I Begged Her
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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I begged her, I pleaded, I told her
Baby, come out of your shell,
I told her
Maybe, you'll find that it's swell,

I argued, I threatened, I said
You can't send me home,
Not like this, then I finally got my kiss.

I begged her, I pleaded, I told her
Baby, come out of your shell,
And I told her
Maybe, you'll find that it's swell,

She argued, then I threatened




You can't send me home,
Not like this, then I finally got my kiss.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly's duet, "I Begged Her," depict a persistent lover who has been trying to persuade his significant other to open up to him. The singer is so eager to be with his lover that he begs and pleads with her to come out of her shell. He believes that if she does, she will see how wonderful their relationship is and that they will be happy together. He tries to convince her that she will find it "swell" if she just gives him a chance.


The singer uses a variety of tactics to get his lover to open up to him. He argues with her, threatens her, and even tells her that she can't send him home. Despite his persistence, she resists his advances. However, in the end, he finally gets what he wants: a kiss from his lover.


Interpreting these lyrics, it seems that the singer wants to help his lover break out of her shell and become more confident and self-assured. He sees that she is holding back in their relationship and wants her to trust him enough to let her guard down. By convincing her to take a chance on him, he hopes to build a stronger, more fulfilling relationship with her.


Line by Line Meaning

I begged her, I pleaded, I told her
I implored her, I beseeched her, I expressed to her


Baby, come out of your shell,
Show your true self, reveal your innermost self


I told her
I shared with her


Maybe, you'll find that it's swell,
Perhaps, it will be fantastic for you


I argued, I threatened, I said
I debated, I warned, I spoke


You can't send me home,
You cannot dismiss me


Not like this, then I finally got my kiss.
Nor in this way, then I eventually received my kiss.


She argued, then I threatened
She contested, then I warned




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Written by: JULE STYNE, SAMMY CAHN

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Comments from YouTube:

@MADEbySOUL

Remember when people used to sing like this? I enjoy today's variety because it adds diversity but there is such a charm and skill when it came to singing from the 40's.

@claireosborne692

Sirama classy calm warm just beautiful 💖

@bebopuser

its called crooning and was really a thing back in the beatnik era specially in early swing performances

@josianemartins324

Gene always got the moves and Frank always has the voice...what a duo!!

@sandihaslage3976

Gene had the looks the dance AND the Voice

@mollykoenig7009

Gene was a MASTER at choreographing for his partners. Frank, the darling, was only capable of so much, so Gene thought up flashy, quick, but technically relatively simple numbers to accommodate him. Comparing this to the routines he put together with Donald O'Connor in Singin' in the Rain? Miles apart, but damn Frank looks good here, don't he?

@JoeHarkinsHimself

This ballroom converted to a dormitory is exactly how the Louisville Service Men's Club looked in 1954. I spent a few Saturday nights there rather than take the free bus back to Fort Knox at 8pm. For 25cents you got a cot for the night and a hot breakfast on Sunday Morning.

@reythomas8532

Of course, Frank couldn’t dance like Kelly, but boy…what a voice. The best there ever was!

@Bageera63

I remember Robert Osborne talking about this scene & how Gene taught Frank how to dance.

@michaelvega6646

Rip Gene Kelly 1912-1996
Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

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