Begin the Beguine Lyrics

Pete Townshend


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Carlos Renno, Cole Porter
album: Track 8 in album Happy Birthday
release date: 1970
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length: 4:47

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Pete Townshend Happy Birthday cover art
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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
The 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
'Til the stars that were there before return above you
'Til you whisper to me once more: "Darling, I love you!"
And we suddenly know what heaven we're in
When they begin the beguine
When they begin the beguine


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Content
  • 2 Evolution
  • 3 Day of Silence
  • 4 Allan Cohen Speaks (#1)
  • 5 Mary Jane
  • 6 Allan Cohen Speaks (#2)
  • 7 The Seeker
  • 8 Begin the Beguine
  • 9 With a Smile Up His Nose They Entered
  • 10 The Love Man
  • 11 Meditation