Temptation
Les Baxter Lyrics


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You came, I was alone
I should have known you were temptation
You smiled, luring me on
My heart was gone, you were temptation
It would be thrilling
If you were willing
If it can never be
Pity me for you are temptation and I am yours

Here is my heart, take it and say
We'll never part
I'm just a slave
Only a slave to you, temptation
You were born to be kissed
I can't resist.

You are temptation and I am yours
Here is my heart, take it and say
We'll never part




I'm just a slave
Only a slave to you, temptation

Overall Meaning

The song Temptation, written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed and performed by Les Baxter, explores the idea of being lured by temptation and the inevitable consequences that come with it. The opening line sets the scene with the singer being alone and vulnerable when they encounter Temptation. In the next line, the singer acknowledges that they should have known that Temptation was going to be trouble for them. However, Temptation's smile and alluring nature quickly pull the singer in, causing them to fall in love despite their better judgment.


The chorus of the song explores the idea of being completely powerless when in the grip of Temptation. The singer admits that they would be thrilled if they could be with Temptation, but they know it can never be. This leads the singer to feel pity for themselves, as they are completely under Temptation's spell. The second verse continues to emphasize the singer's vulnerability, with the offer of their heart to Temptation, knowing that they will never be able to resist them. The song ends with the singer declaring themselves to be Temptation's slave, completely at their mercy.


Line by Line Meaning

You came, I was alone
You entered my life, and I was lonely before that.


I should have known you were temptation
I failed to recognize that you were the source of the temptation in my life.


You smiled, luring me on
You enticed me to follow you with your attractive smile.


My heart was gone, you were temptation
You robbed me of my heart, as you were the irresistible temptation.


It would be thrilling
If we both took the risks, it would be exciting.


If you were willing
If only you would be ready to take the leap of faith.


If it can never be
However, if it is not feasible,


Pity me for you are temptation and I am yours
I'm falling for you, and you're the cause. It's beyond my control.


Here is my heart, take it and say
Here is my heart that beats for you, take it and turn it into a permanent fixture in your life.


We'll never part
Promise me that we will never part from this moment on.


I'm just a slave
I'm trapped and helpless to resist you.


Only a slave to you, temptation
I'm just a mere servant of temptation, and you own me.


You were born to be kissed
You were created with irresistible charm that makes you perfect for loving.


I can't resist.
My desires for you have taken over, and I cannot fight them anymore.


You are temptation and I am yours
You are the bewitching force that I am drawn to, and you have power over me.




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: LARRY JOHNSON, LARRY CURTIS JOHNSON

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