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Crowded House — Into Temptation
Album: Recurring Dream
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7.7

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Total ratings: 2985









Released: 1996
Length: 4:18
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
It 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 this spell
Break this spell
Don't tell
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One of my favorite bands of all time.  So talented.  Beautiful song.

I ask people if they've ever heard of Crowded House and they say no.  I tell them oh yes you do and sing a few bars from Don't Dream It's Over and they say, oh yeah, I know them. This band is so underrated and, it seems, little known, except here at RP.
Sister song to Fall at Your Feet.
So hard not to fall into temptation, sometimes...
Then you listen to this song and, carpe diem!
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 oldsinger wrote:
The Into Temptation Songfacts reports that the song was inspired by Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn witnessing members of a rugby team and a netball team pairing up, whilst staying in a New Zealand motel.
 
Sounds very much like someone is having someone on.
nice segue from "Hard to Explain" by the Cowboy Junkies, Bill.
wonderful song and band... great melodies.
Wow, Crowded House - Into Temptation then Porcupine Tree - Waiting.
Brilliant Bill.
That's why I tune in. 
yep kiwi frontman songwriter and kiwi's regard them as a kiwi band but of course aussies will claim any kiwi that has talent as one of their own. Some dont even need to set foot in aus to be claimed by em. Sad innit {#Stupid}
 oldsaxon wrote:

Neil is from New Zealand. 

 
Love the Finns...Kiwi mojo...Totalemente approprio!
Meaning of the song aside, I love hearing local talent being played.....  Yes, Neil Finn is a New Zealander, but they will always be an awesome Australian band for me!!  
Love Neil, amazing live, saw him in Toronto small venue, he made the management rip down all the advertising banners down from the balcony and walls before he sang...pretty bold for a small dude
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Beautiful song about statutory rape. 

 
No!

It's a metaphor! Have you never been "cradled" by a person who is showing love and affection? And the last line of the song — Don't tell —clearly shows that the protagonist knows he is doing something wrong but is giving in to the urge. 

This is a cheatin' song. Two adults. Nothing more.  
{#Cheers}I will never ever tire of listening to Crowded House or the brothers Finn. 
Great songwriters, these blokes
 coloradojohn wrote:
How I love this staggering, monumentally human, and thoroughly humbling masterpiece from a true living Master of Pathos!  I count myself among the most lucky and blessed to have seen Neil and the best version of CH at their peak on the Woodface tour in late '91.

 
I love this song too and I wish I'd made the effort to see CH live back in the day.  
Lyrical discussion aside I feel that the world would be just a little bit better if Neil Finn could sing it a lullaby each night.
Always reminded me of Lolita. Lyrically and musically so pretty... one of my few 10s here. 
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Beautiful song about statutory rape. 

 
The Into Temptation Songfacts reports that the song was inspired by Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn witnessing members of a rugby team and a netball team pairing up, whilst staying in a New Zealand motel.
"the cradle is soft and warm.." beautiful words and music
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Beautiful song about statutory rape. 

 
Um, where do you get that?  I'm seriously curious.  The "cradle" imagery?
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Beautiful song about statutory rape. 

 
Or perhaps he's feeling guilty because he's already in a relationship.
It's a sad day when all that comes to mind with the mention of a pretty blue dress, is under age girls.
Beautiful song about statutory rape. 
Great one!
Awesome, Thanks Bill.
 ppopp wrote:

It would be a dull world if we all agreed on everything.

 
I disagree strongly.

{#Curtain} 
                 Spellbound By J Shaped Key

                    If you come to Elizabeth town
        Look around, do you see people scrupulous
                And are they dying for an exit sign?
         But wait a second,  geez ! belle of the ball.?
         And guess what,  maybe she's got that city key.
     From the city fathers. and I start strongly to believe
                   They forged it on purpose.
          
            Now can we skip the trip to local church
                I know the geek in tries to reboot
         But please just jump the confession booth.
      Otherwise something else will get hold of you.
Absolutely. Perfect. 

zigzag wrote:
"....don't tell."

