Son Of A Preacher Man lyrics

Son Of A Preacher Man Dusty Springfield

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Son Of A Preacher Man Lyrics

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 (oh-oh)
When he started sweet-talkin’ to me
He’d come and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh)
He’d kiss and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh)
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 (was), he was(was), ooh Lord knows 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 (was), he was (was), oh yes he was

(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man) He was the sweet-talkin’ son of a preacher man
(The only boy who could ever teach me, was a son of a preacher man) Ah his name was the son of a preacher man
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Sweet-talkin’ son of a preacher man
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Ah he was the son of a preacher man
(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man)


Guitar Lessons


Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 1

Today we start working on a new song in Dusty Springfield’s legendary Son Of A Preacher Man.

Due to the lack of guitar on the original recording, we are going to have to invent a guitar part.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 2 (Free Preview)

Let’s learn that verse! The progression moves from chord I to chord IV and then back again.

The use of the 6 over the E chord, hints the 3rd of the A.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 3

Today we continue our journey of inventing a guitar part for the super famous Son Of A Preacher Man.

In this step, we look at how to play the chorus.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 4

In this step we learn the intro and the instrumental sections, they are not exactly the same.

In total there are seven different examples here to try. Which one will you end up using?

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 5

Today we put all you’ve worked on so far together as we play the first half of Son Of A Preacher Man.

I’ll give you two examples of how to do this, start by learning them before you develop your own variations.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 6

Today we get into the M8. This is what chord progression legends are made of.

This section presents a new idea to the song, changes key, and takes us to the chorus a 4th up.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 7

It is details that are too small to pick out for the average listener that in the end makes them go: Wow, without being able to explain why.

If you can put the same amount of detailed work as a great singer does, you’ll be a great guitarist.

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Step 8

In this final step, you play the song on your own with the band. Every time you enter a new section, aim to explore the fret board with your different chord shapes.

Remember, it is being able to “improvise the part up” that matters, not to memorize stuff exactly.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Son Of A Preacher Man was first recorded and released by Dusty Springfield in 1968.

Since then, few artists have recorded their version, however, most have probably had it on their setlist more than once.

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Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield is the 60s and 70s singer from London U.K who was a big part of bringing American R&B and soul to the U.K

Her most famous songs include Son Of A Preacher Man, Spooky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.

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