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David Houston performs "Almost Persuaded"

"Almost Persuaded" is a song written by Glenn Sutton and Muscle Shoals songwriter Billy Sherrill and first recorded by David Houston in 1966. It is not to be confused with the Christian hymn of the same name.

 

The song is about a married man who, while patronizing a tavern, sees a beautiful young woman and is instantly smitten. Forgetting that he is married, he nearly succumbs to temptation. However, when the two share a slow dance on the floor, he sees the reflection of his wedding band in her eyes and, remembering his vows to his wife, leaves.

 

"Almost Persuaded" spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart starting in August 1966 and has since gone on to become a country standard. The song was also a moderate pop hit, reaching twenty-four on the Billboard pop chart and was David Houston's only top 40 entry on the pop charts.

David Houston - Almost Persuaded Lyrics

 

Last night all alone in a barroom

Met a girl with a drink in her hand. 

She had ruby red lips, coal black hair 

And eyes that would tempt any man.

Then she came and sat down at my table,

And as she placed her soft hands in mine,

I found myself wanting to kiss her 

For temptation was flowing like wine.

And I was almost persuaded to strip myself of my pride.

Almost persuaded to push my conscience aside.

Then we danced and she whispered, "I need you!"

"Take me away from here and be my man."

Then I looked into her eyes and I saw it:

The reflection of my wedding band.

And I was almost persuaded to let strange lips lead me on.

Almost persuaded but your sweet love made me stop and go home.

Last night all alone in a barroom

Met a guy with a drink in his hand. 

He had bay blue eyes, coal black hair 

And a smile that a girl understands. 

Then he came and sat down at my table,

And as he placed his hands over mine,

I found my self wanting to kiss him 

For temptation was flowing like wine.

And I was almost persuaded to strip myself of my pride.

Almost persuaded to push my conscience aside.

Then we danced and he whispered, "I need you!"

"Let me take you away and be your man."

Then I looked into his eyes and I saw it:

The reflection of my wedding band.

And I was almost persuaded to let strange lips lead me on.

Almost persuaded but your sweet love made me stop and go home.


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