I’ll Begin Again

scrooge

PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Leslie Bricusse
Year Written 1970
About I’ll Begin Again
“I’ll Begin Again” is from the 1970 musical version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Scrooge. Leslie Bricusse not only wrote all the music and lyrics, but also was the executive producer. The film starred Albert Finney as Scrooge. Scrooge was nominated for four Oscars, including best score. It is a perennial Christmas favorite.

Lyrics

I’ll begin again
I will build my life
I will live to know
I fulfilled my life
I’ll begin today
Throw away the past
And the future I build
Will be something that will last
I will take the time
That I have left to live
And I’ll give it all
That I have left to give
I will live my days
For my fellow men
And I’ll live in praise
Of that moment when
I was able to begin again

I’ll begin again
I will change my fate
I will show the world
That it is not too late
I will never stop
While I still have time
‘Till I stand at the top
Of the mountain I must climb
I will start anew
I will make amends
And I will make quite certain
That the story ends
On a note of hope
On a strong amen
And I’ll thank the world
And remember when
I was able to begin again
I’ll begin again!

Session / Album Information

1970

“I’ll Begin Again” was recorded on September 30, 1970 and released in 1971 on the album Love Story. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45316
  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45256
  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30558 — Love Story
  • 2011: Disc #41 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK40) Love Story

1971

“I’ll Begin Again” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

“I’ll Begin Again” was sung as part of a medley with “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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