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Try A Little Tenderness Lyrics

Artist: Otis Redding

Try A Little Tenderness
Otis Redding

oh she may be weary
them young girls they do get wearied
wearing that same old miniskirt dress
but when she gets weary
you try a little tenderness
oh man that
un hunh
i know shes waiting
just anticipating
the thing that youl never never possess
no no no
but while she there waiting
try just a little bit of tenderness
thats all you got to do
now it might be a little bit sentimental no
but she has her greavs and care
but the soft words they are spoke so gentle
yeah yeah yeah
and it makes it easier to bear
oh she wont regret it
no no
them young girls they dont forget it
love is their whole happiness
yeah yeha yeah
but its all so easy
all you got to do is try
try a little tenderness
damn that hart (hard?)
all you got to do is know how to love her
you've got to
hold her
squeeze her
never leave her
now get to her
got got got to try a little tenderness
yeah yeah
lord have mercy now
all you got to do is take my advice
you've got to hold her
don't squeeze her
never leave her
you've got to hold her
and never
so you got to try a little tenderness
a little tenderness
a little tenderness
a little tenderness
you've got to
got to got to
you've gotta hold her
don't squeeze her
never leaver her
you got
got got got to
now now now
got got got to
try a little tenderness


by DEN on 5/16/2008 2:53pm
by TERRY on 5/17/2008 12:59pm
by Natalie on 5/30/2008 1:57am
Damn right!
by atticisempty on 7/24/2008 10:33am
wonderful classic
by Sam I Am on 7/25/2008 1:38pm
Great song, but who wrote this sh**.

"i know shes waiting
just anticipating
the thing that youl never never possess"'s the things she'll never possess...

And what the hell are greavs? The lyric is "she has her griefs and cares"
by Joe on 10/8/2008 7:51am
Listen to the Commitments version of this song...classic
by lori-anne on 11/15/2008 9:22pm
i know shes waiting
its supposed to be you know shes waiting
by karel on 11/23/2008 3:10pm
It's shaggy dress not miniskirt dress.
by Crash Davis on 12/3/2008 4:33pm
I hate people who get the words wrong
by sam on 12/25/2008 10:45pm
its also supposed to be youve got to hold her where you want her sqeeze her dont tease her never leave her so yah u messed up my fave part so FIX IT
by anaiya on 2/4/2009 10:10pm
this is the wrong lyrics to the otis redding song !
by Smiley on 2/10/2009 6:13pm
Some of the words are wrong
by Alana on 2/17/2009 11:04pm
wrong words! good song but actually listen to song atleast once before wasting everyone time writting them down jesus!!!
by charity on 3/23/2009 5:15pm
Not shaggy dress...don't wrongly correct people. It's shaby dress. And this person doesn't know how to spell.
by Me on 7/4/2009 2:24pm
The words are all wrong! Why post them if you don't know the right words? Waste of time.
by Michael Jackson on 7/8/2009 3:54pm
Otis Redding was one of my many role models. I looked up to his music which contained alot of soul. This is my favorite song out of all of his songs. Don't get the lyrics mixed up please. That's disrespecting the Otis, my man.
by Lys Ren on 7/22/2009 2:33pm
Theres some things wrong in these lyrics.
by cecilia on 7/28/2009 11:32am
I love this song. When I printed this lyrics i didn't pay attention. I'm mad. Is there anyone who knows the exact words?
Please do us a favor, send it to and thank you so much.
by a b-d on 7/30/2009 3:17am
your spelling is pretty amazing... aren't you an english speaker?
by peter gatewood on 9/24/2009 5:38pm
"Try a Little Tenderness" is a love song written by "Irving King" (James Campbell and Reginald Connelly) and Harry M. Woods, and recorded initially on December 8, 1932. Otis rearranged and recorded his R&B version in the 1960s.
by me on 9/28/2009 7:40pm
there is somuch wrong with those lyrics!!
by Kimmy on 10/5/2009 6:05pm
If you sing this song and use these words youl (you will) be the joke of the town!
by DD on 10/15/2009 4:02am
it IS shaggy (not shabby) dress in the regular version, but this is the "Live at Monterey" version so he does say "miniskirt" instead of "shaggy"... the lyrics make more sense if you hear Redding's "Live at Monterey" album, which i highly recommend.
by Truett on 11/8/2009 10:39pm
the song is asusome just like Ottis Redding
by layne on 12/28/2009 4:49am
whoeva wrote this obviously aint a very good fan of this song lolz
by shondrea on 4/28/2010 8:49am
work on da lyrics man they suck
by WHU4EUROPE on 6/2/2010 4:23pm
The words to this song are terrible, and to be honest i love the original words cos its like otis is singing them to me
by Tomika on 7/1/2010 12:32pm
I LOVE Otis Redding he was the man and his music keep me to track and keep me out of trouble.

