"Into Temptation" as written by and Neil Finn....
You opened up your door
I couldn't believe my luck
You in your new blue dress
Taking away my breath
The cradle is soft and warm
Couldn't do me no harm
You're showing me how to give
Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into temptation

A muddle of nervous words
Could never amount to betrayal
The sentence is all my own
The price is to watch it fail
As I turn to go
You looked at me for half a second
With an open invitation for me to go

Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into temptation
Safe in the wide open arms of hell

We can go sailing in
Climb down, lose yourself when you linger long
Into temptation
Right where you belong

The guilty get no sleep
In the last slow hours of morning
Experience is cheap
I should've listened to the warning
But the cradle is soft and warm

Into temptation
Knowing full well the earth will rebel
Into your wide open arms
No way to break the spell
Don't tell


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"Into Temptation" as written by Neil Mullane Finn

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    General Commentthe classic im fucking around on you anthem.
    kaatrienon April 18, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"The guilty get no sleep..." I love that part. Probably doesn't mean much to people who don't mind getting laid by anything on legs, but for any one else, it kind of epitomizes the struggle between what we want and doing what we feel is right.
    enchiridionon June 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy fav Crowded House song... The sparseness of the guitar line during the verses can only be described as beautiful. I heard an interview on JJJ that this song was inspired by a hotel Neil stayed at where a football team was housed up alongside a netball team and how Neil was kept awake by their activities...

    Anway this song is full of imagery and great lines...

    My personal fav is:

    A muddle of nervous words
    Could never amount to betrayal

    I can relate to this and everytime I hear it, it is too sharp a reminder of my own failings...
    Dressed2Depresson September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Knowing full well the earth will rebel"

    I love this line.

    It's a bit of a hyperbole, but it shows the thoughts of a man tempted to have a affair, but paranoid that if he does he will be found out.
    auntdewon July 29, 2011   Link
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    General Commentincredibly beautiful. an all-time favorite.
    girlybaton February 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great song. Neil Finn, in my opinion, is the best at writing lyrics that capture moments in life. Everyone who has a soul can relate to this song. "Lose yourself when you linger long"...watch out.
    Celtic_FCon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The guilty get no sleep.." Wonder if Neil was influenced by George Michael? "Guilty feet have got no rhythm" Naaaa - no way! This is my favourite Crowded House song
    kiwivicon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was reading an interview with Elvis Costello in which he singled out Neil Finn as one of the greatest living songwriters. Costello also said he wished he had written this song.
    vaqueraon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI complete believe Elvis Costello saying Finn is one of the greatest living songwriters. The Finn Bros. make exquisite pop songs. At their best, and In Temptation is a good example, they remind me of McCartney/ Lennon. Just perfectly crafted songs.
    bb6634on October 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNeil spoke about this song in the early 90s at a concert in Newport/Cardiff ... I recall (heh its 16 years ago now) him mentioning being tempted by the girl in the blue dress and also about the 'earth will rebel' bit being about how Californian excess will lead to the earth rebelling in the form of an earthquake. So I'm going for an analogy between personal temptation and Californian excess - but no soothsaying or moralism just his usual 'wouldn't it be fun or interesting (or intriguing) to see it this way'. So if your tempted be prepared for the consequences.
    Oh by the way, fantastic song, yeah he's the best songwriter since L&M, I reckon he's inherited the McCartney role and Costello the Lennon role and both have taken them further but still haven't written anywhere near as many classics, but one man's apple is anothers ....
    Katewheelson May 24, 2010   Link

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