TemptationWords & 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. Bridge: 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.)