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"When I Say I Beg Your Pardon, Then I'll Come Back To You"  - The title of an awful song (to match his awful violin playing) once written by comedian Jack Benny on his comedy program THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM/CBS/1950-65.

The Jack Benny Show

On a number of radio and TV episodes Jack tried his darnedest to get various musicians to record his terrible song. The episode "When You Say 'I Beg Your Pardon'…" 03-02-52 featured guest Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, George Burns and Groucho Marx who sing a riotous version of Jack's song from Palm Springs. The radio spots are available on 20 CD set entitled The Ultimate Jack Benny Collection.

On the TV episode No. 158 "Jack Writes a Song" 12/17/1961, Jack finds a song he wrote years ago "When You Say 'I Beg Your Pardon', Then I'll Come Back To You. When you ask me to forgive you, I'll return..." and tries to get his guest star Dimitri Tiomkin to write an arrangement of it.

And on the 10/23/1962 episode, Jack convinces his guest star Lawrence Welk to perform his song, but Jack doesn't like Welk's polka version of the song.


'I Beg Your Pardon' Song Lyrics

When you say 'I beg your pardon'
Then I'll come back to you
When you ask me to forgive you I'll return
Like the swallows in Cerreno return to Capistrano
For you my heart will always
always always always yearn
When you say that you are sorry
then I will understand
'Neath the harvest moon we'll pledge our love anew
Oh my darling though were parted
Come back to whence we started
And sweetheart then I'll come back to you


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