Son of a Preacher Man Lyrics

Dusty Springfield


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins
album: Track 5 in album Dusty in Memphis
release date: 1969-3
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length: 2:27
conductor: Gene Orloff
engineer: Ed Kollis
electric piano: Bobby Emmons
bass guitar: Tommy Cogbill
sitar: Reggie Young
guitar: Reggie Young
organ: Bobby Emmons
drums: Gene Chrisman
strings arranger: Arif Mardin
brass arranger: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin
producer: Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd
background vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
writer: John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins

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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

  • 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