take it from the top

take it from the top

To begin again from the very beginning. Used in reference to the performance of something, especially a song. No, no, no—you're still coming in too early with that high note, James. Let's take it again from the top, everyone! Is everyone who's in this scene here? Good, let's take it from the top.
See also: take, top

take it from the top

Fig. to begin [again] at the beginning, especially the beginning of a piece of music. (Originally in reference to the top of a sheet of music.) The conductor stopped the band and had the players take it from the top again. Let's take it from the top and play it a bit softer this time.
See also: take, top

ˌtake it from the ˈtop

(informal) go back to the beginning of a song, piece of music, speech, etc. and repeat it: OK, take it from the top, and no mistakes this time!
See also: take, top