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I bought a toothbrush, some toothpaste
A flannel for my face
Pyjamas, a hairbrush
New shoes and a case
I said to my reflection
Let's get out of this place
Past the church and the steeple
The laundry on the hill
Billboards and the buildings
Memories of it still
Keep calling and calling
But forget it all
I know I will

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What's been going on
Now that you have gone
There's no other
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered

I'm at the car park, the airport
The baggage carousel
The people keep on crowding 
I'm wishing I was well 
I said it's no occasion
It's no story I could tell 

At my bedside empty pocket
A foot without a sock
Your body gets much closer
I fumble for the clock
Alarmed by the seduction
I wish that it would stop


I bought a novel, some perfume
A fortune all for you
But it's not my conscience
That hates to be untrue
I asked of my reflection
Tell me what is there to do


Tempted by the fruit of another (What's been going on)
Tempted but the truth is discovered (What's been going on)
(repeat to fade)

Lines highlighted in the 2nd verse and backing vocals at the end are performed by Elvis Costello.

Tempted (unreleased cover)
Written byChris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Performed byElvis Costello & Steve Nieve

 This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello, but he co-produced and sang on the 1981 single by Squeeze. In 2012, he performed it in honor of guest Chris Difford.
Only known performance:
May 16, 2012, Brighton, England
     (1 known performance)

“Weirdly enough, although the video shows Chris and John singing the bass and falsetto ‘vocal group’ parts, those were my doing, along the single-line rhythm guitar. I don’t think anyone mistook us for The Temptations but it was hit, so I guess it worked.” X, July 20, 2024

Squeeze versions

Written byChris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook
Performed bySqueeze
Produced byElvis Costello and Roger Bechirian
MusiciansPaul Carrack – vocals, keyboards
Glenn Tilbrook – vocals, guitar
Chris Difford – guitar, vocals
John Bentley – bass
Gilson Lavis – drums
Elvis Costello – guest and backing vocal
AlbumsEast Side Story, 1981
SinglesTempted, 1981
CollectionsSqueeze: Singles - 45's And Under, 1982
Squeeze: Greatest Hits, 1994
Squeeze: Big Squeeze, 2002
Various Artists collectionsModern Rock: 1980-1981, 1999
Tempted - A Collection Of Mellow 80s Classics, 2000

Tempted '94
Performed bySqueeze
Produced byRon Fair
Elvis Costello, John Bentley - backing vocals
SoundtracksReality Bites, 1993
Category:Unreleased covers1999-00-00 live.jpg

Squeeze: East Side StorySqueeze East Side Story album cover.jpg

Squeeze: Tempted (single)1981, Squeeze, Tempted, single front cover.jpg

Squeeze: Singles - 45's And UnderSqueeze Singles 45's And Under album cover.jpg

Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Rita Coolidge  1983 Never Let You Go Wikipedia
Joe Cocker  1984 Civilized Man AllMusicAmazon
Jools Holland  1997 Lift the Lid AllMusic
 Rockapella  2001 In Concert Wikipedia
 Ellen Woloshin  2001 Tried & True AllMusicAmazon
Richard Thompson  2003 1000 Years of Popular Music Wikipedia
Sting  2006 B-Sides & Rarities AllMusic

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