He will always be remember on my heart 4 ever
by Sean on 7/3/2010 5:39am
Wow, these are bad lyrics.
by Tiffany on 7/13/2010 10:09pm
Dude, someone never heard the actual song because I knew these lyrics even when I was in elementary school and these are NOT the lyrics!! wearing that same old miniskirt dress?
Yeah try again.
I'll tell you this. I will never come back to this site again for lyrics. It's obvious nobody checks them.
by chrisbrownswifey on 7/20/2010 5:39pm
whoever wrote this??? find the right lyrics cuz their wrong and dont make sense
by AvidListener on 8/15/2010 8:57pm
When Otis sang the song live once, he dedicated the song to all the girls (in the crowd presumably) wearing miniskirts. I am listening to an MP3 of that performance and he has definitely deviated slightly from the standard lyrics in this live performance.
by destiny on 9/15/2010 9:46pm
i dis like
by brooke on 10/13/2010 5:10pm
these are soooo wrong
by gina on 11/8/2010 4:32pm
Singers sometimes play with their song lyrics in live performances. That's y the lyrics r significantly different than the original song. Most people who look at these lyrics wouldn't recognize this version unless they're die hard Redding fans. However, if a version of lyrics r posted that differ from the original it should b specified.
by sandra on 11/15/2010 8:10am
correct the lyrics. The music is great but the annotated lyrics is :(.
by delhipops on 11/25/2010 10:46am
Otis is great, but I also like the Three Dog Night version too.
by Unknown on 12/10/2010 2:15pm
You should try shaggy dress instead if miniskirt
by weavehole on 2/25/2011 8:15am
Everyone here moaning about the lyrics being wrong... take a deep breath and a step back and then check out some of the live versions that were recorded of Otis singing this song.

Now who are the biggest fans?

(although there are still some mistakes here hehehe)
by jossie on 3/28/2011 9:21pm
Actually there's a live version on YouTube where Otis sings "miniskirts" instead of "shaggy dress". I watched most of the live versions on YT and Otis sings it everytime sligtly different. I love that!
by Chelsea on 5/12/2011 1:18am
Then you gotta gotta try a little TENDERNEHES!

Woo go donkey!
by Kay on 8/15/2011 8:49pm
Please don't nit-pick these lyrics. They get to the get the general shape of the song across. REMEMBER: this is SOUL music. Each recording has its own spin. Use these lyrics as starting point for what your soul has to say.
by La'Chuck on 8/26/2011 5:05pm
The words u think are wrong are actually in his live songs
by CdKid on 9/5/2011 7:39am
by makgato solomom on 11/5/2011 1:32am
otis was and he is a great of them all i hope he was stil living,i feel his recording are new release.i was born in 1985 but i love otis like no other singers around
by George on 11/19/2011 5:24pm
these lyrics are wrong...
by Carlos on 12/10/2011 8:41am
Love this song even the one Jayz made off of this song!
by tshidy on 3/22/2012 1:37pm
dis is a very nyc song... bt da person who wrote dat sh*t
by isa on 4/1/2012 7:07pm
ooohhhh no you didn't it's so wrong!!! listen again but this time pay attencion
by jibran on 4/2/2012 3:22pm
miniskirt? its suppose to be shaggy dress thats not even close
by kat truesdale on 4/16/2012 2:44am
well, i submitted the corrections to these lyrics a while back, not sure why it hasnt been updated lol
by Kris on 4/24/2012 11:03pm
I do not know this song until Jessica sang it on AI! Go Jessica..
by Dame on 6/2/2012 9:30am
It is mini skirt, if you've ever heard him during the live performance he even says "I like to dedicate this to all the mini skirts" I think they put greaves lol because of his accent when hes singing
by Harriet on 6/22/2012 6:44am
you have the most wrong lyrics everr
at one part it sats yeah yeah yeah and you put no no no.
by ronaldt49 on 10/9/2012 6:40pm
Who wrote the song? I just heard it sung by Danny Thomas as an easy listening version from a 1958 episode of his show called "Danny Roars Again". Thought Otis did the original until today.
by repink555 on 11/27/2012 1:35am
Thanks for the lyrics! I see dispute over the lyrics, but this was when music was LIVE and get changed with the groove of the audience. No two performances ever exactly alike.
by Fit 4 life on 4/22/2013 12:44pm
This song is one of my all time favorites. Im not sure what all the lyrics are but I know Otis is singing this song with conviction....I got got got got got got to say!!!lol
by stan kirschnik on 12/28/2013 3:50pm
great song words made up by illiterate
by daKOZ on 12/28/2013 4:06pm
3 dog night lyrics better
by ERpepe on 1/13/2014 12:32pm
Who wrote this??? a f***ing Monkey???
by Otis (from the grave) on 1/29/2014 9:39am
Quit defending these lyrics, People are here to see the lyrics of the studio version of the song, not some obscure live version.
by donald coleman on 7/17/2018 6:28pm
who ever did this song e few years ago sure fuck it up
by Angiebaby2 on 10/3/2018 12:32am
Amazing how perspectives change - now in 2018 I would call this song patronising. Buy her a new dress! Or better still do your share of house and kids care so she can be independent and earn her own money!!

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