financial market with the expectation of making a financial gain by buying it back at a lower price, but instead suffered losses.


In England I'm presented at court
I have been introduced to or presented to members of royalty or other high-ranking officials in England.


But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get Started with you
You have caused me to feel disheartened or discouraged because I am unable to establish a romantic relationship with you.




Lyrics © MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke

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Jackie Meier

I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get
Started with you

Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place, but I get no
Place with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get
Started with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?



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I've been around the world in a plane
Settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted
But can't get started with you
And at the golf course I'm under par
Metro-Goldwyn wants me to star
I've got a house and a show place
But can't get no place with you

You're so supreme
The lyrics I write of you
Dream, dream, day and night of you
Scheme just for the sight of you
Baby but what good does it do?
I've been consulted by Franklin D.
Robert Taylor has had me to tea
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I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get
Started with you

Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place, but I get no
Place with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get
Started with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?



Noora John

I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get
Started with you
Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place, but I get no
Place with you
You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?
In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get
Started with you
You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?



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I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted
But can't get started with you

Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place
But I get no place with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted
'Cause I can't get started with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted
'Cause I can't get started with you



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I've flown around the world in a plane
I've settled revolutions in Spain
The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get
Started with you

Around the golf course I'm under par
And all the movies want me to star
I've got a house, a show place, but I get no
Place with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

In 1929 I sold short
In England I'm presented at court
But you've got me downhearted, cause I can't get
Started with you

You're so supreme, lyrics I write of you
Scheme, just for a sight of you
Dream, both day and night of you
And what good does it do?

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