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TEMPTATION (Jo Stafford) Ignacio Herb Brown (m) Arthur Freed (l) plus additional & amended lyrics Jo Stafford (as "Cinderella G Stump") w Red Ingle & The Natural Seven rec 1947 Risin' on the ball and here we go! Oh tell me, will you, darlin', Why you look so bad tonight! There's bags around your eyeballs Which is red instead of white! Well it were thisaway! You came when I was alone, Shucks, I shoulda knowed That you was temptation! You smiled, a-leerin' me on, my heart is plumb gone, 'Cause you was temptation! It'd be thrillin' Ifen you're willin', But ifen it never can be, Then pity for me! For you was too too bored to be kissed, I couldn't resist 'Cause you was temptation, And I was yours! Yes, as the serpent tempted Adam, As the apple tempted Eve, As a mud hole tempts a mosquito, darlin', That's how you tempted me! Yeah, his corn-liquored lips are puckered, As sorghum tempts a bee, As a willow tree tempts a caterpillar, darlin', That's how you tempted me! You came when I was alone, Shucks, I shoulda knowed That you was temptation! You smiled, a-leerin' me on, my heart is plumb gone, 'Cause you was temptation! It'd be thrillin' Ifen you're willin', But ifen it never can be, Then pity for me! For you was too too bored to be kissed, I couldn't resist 'Cause you was temptation, And I was yours! Here's my heart! Take it away! Yes, take it away I said And we will never never never part! I'm just a slave, just a bad burn slave, I'm a-goin' with you! (ah-ha!) 'Cause you're temptation And Im a red hot flame (hot Cinders!) For you! (Contributed by Peter Akers - October 2010)

    


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