Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man Lyrics

Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis cover art
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Billy Ray was a preacher's son
And when his daddy would visit he'd come along
When they gathered around and started talkin'
That's when Billy would take me walkin'
Out through the back yard we'd go walkin'
Then he'd look into my eyes
Lord knows, to my surprise

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, ooh, yes he was

Bein' good isn't always easy
No matter how hard I try
When he started sweet-talkin' to me
He'd come'n tell me "Everything is all right"
He'd kiss and tell me "Everything is all right"
Can I get away again tonight?

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, ooh, yes he was (yes he was)

How well I remember
The look that was in his eyes
Stealin' kisses from me on the sly
Takin' time to make time
Tellin' me that he's all mine
Learnin' from each other's knowin'
Lookin' to see how much we've grown and

The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man
The only boy who could ever teach me
Was the son of a preacher man
Yes he was, he was, oh yes he was

(The only one who could ever reach me)
He was the sweet-talkin' son of a preacher man
(The only boy who could ever teach me)
Was the son of a preacher man
(The only one who could ever reach me)
Was the sweet-talkin' son of a preacher man
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Just a Little Lovin’
  • 2 So Much Love
  • 3 Son of a Preacher Man
  • 4 I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore
  • 5 Don’t Forget About Me
  • 6 Breakfast in Bed
  • 7 Just One Smile
  • 8 The Windmills of Your Mind
  • 9 In the Land of Make Believe
  • 10 No Easy Way Down
  • 11 I Can’t Make It Alone


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
    album: Track 3 in album Dusty in Memphis
    release date: 1969-3
    popularity : 342 users have visited this page.
    genres: Funk / Soul Blues Pop
    styles: Blues Rock/Rhythm & Blues/Pop Rock
    length: 2:27
    producer: Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin
    engineer: Ed Kollis
    brass arranger: Tom Dowd
    strings arranger & brass arranger: Arif Mardin
    conductor: Gene Orloff
    background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
    bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
    drums: Gene Chrisman
    guitar & sitar: Reggie Young
    organ & electric piano: Bobby Emmons
    writer: John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
    Album Information
    label: Philips
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin