"The Silver-Tongued Devil" as written by and Kris Kristofeerson....
I took myself down to the Tally-Ho Tavern to buy me a bottle of beer
I sat me down by a tender young maiden whose eyes were as dark as her hair
And as I was searchin' from bottle to bottle for somethin' unfoolish to say
That silver tongued devil just slipped from the shadows and smilingly stole her away
I said hey little girl don't you know he's the devil he's everything that I ain't
Hidin' intentions of evil under the smile of a saint
All he's good for is gettin' in trouble and shifting his share of the blame
And some people swear he's my double and some even say we're the same
But the silver tongued devil's got nothing to lose I'll only live till I die
We take our own chances and pay our own dues the silver tongued devil and I
Like all the fair maidens who've laid down beside him
She knew in her heart that he'd lied
But nothing that I could have said could've saved her
No matter how hard that she tried
Cause she'll offer her soul to the darkness and danger
Of something that she's never known
And open her arms at the smile of a stranger who'll love her and leave her alone
And you know he's the devil...

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"The Silver Tongued Devil and I" as written by Kris Kristofeerson

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    Song MeaningA damned travesty that there are only a handful of comments on the collection here of one of the greatest lyricist of all time.

    This is a story about treating women poorly and the remorse he feels about it. Almost a Jekyll and Hyde bit. A tongue-in-cheek excuse for his scoundrel ways.
    -jeramie-on March 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites...and a great explanation. I think the lack of comments is because Kris seldom leaves you wondering about what his songs are about.
    a1anorthon January 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAh, the good old days... the late 60's and early 70's before the days when an STD could kill you.

    This is largely about a good looking but shy man, as Kris was, who needs to get a good buzz going to release his charms and get beyond the prim, proper and shyness that's been pounded into his being his whole life in order to approach someone with the sole intent to get laid. The other side of the coin is there were plenty of women who with new found freedom from Birth Control Pills and the resulting sexual revolution were just out for No Strings Attached sex at certain points of their life. Still, most women didn't want to appear ‘easy'. {Hence, the ‘controversial’ Rush Limbaugh comment that most guys knew there were times when ‘no’ really meant ‘yes’ if you didn’t automatically give up the first time you heard it or did not get “NO slapped” rang true with many of us who came of age during this era}
    So investing several hours getting slowly drunk then leaving together come closing time was a protocol many of we young people adopted as OK.
    Sometimes the one nighter would turn into something more {Jackson Browne's "Ready or Not" is about one such encounter} but if it didn't it was nothing to be crushed over.
    That is not the case with TSD&I
    As a former bartender back then in a hip, young people place I saw plenty of what's in this song come to fruition and did the same thing many times when I was on the other side of the bar .... walk in, see a good looking young lady with an empty stool beside her and sit down, start drinking and turning on the charm.
    Well, actually there were two of us on those occasions ... ah, ha, ha, ha. ... The silver tongued devil and I, who was merely along for the ride. ; )
    catmeton October 05, 2015   Link

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