Beautifully crafted song.

 

 


"....don't tell."

Beautifully crafted song.

 
A+

springof63 wrote:

"oh no it wouldn't"
{#Laughing}

 


 ppopp wrote:

It would be a dull world if we all agreed on everything.

 
"oh no it wouldn't"
{#Laughing}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

You seem to hate everything. Why are you still here?

 
It would be a dull world if we all agreed on everything.
How I love this staggering, monumentally human, and thoroughly humbling masterpiece from a true living Master of Pathos!  I count myself among the most lucky and blessed to have seen Neil and the best version of CH at their peak on the Woodface tour in late '91.
 Pioneer_Sing wrote:
Neil and Tim Finn at the peak of their songwriting.....gold.....

 
{#Notworthy}{#Yes}  Just beautiful.
 ppopp wrote:
Pithy, insipid, vanilla tripe. Makes me want to go to the mall, and I loathe going to the mall.

 
The last time I went to the mall I was inundated with shitty autotuned pop crap and hideous cover versions of the same. I never heard anything as thoughtful as this.
 ppopp wrote:
Pithy, insipid, vanilla tripe. Makes me want to go to the mall, and I loathe going to the mall.
 
You seem to hate everything. Why are you still here?
 ppopp wrote:
Pithy, insipid, vanilla tripe. Makes me want to go to the mall, and I loathe going to the mall.

 
Get over it ... some like it! {#Wink} and yes I am one of them.
Pithy, insipid, vanilla tripe. Makes me want to go to the mall, and I loathe going to the mall.
I never tire of this musical gem, saw this live in SF a few years back...sweet!!{#Cheers}
Bill, if you can find a way of making the PSD button appear on Sonos for radioparadise, it would really help when this guy's songs appear on your otherwise magnificent station. Thanks.
Neil and Tim Finn at the peak of their songwriting.....gold.....
ha oui, la mélodie !!!!!{#Bananajam}
Nice song but I fully expect it to be followed by Nouvelle Vague's cover of "Too drunk to f.."
 Grammarcop wrote:
All work comes to a screeching halt.

 

Yes ineedy!{#Meditate}
Fabulous, and a nice short mental journey back to about 1987.
My earworm this morning. 
Thank goodness for Play Something Different.
All work comes to a screeching halt.
 kcar wrote:

If only... {#Pray}



 
teacher's pet hall monitor stalker kcar strikes again!
You're jammin, Bill, I'm feelin ya
Ok Bill - three tracks from down under in a row....  wouldn't be an 'open invitation into temptation' to a visit to the land of honey and gold, now would it?   {#Motor} 
 jagdriver wrote:
Overplayed.

 
Way
So real... hope I will never live this situation, to fall into temptation. :/
I just saw Neil's latest tour as it stopped in Seattle on Sunday, March 30.  WOW!  A truly unbelievable show (2 1/2 hours).  3 encore sets and the topper was his good buddy, Eddie Vedder showed up and sang 5-6 songs with him.  Great energy and the crowd responded.  I was with my daughter right against the stage with Neil and Eddie right in front of us.  After one song, Eddie leaned over and gave my daughter his guitar pick (a real nice one with his initials on it).  Later Neil came by and shook everyone's hand, who were on the front rail.  One of the best I've seen.  If you have tickets to any of the few North America shows, you are lucky.
 rdo wrote:
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Well no, actually. Unless you're censoring yourself.
Just goddam beautiful, no question.
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ok Peter, j'ai peut-être noté un peu vite (8), en fait ça vaut plus ! J'espère que tu parles français ! Hi from France 
 raga wrote:
Average rating 7.8?? {#Stupid}{#Snooty} 

This is a solid 10

 

 
....... yer not wrong
Just plain pretty..
great arrangement thanks for playing 
 
Average rating 7.8?? {#Stupid}{#Snooty} 

This is a solid 10

  
Finn Brothers are the best!
Overplayed.
Such a simple song but resonates so deeply...
 jbunniii wrote:
Sublime.

