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[Cmaj7]When they begin the beguine,
[Cmaj7]It brings back the sounds of music so [Dm7]tender
[Dmin7]It brings back a night of tropical splendor
[G7]It brings back a memory  [G6]      ever[Cmaj7]green
[Cmaj7]I'm with you once more under the stars
[Cmaj7]Down by the shore an orchestra's [Dm7]playing
[Dm7]And even the palms seem to be swaying
[G7]When they begin,  [G6]     the [Cmaj7]beguine
[Cm7]To live it again is past all [Bb]ende[Bbmaj7]avor[Bb7]
[Bbmin7]Except when that [Eb7]tune clutches my [Abmaj7]heart[Ab6]
Ao7 (rapid strum) G
And there we are, swearing to love forever
[Fm]And promising [G]never, [Fm]never to [Dm7]part
[Cmaj7]What moments divine, what rapture serene
[Cmaj7]'Til clouds came along to [C7]disperse the joys we had [Dm7]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
[Cmaj7]So don't let [C]them   [C6]begin  [Am]    the [Cmaj7]beguine
[C]Let the love that was [Am]once a [Dm(2]fire      remain an [G7]ember[G6]
F F7 Cmaj7 Am Am/G(See)
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
[G7]When they begin [G6]    the [Cmaj7]beguine
Oh yes [C]let them [C6]begin the [Am]beguine, make them [Cmaj7]play
Cmaj7 C(rapid) C6 Am
'Til the stars that were there before return above you
[F]'Til you whisper once [F7]more "Darling I [Am9]love you"[Am(2]
Dmin7 Dm7(3) D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
Dm7 Dm7(3) D07(2)
When they begin
The [Cmaj7]beguine
[G7]When they begin [G6]
The [Cmaj7]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,
[Cmaj7]It brings back the sounds of music so [G7]tender
[F]It brings back a night of [Dmin7(1]tropical splendor
[G7]When they [G7sus4]begin t[G7]he [Cmaj7]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:
[Cmin7]To live it again [F7]is past all [Bb]ende[Bbmaj7]avor[Bb7]
[Bbmin7]Except when that [Eb7]tune [Abmaj7]clutches my [Ab6]heart
Ao7 (rapid strum)
And there we are, swearing to love forever
[G]And promising [Ab]never, [Fmin(1]never to [G7]par[G7sus4]t[G7]
Verse 3:
[Cmaj7]What moments divine, what rapture [Cmaj13]serene
[C7]'Til clouds came along to [G7]disperse the joys we had tasted
Fmin(2) D07(1) Fmin(2)
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
[G7]I know but too wel[G7sus4]l what [G7]they [Cmaj7]mean
Verse 4:
[Cmaj7]So don't let them begine the beguine
[Cmaj7]Let the love that was once a [G7]fire remain an ember
[F]Let it sleep like the [Dmin7(1]dead desire [Emin7]I only [Amin9]rememb[Amin7]er
[G7]When they [G7sus4]begin t[G7]he [Cmaj7]beguine
Verse 5:
[Cmaj7]Oh yes let them begine the beguine, make them[Cmaj13] play
[Cmaj7]'Til the stars that were there before [G7]return above you
[F]'Til you whisper once[Dmin7(1] more "Darlin[Emin7]g I lov[Amin9]e you"[Amin7]
Dmin7(1) D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
[G7]When they [Dmin7(2]begin [Dmin7/C] [Fmin/C]
[G7]The [Cmaj7]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