Oh! Temptation
Patrick Sweany Lyrics


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Oh temptation, you're just a wrong turn Dead end street
Oh temptation, why why why why won't You let me be?

The life that I once had, I just steady ran Around
All of my lovin', I just left it on the Ground
Nothin' meant nothin', all of my rights Lord were turning wrong
You used to get used to a way of Carrying on
Oh temptation, you're just a wrong turn Dead end street
Oh temptation, why why why why won't You let me be?

I know that I'm a good man, lord I leave Stray cat girls alone
Flooding and searching for the good Thing I have at home
Tossing and turning, take a look lord What thoughts will do
It's all in your mind,
It's all in your mind Don't let yourself be fooled

Oh! temptation
Oh! temptation




Oh! temptation
Oh! temptation

Overall Meaning

In Patrick Sweany's song "Oh! Temptation", the singer is struggling with temptation, which is portrayed as a dangerous, dead-end street that he can't resist turning down. He confesses that he used to live his life by running around recklessly, leaving behind any semblance of love and doing wrong by those close to him. He pleads with temptation to leave him alone and is aware of the consequences of giving in to it. While he recognizes that he is a good man at heart, he is tempted by the allure of other women and knows that he can't resist his thoughts without conscious effort.


The song speaks to the universal experience of being tempted to do the wrong thing, even when we know it's not the right path. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget what really matters, but Sweany's lyrics suggest that we have agency over our decisions and should strive to stay on the straight and narrow. The repetition of "Oh! Temptation" in the chorus highlights the power that temptation can hold over us, while also emphasizing the singer's determination to resist its pull.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh temptation, you're just a wrong turn Dead end street
The temptation to cheat or indulge in sin is a path that leads to loneliness and despair.


Oh temptation, why why why why won't You let me be?
Despite the harm it causes, temptation persists and causes inner turmoil.


The life that I once had, I just steady ran Around
A past life of impulsivity and lack of direction.


All of my lovin', I just left it on the Ground
Casual relationships caused him to disregard meaningful love.


Nothin' meant nothin', all of my rights Lord were turning wrong
Moral values were compromised and corrupted.


You used to get used to a way of Carrying on
This reckless lifestyle was once normalized.


I know that I'm a good man, lord I leave Stray cat girls alone
He recognizes the importance of loyalty and respects his committed relationship.


Flooding and searching for the good Thing I have at home
In the midst of temptation, he seeks and cherishes the value and stability of his home life.


Tossing and turning, take a look lord What thoughts will do
Inner conflict results in restless indecision and self-reflection.


It's all in your mind, It's all in your mind Don't let yourself be fooled
Temptation is an illusion that can be overcome with mental strength and discipline.


Oh! temptation
A repeated plea to resist the pull of temptation.


Oh! temptation
A repeated plea to resist the pull of temptation.


Oh! temptation
A repeated plea to resist the pull of temptation.


Oh! temptation
A repeated plea to resist the pull of temptation.




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