 
Agreed.  Wonderful song. 
Sublime.
Absolutely love this. Thanks for playing it!
This band are UNDERplayed in Canada.
This is one my faves :)
 Saire wrote:
You can't go wrong with Crowded House. So many of their songs have such an achingly beautiful melancholia that they're actually quite uplifting. Thoroughly enjoyed hearing this one again :)
 
Couldn't agree more, well written, well said!  {#High-five}
 suesblues wrote:
Perhaps because I am Australian, I have had this band played to death throughout the 90s - can't stand them now, soppy rubbish - 1 from me!  Give me Arcade Fire any day (previous comment)
 
As a Montrealer, I'll reciprocate with Arcade Fire and give them solid rubbish 1s.

{#Nyah}
Wonderful song. 
Absolutely adore this one Bill, BUT 5 plays in the last month makes it too repetitive for me  - particularly when there are so many other spectacular Crowded House / Finn Brothers ballads to play.  Thanks so much, but please rotate thru them all!  {#Cool}
Perhaps because I am Australian, I have had this band played to death throughout the 90s - can't stand them now, soppy rubbish - 1 from me!  Give me Arcade Fire any day (previous comment)
Melody, musicianship, and exquisite vocals; all in all the perfect antidote the the Arcade Fire aural demolition cacophony that preceded it today.
Beautiful song.
Liked this band from that big hit in the 80s, Don't Dream It's Over.  Also got some of the Finn Bros stuff.
Like.... {#Smile}
 Saire wrote:
You can't go wrong with Crowded House. So many of their songs have such an achingly beautiful melancholia that they're actually quite uplifting. Thoroughly enjoyed hearing this one again :)
 

Indeed.
You can't go wrong with Crowded House. So many of their songs have such an achingly beautiful melancholia that they're actually quite uplifting. Thoroughly enjoyed hearing this one again :)
 crogers wrote:

Wow Mikey-boy, that's pretty cold, emoticon not withstanding.  Normally I ignore little weasels like you as statistically insignificant "contributors" to the forum and therefore unworthy of rebuttal.  I've decided to make an exception in your case.

Someone who actually cares about how the music is constructed takes the time to put a considered analysis out there for us to compare with our own take on it and you label them pedantic... and pathetic?  You apparently don't realize it, but RP's comments section exists for listeners who want to comment on the music.  Yeah, the music!  Unfortunately, your blithering little juvenile rants invite responses that are considerably more biting and personal than any musical-preference comment.

You like calling people names and denegrating them, don't you?  You've called RP Supporters "stoners", "losers", "haters", "pedants", "posers", "snobs", "fools" and "stupid" — all in the past 5 months.  It looks to me like James_of_Tucson knows more about music than you do and you're just feeling a bit ignorant.  You are, aren't you — ignorant?  You couldn't formulate a thoughtful opinion about a piece of music if it walked up and smacked you on the ass. You want to feel superior to the rest of us but you don't have the chops.  Really, you don't have any game at all, do you Mikey?  You're just a whiny little troll with a penchant for making people feel crappy about themselves.  That's nice.  Now bite me and go away.

Or better yet, show us that your opinion is worth paying attention to and write something insightful, knowledgable and inspiring about a song played here.  Put some actual thought into it - like, more than 5 seconds worth.  Put something of yourself into it that doesn't suck.  Prove to us that you're not as much of a wanker as you appear.  Can you?
 
I agree.  I love to hear the musicologists' and analysts' comments.   I rail on pedantry too, I admit it. There is a fine line, however, between arrogance and informed analysis.  We want informed analysis, we do not want arrogance.  

     
Beautiful.
 ziakut wrote:
I miss the good ol' days with the low men in the temple.
 
