Begin The Beguine

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 Cmaj7
 When they begin the beguine,
 Cmaj7Dm7
 It brings back the sounds of music so tender
 Dmin7
 It brings back a night of tropical splendor
 G7G6Cmaj7
 It brings back a memory        evergreen
 Cmaj7
 I'm with you once more under the stars
 Cmaj7Dm7
 Down by the shore an orchestra's playing
 Dm7
 And even the palms seem to be swaying
 G7G6Cmaj7
 When they begin,       the beguine
 Cm7BbBbmaj7Bb7
 To live it again is past all endeavor 
 Bbmin7Eb7Abmaj7Ab6
 Except when that tune clutches my heart 
Ao7 (rapid strum) G
And there we are, swearing to love forever
 FmGFmDm7
 And promising never, never to part
 Cmaj7
 What moments divine, what rapture serene
 Cmaj7C7Dm7
 'Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
Fm D07 Dm7(2)
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
Dm7(2) D07 Cmaj7
I know but too well what they mean
 Cmaj7CC6AmCmaj7
 So don't let them   begin      the beguine
 CAmDm(2G7G6
 Let the love that was once a fire      remain an ember 
F F7 Cmaj7 Am Am/G(See)
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
 G7G6Cmaj7
 When they begin     the beguine
 CC6AmCmaj7
Oh yes let them begin the beguine, make them play
Cmaj7 C(rapid) C6 Am
'Til the stars that were there before return above you
 FF7Am9Am(2
 'Til you whisper once more "Darling I love you" 
Dmin7 Dm7(3) D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
Dm7 Dm7(3) D07(2)
When they begin
 Cmaj7
The beguine
 G7G6
 When they begin  
 Cmaj7
The beguine
Ending Tag: Standard Tuning
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----9-9-9-9-8-8-7-7----|
----7-7-7-7-6-6-5-5-3~~|
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My guess is that he detuned his guitar for just the ending, and edited this
little bit on. Here is what I think hes really doing.
Ending tag:
Tuning: CADGBE
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----2-2-2-2-1-1-0-0----|
----4-4-4-4-3-3-2-2-0~~|

He attempts to carry the bass figure of the song as much as he can
throughout. Here is a TAB of it:
Cmaj7 figure G7 figure
-------------5-------|----------------------|
----5-5-5----5----5--|-----3-3-3----3----3--|
----4-4-4----4----4--|-----4-4-4----4----4--|
----5-5-5--5------5--|-----3-3-3--3----0----|
--3------------------|----------------------|
----------------3----|---3------------------|





Begin the Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
as arranged by Pete Townshend
>from the album Another Scoop
TABbed by Jay Verkuilen (jayv@uiuc.edu)
2001-09-17 Whotabs www.thewho.net/whotabs/
The song is in C major (C D E F G A B) with lots of chromatic parts and a
modulation to C minor (C D Eb F G Ab Bb). The rhythm is pretty much
in 4, although there are some strange parts which you'll need to get by
listening to the recording. Pete plays it pretty straight, keeping it simple,
as befits the song, just him and his acoustic. I've heard a lot of versions
of "Begin" and I think his is the best--it captures the plaintive longing of
the song in a way none of the others did. (Some were actually upbeat, which
leads me to wonder if the artist or producer actually understood the lyrics--
kind of like some recordings of Heartbreak Hotel.)
Chords (loads of them, but none are particularly hard :):
Cmaj7: x3545x
Cmaj13: x35455 (alternate with this in Cmaj7--see TAB below)
G7: 3x343x
F: 133211
Dmin7(1): x5x565
G7sus4: 3x353x
Cmin7: x3x343
F7: 131233
Bb: x1333x
Bbmaj7: x1323x
Bb7: x1313x
Bbmin7: x1312x
Eb7: x6868x
Abmaj7: 4x554x
Ab6: 4x354x
Ao7: x0454x (or 5x454x)
Ab: 466544
G: 355433
Fmin(1): 133111
C7: x3535x
Fmin(2): xx3111
D07(1): xx0111
Emin7: x7x787
Amin9: 5x5557
Amin7: 5x5555
D07(2): x5656x
Dmin7(2): xx0211
Dmin7/C: x30211
Fmin/C: x3x111
Verse 1:
 Cmaj7
 When they begin the beguine,
 Cmaj7G7
 It brings back the sounds of music so tender
 FDmin7(1
 It brings back a night of tropical splendor
 G7G7sus4G7Cmaj7
 When they begin the beguine
Verse 2 (as before):
I'm with you once more under the stars
Down by the shore an orchestra's playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine
Bridge:
 Cmin7F7BbBbmaj7Bb7
 To live it again is past all endeavor 
 Bbmin7Eb7Abmaj7Ab6
 Except when that tune clutches my heart
Ao7 (rapid strum)
And there we are, swearing to love forever
 GAbFmin(1G7G7sus4G7
 And promising never, never to part 
Verse 3:
 Cmaj7Cmaj13
 What moments divine, what rapture serene
 C7G7
 'Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
Fmin(2) D07(1) Fmin(2)
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
 G7G7sus4G7Cmaj7
 I know but too well what they mean
Verse 4:
 Cmaj7
 So don't let them begine the beguine
 Cmaj7G7
 Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
 FDmin7(1Emin7Amin9Amin7
 Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
 G7G7sus4G7Cmaj7
 When they begin the beguine
Verse 5:
 Cmaj7Cmaj13
 Oh yes let them begine the beguine, make them play
 Cmaj7G7
 'Til the stars that were there before return above you
 FDmin7(1Emin7Amin9Amin7
 'Til you whisper once more "Darling I love you" 
Dmin7(1) D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
 G7Dmin7(2Dmin7/CFmin/C
 When they begin   
 G7Cmaj7
 The beguine
He attempts to carry the bass figure of the song as much as he can
throughout. Here is a TAB of it:
Cmaj7 figure G7 figure
-------------5-------|----------------------|
----5-5-5----5----5--|-----3-3-3----3----3--|
----4-4-4----4----4--|-----4-4-4----4----4--|
----5-5-5--5------5--|-----3-3-3--3----0----|
--3------------------|----------------------|
----------------3----|---3------------------|

End tag (sort of, anyway):
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----5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2----|
----3-3-2-2-1-1-0-0----|
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 --
 J. Verkuilen                                                    jayv@uiuc.edu