"Tenderness On The Block" as written by Warren Zevon and Jackson Browne....
Mama, where's your pretty little girl tonight?
Trying to run before she can walk, that's right
She's growing up, she has a young man waiting
She's growing up, she has a young man waiting

Wide eyes, she'll be street-wise
To the lies and the jive talk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

Daddy, don't you ask her when she's coming in
And when she's home don't ask her where she's been
She's going out, she has a young man waiting
She's going out, can't keep her young man waiting

She'll be okay, let her have her day
'Cause it's a long way, it's a long walk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

I know how much it hurts to see her go
She has a mind of her own, you know
She's all grown up, she has a young man waiting
She's all grown up, she has a young man waiting

She was wide-eyed, now she's street-wise
To the lies and the jive talk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

She'll find true love
And tenderness on the block



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"Tenderness on the Block" as written by Warren Zevon Jackson Browne

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    General CommentThis song is covered at the end of "Sliding Doors" the Gwynneth Paltrow film.
    chrisb1on January 29, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a beautiful song about parents coming to grips that their daughter is growing up faster than they would like (trying to run before she can walk), and that it is time for them to let go. She wants to go out with her young man and experience life on her own. They're worried she's not ready and she's going to get hurt, and they would rather she wait until she is better prepared. They still see her as a child. The beauty of these lyrics is that the song doesn't present the parents as completely wrong. She isn't ready and she is going to get hurt. But what the parents need to realize is that is the point. She won't get ready for life by staying at home, and they can't always be there to protect her. She needs to get out and experience life, having her day. She'll get hurt, but she'll get over it and learn from it on the long walk of growth to adulthood.
    GotRealityon September 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentKnowing the sarcastic nature of most of Zevon's lyrics, I assumed it was about teenage prostitution. Makes it seem not quite so bad, eh?
    WyldStallionon November 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most honest and beautiful songs ever written.
    A bitter and sarcastic song about a good-natured guy sick of living up to the
    Unrealistic expectations of the rich snobby parents of his girlfriend
    For so long they controlled and manipulated her into ignoring him
    Going for the richer or more socially graceful boy
    Or the boy who was the same religion or whatever... it could be anything.
    But now she's old enough to make her own decisions
    And she chooses the boy that loves her, as dirt-poor and angry as he is
    And there's nothing her hoity-toity parents can do about it.

    Blood might be thicker than water
    But true love is thicker than blood
    TheThornBirdson February 08, 2009   Link

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