I still think that is their best album.  Nothing lower than an 8 on it and four 10s!
Lovely song.
I miss the good ol' days with the low men in the temple.
 Rmike wrote:

Ahhhh  —- there's my Pathetic Pedant (PP) of the day.  Now I can get about my bizzniss.  ;-)

 
Wow Mikey-boy, that's pretty cold, emoticon not withstanding.  Normally I ignore little weasels like you as statistically insignificant "contributors" to the forum and therefore unworthy of rebuttal.  I've decided to make an exception in your case.

Someone who actually cares about how the music is constructed takes the time to put a considered analysis out there for us to compare with our own take on it and you label them pedantic... and pathetic?  You apparently don't realize it, but RP's comments section exists for listeners who want to comment on the music.  Yeah, the music!  Unfortunately, your blithering little juvenile rants invite responses that are considerably more biting and personal than any musical-preference comment.

You like calling people names and denegrating them, don't you?  You've called RP Supporters "stoners", "losers", "haters", "pedants", "posers", "snobs", "fools" and "stupid" — all in the past 5 months.  It looks to me like James_of_Tucson knows more about music than you do and you're just feeling a bit ignorant.  You are, aren't you — ignorant?  You couldn't formulate a thoughtful opinion about a piece of music if it walked up and smacked you on the ass. You want to feel superior to the rest of us but you don't have the chops.  Really, you don't have any game at all, do you Mikey?  You're just a whiny little troll with a penchant for making people feel crappy about themselves.  That's nice.  Now bite me and go away.

Or better yet, show us that your opinion is worth paying attention to and write something insightful, knowledgable and inspiring about a song played here.  Put some actual thought into it - like, more than 5 seconds worth.  Put something of yourself into it that doesn't suck.  Prove to us that you're not as much of a wanker as you appear.  Can you?
 oldsaxon wrote:

I approve of the subtle scent of hay in the string section and the strong oaking of the 12 string guitar. The subtle tannins in the mix add a slightly astringent taste to the vocals but with a bit of grilled lamb it could be a lovely song to listen to if boiled new potatoes and a salad were served next to it.

Sorry...couldn't resist. Seriously, you seem to have a very deep knowledge of the "bizness" end of these things. I struggle, though, to understand some of these specific technical issues, panning and space, for instance...can you expand? 
 
Mucho giggles.
It's easy really, panning is dissing something and/or steel drums as produced in Jamaica. Space is limited here, as in Vancouver parking spaces. I agree, let's stay with the grilled lamb, espcially if you can find it at Save-on-Meats.
 james_of_tucson wrote:

I approve of the panning on the 12-string guitar.  The percussion has a lot of space.  Finn's vocal is a little sterile.  I think the song would be better without the strings, but that's just my opinion — and they do complement the woodwinds nicely.  What's wrong with the mix, in your opinion? 
 
I approve of the subtle scent of hay in the string section and the strong oaking of the 12 string guitar. The subtle tannins in the mix add a slightly astringent taste to the vocals but with a bit of grilled lamb it could be a lovely song to listen to if boiled new potatoes and a salad were served next to it.

Sorry...couldn't resist. Seriously, you seem to have a very deep knowledge of the "bizness" end of these things. I struggle, though, to understand some of these specific technical issues, panning and space, for instance...can you expand? 
 james_of_tucson wrote:

I approve of the panning on the 12-string guitar.  The percussion has a lot of space.  Finn's vocal is a little sterile.  I think the song would be better without the strings, but that's just my opinion — and they do complement the woodwinds nicely.  What's wrong with the mix, in your opinion? 
 
Ahhhh  —- there's my Pathetic Pedant (PP) of the day.  Now I can get about my bizzniss.  ;-)

 Sasha2001 wrote:
Is Neil Finn Australia's greatest living songwriter? Notice I said "living," RIP brothers Gibb. While I'm on the subject (of Aussie musicians), has there ever been a better album to inspire young women to become inebriated and do stupid things than AC/DC's Back in Black?
 
Neil is from New Zealand. 
Crowded House never got the respect they deserved in North America. They made some of the strongest, smartest, most lyrical music anywhere since the Beatles. 

