Song Lyric Sunday (7 June 2020) – Size

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

Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry M Woods


    • I am currently working on the theory that recordings of live performances are more likely to play globally than “official” videos. My latest experiment! I have a funny feeling that I read this was the only time he performed this song live.

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    • I think I read that this was the only live performance. In any case I’m working on the theory that recorded-live music is more likely to play globally that official videos. I’m fed up that half of the time they won’t play and that there’s nothing I seem to be able to do about it.

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      • It’s good they were able to get the live performance taped then. The youtubes you post won’t play on your blog? Does it depend on which country is trying to view it?

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        • No, my videos always play for me, but readers in the US, in particular, get error messages saying that they won’t play in that region. I complained to YouTube about it, that I cannot do a “safe” search, but they are automatons. It sometimes happens vice-versa when I listen to music posted by other people. Strangely, it can be music from, say, the Sixties, i.e. so old, you wouldn’t think anybody would care.

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