"Try A Little Tenderness" as written by and Harry M/campbell Woods....
Ooh, she may be weary
And young girls, they do get wearied
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah
But when she gets weary
Try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah

You know she's waiting
Just anticipating
The thing that she'll never, never, never, never possess, yeah, yeah
But while she's there waiting, and 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
Young girls, they don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness, yeah

But it's all so easy
All you got to do is try, try a little, tenderness yeah
All you've gotta do is, man
Hold her where you want her
Squeeze her, don't tease her
Never leave her, get to her
Just try, try a little tenderness, y-y-yeah
You got to love and kiss her, man
Got to, got to, got to, don't lose her, no, no
You got to love her, tease her, don't you leave her
Got to try, now, now, now
Try, tru a little tenderness
Yeah, watch the groove now, you gotta know what to do, man


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"Try a Little Tenderness" as written by Reg Connelly Jimmy Campbell

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  • +2
    General Commentthere are very few songs that turn me on, and this is definitely one of it. Otis Redding is hot, and this cover is FIRE! It's beautiful, raw, honest and I love how it mimics actual sex with the speed changing--from slow and gentle to louder and faster!

    *so awesome*
    spunkychickon August 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLol Tenacious D!They do make me chuckle!And i agree,it is a good song!U seen Shrek??Listen carefully, Eddie Murphy (the donkey) does a coupla lines outta this!
    moonwalker85ukon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite song ever, ever, ever. his version is the best because of how much he puts into his songs when he sings. i love when the guy from pretty in pink breaks it down to this song :)
    joanna or noton June 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentin pretty in pink, when Duckie dances to this in the record shop ?
    all time favourite movie scene
    handsonmywaiston December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song - I just hope the fellas' are paying attention...;) This song is like a non crude/humorous version of 'Fuck Her Gently' by Tenacious D - lol!
    WishYouWereHereon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm in love with Mr Redding.

    Redding did not want to record this, but Stax Records executives and his friends wore him down with a constant barrage of requests. When he finally recorded it, he did it in a way that he was "sure" that it would not be released. The ploy didn't work. Redding's version of "Try a Little Tenderness" became his signature song and the biggest selling of the records released before his death.
    festijunkon July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^ From songfacts.com ^^^
    festijunkon July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song... = Amazing.. We Use it in our A Level Drama production Of "Road" By Jim Cartwright and it makes me cry... *sigh* the emotion is amazing

    =)
    Cut~Up~Angelson May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg thats my favourite movie scene as well!!!! i love that film soooooo much and this song sums it up!!!! I love this song whenever my boyfriend comes round we slow dance to it lol its absolutely amazing!!!! LOVE IT!!!!
    JarvisforPMon February 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg thats my favourite movie scene as well!!!! i love that film soooooo much and this song sums it up!!!! I love this song whenever my boyfriend comes round we slow dance to it lol its absolutely amazing!!!! LOVE IT!!!!
    JarvisforPMon February 23, 2007   Link

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