"Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield cover)" as written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins....
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


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"Son of a Preacher Man" as written by Ronnie Wilkins John Hurley

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    General CommentThis song holds a very special place in my heart. I am a son of a preacher man and growing up hearing this song made me think that I too one day would be smooth enough to steal kisses from the object of my desire. Unfortunately, I have always been totally disarmed by women and certainly never acquired the moves needed to compete with Billy Ray mentioned in the song (probably just as well as I have been married for 28 years in a couple of days).

    I am not sure if I heard Dusty’s or Aretha’s version first but Aretha’s version is the one version I own and hear all the time. What a great vocal by Aretha as she seems to be totally disarmed by that wolf Billy Ray. Helpless in his power she seems more resigned to her emotions than what I remember from Dusty. Both renditions are wonderful.
    grogleyon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAretha sings this?
    xoblahxxblahxoon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentonly one of her most famous songs, oops, even though it might be a cover
    PerryDeuon September 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this, she is throwing away her childhood innocence, something all young women go through. But her impulses are driven purely by this one boy, or 'billy ray'
    love it sooo much x mmwa
    Izeon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was originally sung by Dusty Springfield, and although I've never heard the 'Retha version, I know she did do one.
    yoshemitzuon December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis always reminds me of Pulp Fiction :]
    dorky_twilighteron October 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAretha is Gold!
    temptation777on June 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe best version to listen to is from Pulp Fiction
    temptation777on June 13, 2010   Link

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