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Begin the Beguine is a song written by American composer and songwriter Cole Porter in 1935 that was then recorded as an instrumental swing version by Artie Shaw in 1938. The Artie Shaw version of the song was featured in the Season Ten episode, "Smug Alert!".

Background

As Gerald Broflovski drives around South Park showing off his new Toyonda Pious, this song can be heard playing in the background as he does so.

Lyrics

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,
Till 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
Till the stars that were there before return above you,
Till 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, oh
Oh, the beguine


Songs from Season Ten
Afternoon Delight | Begin the Beguine | Can't Fight This Feeling | Cartman's Buck Rogers Theme | Dawg's Crew Theme Song | Don't Stop Believin' | Hey People, You Gotta Drive Hybrids Already | I'm Goin' Back to Cali | I Love to Brush My Teeth | Live to Win | Love Will Keep Us Together | Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye | Oh Yeah | Smuggy San Francisco Town | Song 2 | Symphony No. 9: Adagio - Allegro Molto | We Are the Champions | What Really Happened on 9-11? | Who's Got the Greatest Mom In The World?

See also: List of Songs | List of Minor Characters from Season Ten | Season Ten

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