Words & Music by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed, 1933
Recorded by Perry Como, 1945 (#15)*

E         F       E
You came, I was alone --

F               E   Dm6 Bm7       E
I should have known you were temptation.

E            F         E    D9   E
You smiled, luring me on,

F             E        Dm6 Bm7      E
My heart was gone, and you were temptation.


E           Cdim(IV)  Cdim B7           E
It would be thrilling,     if you were willing;

A    A9    A    E    Cm B7  F   Fdim E
And, if it can nev - er be, pit - y  me.

B7   E        F           E
For you were born to be kissed;

F          E    Dm6 Bm7        Dm6    E
I can't resist, you are temp - ta - tion.

A              Dm6 E7 D9  A
I am yours -- here is my heart,

 D   A   E   A       Dm6  Bm7-5      A
Take it and say that we'll nev - er part.

Dm   A   E   A    Dm6  A Bm7-5  A
I'm just a slave, on - ly  a  slave --

E   A         Dm6          E  Fdim(III)   A
To you, temp - ta - tion, I'm   your    slave!

*This song has enjoyed huge popularity over the years. It was recorded by Como in 1945, then reached #21 when re-released again the next year. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film "Going Hollywood." Crosby's version hit #3 the next year, against competing versions by Ted Fio Rito (#15) and Ferde Grofe (#19). Artie Shaw scored with it in 1944 (#21), and Red Ingle had a #1 version three years later. The Everly Brothers reached #27 with it in 1961. In addition, two instrumental versions also reached the top 100: Roger Williams (#15, 1960) and Boots Randolph (#93, 1967.)

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.