Let’s Begin

Jerome Kern

Jerome Kern


PROFILE
Composer Jerome Kern
Lyricist Otto Harbach
Year Written 1933
About Let’s Begin
“Let’s Begin” was written for the 1933 musical Roberta, which also included many other fine Kern songs, including “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “The Touch of Your Hand.”

Lyrics

Let’s begin
Let’s begin
Let’s begin

Now that you got me going whatcha gonna do?
Is it up to me, is it up to you?
What kind of game is this that we’ve begun?
Was it done just for fun?
We have necked til I’m wrecked
Won’t you tell me what you expect?
Is this to be a case of kiss and never tell,
Folly and farewell,
Heaven or maybe Hell?
Which is it going to be; love or gin, life or sin?
Let’s begin

Now that you got me going whatcha gonna do?
Is it up to me, is it up to you?
What kind of game is this that we’ve begun?
Was it done just for fun?
We have necked til I’m wrecked
Won’t you tell me what you expect?
Is this to be a case of kiss and never tell,
Folly and farewell,
Heaven or maybe Hell?
Which is it going to be; love or gin, life or sin?
Let’s begin

And make a mess of both of our bright, young lives

Session / Album Information

1957

Let’s Begin was recorded on October 14, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart.


This recording also released on:

  • 1957: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1079 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1957: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7219 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1969: Harmony LP 12″: HS 11340 — Just One Of Those Things
  • 1970: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 646 — Just One Of Those Things [UK]
  • 1990: Columbia House Music Collection CD: C22 7973 — The Great American Composers: Jerome Kern
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 2005: Columbia CD: 94299 — Jazz Moods: Cool
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart

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