(Sorry for the long, convoluted sentence. I don't have time to write a shorter one.)
 That_SOB wrote:
 

This feels like swinging in a hammock, slight breeze, sunbeams off the water, easy living.

 

Add a glass of wine, and I'm with you.....
 lemmoth wrote:

Beautiful song from my second favorite songwriting Neil.

And no, my first is not Neil Diamond, he's from Canada.

And no, its not Neil Pert.

 
Neil Diamond is from Brooklyn.

On Edit: Oh! You mean your first favourite Neil, who is not Neil Diamond, is from Canada. Got ya.
Is Neil Finn Australia's greatest living songwriter? Notice I said "living," RIP brothers Gibb.

While I'm on the subject (of Aussie musicians), has there ever been a better album to inspire young women to become inebriated and do stupid things than AC/DC's Back in Black?
{#Clap}
 lemmoth wrote:

Beautiful song from my second favorite songwriting Neil.

And no, my first is not Neil Diamond, he's from Canada.

And no, its not Neil Pert.

 
Oooh tell us Dad, do! Me toes are burnin' away with a fever to know! {#Crown} 
Emotionally touching,one of their finest.
Close to perfection.

 
m3rvt wrote:
Just one of the most beautiful songs written! Neil is a God!!
 


 

This feels like swinging in a hammock, slight breeze, sunbeams off the water, easy living.


Neil is one of the few whose voice is a beautiful, tuned instrument.

Beautiful song from my second favorite songwriting Neil.

And no, my first is not Neil Diamond, he's from Canada.

And no, its not Neil Pert.


Nice set!

Into Temptation
All I want is you
Back to black

This is a nice song


 Stratocaster wrote:
Let's see...13 "people" have given this a 1.

948 people have given it 8, 9 or 10.

And you can't say it's rated higher than it should be because it's the Beatles, or the Stones, or the Who.

Guess that means it fits the definition of "a good song".

Sorry, one-percenters!!  Wrong-o!!
 
Who rates any song on RP a 1?  I don't get it.  I don't think I have heard anything less than a 5.  This one rates at least an 8.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
What a positively SUCKY mix on this song. The engineer was on the bad drug that day,
 
I approve of the panning on the 12-string guitar.  The percussion has a lot of space.  Finn's vocal is a little sterile.  I think the song would be better without the strings, but that's just my opinion — and they do complement the woodwinds nicely.  What's wrong with the mix, in your opinion? 
Just what I needed today.  {#Yes}
Let's see...13 "people" have given this a 1.

948 people have given it 8, 9 or 10.

And you can't say it's rated higher than it should be because it's the Beatles, or the Stones, or the Who.

Guess that means it fits the definition of "a good song".

Sorry, one-percenters!!  Wrong-o!!
 jameyp wrote:
I love it that RP plays a good amount of Crowded House and Neil Finn— His lyrics are stunners and his voice, beautiful {#Music}
 

Indeed!

 sqqqrly wrote:
Those that gave this a 1 must suffer from guilt.

 
{#Roflol} {#Roflol} {#Roflol}


Happy Christmas Bill, Rebacca and RP people! What a beautiful song {#Group-hug} 
Those that gave this a 1 must suffer from guilt.
This is one of the most beautiful songs Radio Paradise plays.
 
What a positively SUCKY mix on this song. The engineer was on the bad drug that day,
I love it that RP plays a good amount of Crowded House and Neil Finn— His lyrics are stunners and his voice, beautiful {#Music}
Into temptation .....{#Hug}

The guilty get no sleep  {#Naughty}

No way to brake this spell ...........................{#Angel}
 hugoallen wrote:
I've often wondered what Mrs Finn thinks of this song....
 
I think it's likely that it was written for her. And if that's the case then she probably enjoys it, for the memories it evokes for her.


This one should go to eleven!{#Yell}
 Stingray wrote:
Can we extend the RP-range to 12?
 
Why don't you just make ten louder?


tempted to give this gem a 10... oh hell why not, i'm not good at restraint.