Tenderly
Rosemary Clooney Lyrics


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The evening breeze caressed the trees tenderly
The trembling trees embraced the breeze tenderly
Then you and I came wandering by
And lost in a sigh were we
The shore was kissed by sea and mist tenderly
I can't forget how two hearts met breathlessly
Your arms opened wide and closed me inside
You took my lips, you took my love so tenderly




Overall Meaning

In Rosemary Clooney's song "Tenderly," the lyrics paint a picture of a romantic evening between two people. The opening line sets the mood perfectly, as it describes the gentle caress of the evening breeze on the trees. As the song continues, the focus shifts to the two lovers who come wandering by. The lyrics suggest that they are so lost in each other that they become one with the sighing breeze and the trembling trees. The following lines describe the scene around them, with the shore being kissed by sea and mist. It's a beautiful, almost dream-like picture that adds to the emotional impact of the song.


Finally, the lyrics turn their attention to the two people themselves. The imagery becomes more intimate as it describes the moment two hearts met breathlessly. The line "your arms opened wide and closed me inside" communicates a sense of safety and comfort that two lovers can find in each other. The final line, "you took my lips, you took my love so tenderly" brings the song to a satisfying conclusion, describing a moment of true intimacy between two people in love. Overall, "Tenderly" is a song that captures the feeling of being lost in someone else, both physically and emotionally.


Line by Line Meaning

The evening breeze caressed the trees tenderly
The gentle and loving breeze soothed the trees with delicate touches


Then you and I came wandering by
We aimlessly strolled around, side by side


And lost in a sigh were we
Overwhelmed by emotions, we shared a deep breath


The shore was kissed by sea and mist tenderly
The sea and mist gave the shore loving kisses


I can't forget how two hearts met breathlessly
The memory of our hearts coming together excitedly is unforgettable


Your arms opened wide and closed me inside
You hugged me tightly and made me feel secure in your arms


You took my lips, you took my love so tenderly
You kissed me and loved me gently, with great care




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: LOUIS ARMSTRONG, ZILNER T. RANDOLPH

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Comments from YouTube:

@janisme4747

This was my parents' wedding dance in 1952. So sweet and romantic.

@normasmither202

Her voice was so pure!

@bobsteiner9209

She makes singing seem so easy. It's not! What a voice. The orchestra and arrangement are also wonderful--something we rarely hear nowadays.

@irishsetterarchie

On July 12, 1949 I was born. Today is my 60th birthday. My Mother told me that this was my parents "love song". Nobody sang it better than Rosemary Clooney. I am proud to know that in the beginning, this is how they felt about one another. I am comforted by this beautiful song and the knowledge that I was conceived so tenderly. Thank you for posting this song!!

@WeiRDgeRL

Love your story ❤

@coliomg16

Happy birthday! I just happened to look this song up out of the blue, and yours was the top comment 🥰

@imadhoney

I actually came across this song almost a decade ago because Meryl Streep said she remembered her mother playing this song when she was a child. Such a random reference but such a lovely song that has stuck with me since I was 13

@walpoleandworcester

Huge Rosemary Clooney fan. She did this tune so much justice. Just the right lush arrangement it needed.

The live Chubby Jackson version is fun but Rosemary knocks it out of the park as usual. Glad to see this version get nearly a million views!

@jmrodas9

I had heard more recent versions of this song, but this one, for me tops all. Beautiful really with tender lyrics, and sung with so much feeling by this excellent singer.

@alfredjohnson2647

I recommend the instrumental versions by Art Tatum and Bill Evans, but this is my favourite by a singer.

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