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Otis Redding — Try A Little Tenderness
Album: Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
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Released: 1966
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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
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Mozart's a tough act to follow but put the Monterey version up here and I'll give it a "10".  Of all I've heard, only he and Janis Joplin put everything they had into their performances.  He was a force of nature in that performance.

"I got to go now and I don't wanna go."
 oldsaxon wrote:

I know it's sacrilege but they nailed it.



Yes they did.
 raga wrote: 
I know it's sacrilege but they nailed it.
50 years this week since his passing. Sad, sad...yet we can still experience his amazing performances and voice. Thanks again RP !
 Chwkbud wrote:
Brilliant song. One of the greatest soul+ singers ever. I still prefer Otis' Live at Monterey performance over this studio version, but still...

 
well that's exactly what I was gonna say!  plus, 1967 was a bit before my time; oh how I wish I was there when this was filmed! and thanks to 1) a sober person at the festival who could film stuff and 2) youtube, etc., being available so us post 60s folk can watch it!

https://youtu.be/dwxhf4UXLvM


Copy 'n' paste - don;t know why I can't insert a link: 

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/13/528116058/otis-reddings-unfinished-life-still-resonates 
I remember 3 Dog Night doing this song really well
Great Commitments cover
Always have to look and see if it is Paolo Nutini or Otis!
Remarkable
 BuffaloGrunt wrote:
This is a GREAT song .. and it being featured in "Pretty In Pink" always makes me smile.

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Paul Giamatti did this one pretty well in the movie 'Duets', a silly movie about competitive karoke.
Awful!
 sirdroseph wrote:
My favorite song from the best soul vocalist of his generation.  Sorry Marvin.

 
Different styles - it's tough to compare.
 sirdroseph wrote:
My favorite song from the best soul vocalist of his generation.  Sorry Marvin.

 

oooh boy....maybe...
 apd wrote:
That voice... and when the arrangement kicks up a gear at the end... and the "gotta, gotta, gotta..."
 

 

dancing in my seat...got the goose bumps going...so good.
Complete and Unbelievable, indeed.
That voice... and when the arrangement kicks up a gear at the end... and the "gotta, gotta, gotta..."
 
Weary ? All these years,,,I thought it was wooly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDGQbLB-trM
Otis is a great elevator
Duckie!!
This is a GREAT song .. and it being featured in "Pretty In Pink" always makes me smile.

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 I love Otis Redding as a strong, warm teacher of Soul! His Lessons are unforgettable
My favorite song from the best soul vocalist of his generation.  Sorry Marvin.
Oh dang! That is greatness, furshur! Easy 10
Holy Crap! Is this the first play on RP?? {#Stupid}
My My My {#Biggrin}
Excellent. Otis was the man.