"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.
And I sat me down by a tender young maiden,
Who's eyes were as dark as her hair.
And as I was searching from bottle to bottle,
For something un-foolish 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.
"Hiding intentions of evil,
"Under the smile of a saint.
"All he's good for is getting in trouble,
"And shiftin' 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 'til 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.
Nothin' that I could have said could have saved her,
No matter how hard that she tried.
'Cos she'll offer her charms to the darkness and danger,
Of somethin' 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.
He's everything that I ain't.
Hiding intentions of evil,
Under the smile of a saint.
All he's good for is getting in trouble,
And shiftin' 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 'til I die.
We take our own chances and pay our own dues,
Ah ha ha ha.

The silver tongued devil and I.


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"Silver Tongued Devil" 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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