Being good isn't always easy
No matter how hard I try
When he started sweet-talkin' to me
He'd come and 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...) 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

Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man lyrics meaning

Meaning

There's some sexual psychology behind the attraction she feels to the preacher's son.

Both of them seem to be getting thrills from the fact that their parents would disapprove - a pretty common motivator for young people in doing anything! For the girl, her parents would be embarrassed that she would disrespect the preacher like this. For the preacher's son, his father likely wouldn't approve of such behaviour if he intends to have his son follow him into a strict religious lifestyle.

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