Last week, Jim over at A Unique Title For Me set a theme of spices (my selection). This week, he gives us the theme of size.
I got myself a Google speaker in the middle of last year, plus a Spotify subscription at Christmas, and I have to say I quite like the combination. Especially as I’m going to bed, I can tell it to play music by so-and-so, then instruct it to turn itself off after a set time.
Today I thought I’d present a song by one of my favourite night-time artists, Otis Redding. In fact this song dates from 1932, way before Otis, and was originally written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M Woods, and originally performed by the Ray Noble Orchestra, with Val Rosing on vocals.
But Otis’s version, in 1966, is about the best-known. It was very “bluesy”, with Otis being backed by Booker T and the MGs. It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and came in at #204 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This is Try a little Tenderness.
Oh, she may be weary Young girls they do get weary Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah But when she gets weary Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah
You know she’s waiting Just anticipating For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess, yeah yeah But while she’s there waiting, without them Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do)
It’s not just sentimental, no, no, no She has her grief and care, yeah yeah yeah But the soft words, they are spoke so gentle, yeah It makes it easier, easier to bear, yeah
You won’t regret it, no, no Some girls they don’t forget it Love is their only happiness, yeah But it’s all so easy All you gotta do is try, try a little tenderness, yeah All you gotta do is, man, hold her where you want her
Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her Get to her, try, try Just try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah You got to know how to love her, man, you’ll be surprised, man You’ve got to squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave You’ve got to hold her and rub her softly Try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah You’ve got to rub her gentle man, all you gotta do, no no You’ve got to love her, squeeze her, don’t tease her Gotta try nah nah nah, try Try a little tenderness, yeah, watch her groove You’ve gotta to know what to do, man Take this advice