Tenderness
Paul Simon Lyrics


What can I do
What can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

Right and wrong
Right and wrong
Never helped us get along
You say you care for me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

You and me were such good friends
What's your hurry?
You and me could make amends
I'm not worried
I'm not worried

Honesty
Honesty
It's such a waste of energy
No you don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness

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Written by: PAUL SIMON

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Thelonious Coltrane

"Tenderness"

What can I do
What can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

Right and wrong
Right and wrong
Never helped us get along
You say you care for me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

You and me were such good friends
What's your hurry?
You and me could make amends
I'm not worried
I'm not worried

Honesty
Honesty
It's such a waste of energy
No you don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness



Stephen Coomer

What can I do
What can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty
Right and wrong
Right and wrong
Never helped us get along
You say you care for me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You and me were such good friends
What's your hurry?
You and me could make amends
I'm not worried
I'm not worried
Honesty
Honesty
It's such a waste of energy
No you don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Tenderness



All comments from YouTube:

Thelonious Coltrane

"Tenderness"

What can I do
What can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

Right and wrong
Right and wrong
Never helped us get along
You say you care for me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty

You and me were such good friends
What's your hurry?
You and me could make amends
I'm not worried
I'm not worried

Honesty
Honesty
It's such a waste of energy
No you don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness

Susana _

This is a reason to keep living.

patrick ryan

Blues in the night type of feeling here. Dixie Humming Birds work well in the background (subtly pronounced), and oh to the brass and piano; and of course to Paul's delivery. 2/2018

Stephen Coomer

What can I do
What can I do
Much of what you say is true
I know you see through me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty
Right and wrong
Right and wrong
Never helped us get along
You say you care for me
But there's no tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You and me were such good friends
What's your hurry?
You and me could make amends
I'm not worried
I'm not worried
Honesty
Honesty
It's such a waste of energy
No you don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Beneath your honesty
You don't have to lie to me
Just give me some tenderness
Tenderness

Kevin Gavigan

Beautiful song! Not sure if it's just me, but this song makes me cry. My interpretation of the song, is that it's sung from the first-person narrative of a man whose lover is honest, but he doesn't like what she has to say, presumably a song about breakup/divorce/separation, would be my interpretation. But it DOES have some good musicians; pianist Paul Griffin, guitarist Cornell Dupree, bassist Gordon Edwards, and drummer Rick Marotta. Allen Toussaint arranged the horn section. The Dixie Hummingbirds sang the harmonies. A second guitar and a Hammond organ are audible on the song but the players are uncredited, although I'd say it's likely that the second guitar was an overdub by Cornell Dupree and the organ was an overdub by Paul Griffin.

Mindy Novick

Great info.

Lee Mitchell

Sheer class...

Larry Harris

Arranged and produced by the late, great Allen Toussaint.

Trel Kel

Paul Griffin on piano, same guy who played on American Pie, absolute legend.

adventuresinbelieving

Elvis Costello, and Mary, brought me here. p.153

..but to be honest I used to listen to this LP a lot in about 1978

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