"Sweet Surrender" as written by and Tim Buckley....
Now you want to know the reason
Why I cheated on you
Well I had to be a hunter again
This little man had to try

To make love feel new again
'Cause there's just a few things honey
I'm not old enough to do for you
You just never care to show me

Showed him how to tango
And when they tangoed it'd send their hearts a flutter
Young and tender
Seemed to surrender in so sweet surrender

In sweet surrender
Ahh sweet surrender to love
But now you're gonna go out and get yourself
A reputation

But I'm gonna have to show you where to start
And then you're gonna bring back your little reputation
And prove to me what I could not prove to you

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"Sweet Surrender" as written by David Gates


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    Lyric CorrectionWhat is wrong with the lyrics Neon_Like posted.... these are the correct lyrics!

    Now you wanna know the reason
    Why I cheated on you?
    Well I had to be a hunter again.
    This little man had to try
    To make love feel new again.

    'Cause there's just a few things, honey
    I'm not old enough to do for you. Ohh.
    And they're the things, momma
    You just never care to show me. Ohh.

    So this flim-flam lover boy
    Found him a flamingo.
    And his flamingo
    Showed him how to tango.
    And when they tangoed
    It'd send their heart's a ‘flutter.
    Teased him 'till he'd stutter.
    Made him so young and tender.
    Sweet to surrender
    And so sweet surrender.
    In sweet surrender.
    Ahh, sweet surrender to love.

    But now you're gonna go out
    And get yourself
    A reputation.
    But I'm gonna have to show you
    Where to start.
    And then you're gonna bring back
    Your little reputation
    And prove to me
    What I could not prove to you.

    'Cause I was just too young at heart.
    I'm just too cold, honey.
    Just too hard to care.
    Just too hard, 'right
    To surrender.
    Surrender to love.

    Sweet surrender
    Surrender to love.

    If we could
    Just surrender
    Love would heal the mess we've made.
    So give it up, momma, ahh.
    It 'aint gonna be no good
    It keeps goin' 'round and 'round.
    You hurt me.
    Then I hurt you again.
    All that's left to do, ah.
    Is give it up, Ahhhhhh,
    No, no, give it up
    And surrender, Ahhhhhh, momma.

    Sweet surrender.
    Sweet surrender.
    Surrender your love.
    Surrender love.
    Ohhhhhh, Surrender momma.
    Ohhhhhh, Surrender that love.
    Sweet, sweet, sweet su-rre-rren-der, momma.
    In to love.
    To love.
    To love.
    siliconyodaon September 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHis voice is incredible.
    rubyoverdiamondson May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti feel this is a song that is easily deciphered which is good as its nice to hear songs that sound so fluent as if it is just what the writer is thinking at the time.
    It's about a man talking about how the love he had with his wife/girlfriend had gone stale. He then reminisces (excuse my spelling im intoxicated) of how he wooed her originally and of how she changed the greatness they had.
    Some people may feel different but i feel no one is wrong as a song is whatever you take from it.
    ziggymetstarduston April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Ziggymetstardust. And I would add that I think it's a song Tim Buckley wrote about his marriage with Mary Guibert, whom he was married to once (they had a son named Jeff Buckley). Its only my interpretation, but the lyrics correspond to the reasons apparently why their marriage failed. I read that they married too young and for bad reasons (They thought that she was pregnant, and it turned that she wasn't). At the beginning they were really in love, but their young age, and the precipitation of the events following this suspicion of pregnancy made them move a step prematurely. Little by little, their behaviour changed both and Tim seemed to feel pressure from her. And Tim thirsted for adventure, was admired by a lot of beautiful ladies (he started his career), and maybe didn't want of a quiet little married life.
    difolkon February 03, 2012   Link

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