A Plea For Tenderness

Live CD: Live At The Long Branch Saloon, Precise Modern Lovers Order, Live At The Long Branch And More
Compilation: A Plea For Tenderness, I Must Be King
Promos & Demos: Unreleased Studio Demos 1971-1973
Compilation Bootleg: Route 128 Revisited, Songs Of Rememberance
Live Bootleg: 1971 Stonehenge Ipswich, Radcliffe
Live At The Long Branch Saloon

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[Now this next song is for all the women in the audience
A song for the girls]

Hey girls, [B] do you hate men? [A]
[B] do you hate the earth? [A]
Well [B] I still see tenderness in [A] your face
And [B] innocence straight from [A] infant days
And there [B] must be tenderness [A] deep inside
You're so [E] cold, but it [F#] shows

You [E] told me about [F#] school
[E] I only want to know about [F#] you
[E] and it hurts me now
[F#] and it scares me now
And [E] now [F#] you [B] know

But if you care about [E] me
(Tell me [B] now)
If I'm better than the [E] wall
(Tell me [B] now)
And if it's important when I touch your [E] hand
Then you'd better
[E] tell [F#] me [B] now

Well

Now, I've just read some [E] writers
From the old [B] days
Because I knew, I knew that they'd [E] understand
Because [B] dignity, dignity and [E] tenderness should [B] apply
To modern ro[E]mance [B]
So I don't wanna know, I'm just not interested in you're [E] school
[B] So I don't wanna know, I don't wanna hear about you're stupid [E] cats
[Or your homework]
Just talk about [B] love, or [C#m] sex, or [D#m] starving hearts, [E] or just [F#] shut up and I'll [E]go

But

[B] if you care about [E] me
(Tell me [B] now)
If I'm better than the [E] wall
(Tell me [B] now)
And if it's important when I touch you're [E] hand
(Tell me [B] now)
And if it's important when I come to you're [E] kitchen
When it's late at night
And when it's [B] cold at night
When it's dark outside
When it's [E] cold outside
I wanna know if it's important when I touch your [B] hand
When you're all [E] alone
(Tell me [B] now)
If you really want to talk to [E] me
(Tell me [B] now)
And if you're lookin for a [E] lover
(Tell me [B] now)
I mean, if you need a [E] lover
(Tell me [B] now)
If you're ready to be honest with a [E] lover
(Tell me [B] now)
If it's important when you're [E] alone at night
And when it's cold at night and when it's [B] dark at night
When it's cold outside when it's [E] sad outside
And when I'm sad outside, by the [B] streetlight
By your house and near your [E] kitchen door
I'm stumped because I'm [B] scared
Because I'm sad
Because it's [E] cold at night
Because it's dark at night
And I'm [B] alone at night
I'm so sad and I'm [E] so scared
And I want to know, if you'll [B] tell me
If you care about [E] me
Then if you care about [B] yourself
And if you'll stop taking [E] drugs
And if you'll stop bein so [B] hard
And if you'll stop being hard to [E] talk to
And if you'll let me come [B] inside
And I can talk to you
When it's [E] dark at night
And when it's sad at night
And [B] alone at night
I don't want to be [E] alone at night
(Tell me [B] now)
I don't want to be [E] sad at night
(Tell me [B] now)
I want to help you
When it's [E] cold outside
When you're all around
When it's [B] sad outside [E]
I want you to tell me [B] now
I can't wait another [E] day
You gotta hurry [B]
I can't wait another [E] minute
It's now or [B] never
It's now or [E] never
You gotta tell
You [B] gotta tell
You can't hide
Or [E] take drugs
Or cigarettes
Or [B] dark outside
Or cats
Or these [E] other things that you use
So I can't [B] see you clear
I want to see you clear
I want to [E] talk to you now
You've got to be honest now
You've got to [B] tell me now
If you care about [E] me
[E] tell [F#] me [B] now

Wait a minute
Wait a minute
I want to say, I want to say somethin else now
Wait a minute
I want to show you that I understand you now
[This is the guy talkin to the girlfriend]
He's gonna show you, he's gonna show you that he understands the deepest darkest parts
When he says

He says [B] I know how beautiful death [G / / | / / A] is
And [B] I know why you hate [G / / | / / A] life
But I'm [B] just a [F#] tender [G#m] soul
So be [E] glad [F#] you [B] know

I want to tell ya
That all [B] men are just [F#m] tender [G#m] souls
And be [E] glad that [F#] you [B] know

Lyrics

[Now this next song is for all the women in the audience
A song for the girls]

Hey girls, do you hate men?
Do you hate the earth?
Well I still see tenderness in your face
And innocence straight from infant days
And there must be tenderness deep inside
You're so cold, but it shows

You told me about school
I only want to know about you
And it hurts me now
And it scares me now
And now you know

But if you care about me
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall
(Tell me now)
And if it's important when I touch your hand
Then you'd better
Tell me now

Well

Now, I've just read some writers
From the old days
Because I knew, I knew that they'd understand
Because dignity, dignity and tenderness should apply
To modern romance
So I don't wanna know, I'm just not interested in you're school
So I don't wanna know, I don't wanna hear about you're stupid cats
[Or your homework]
Just talk about love, or sex, or starving hearts, or just shut up
And I'll go

But

If you care about me
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall
(Tell me now)
And if it's important when I touch you're hand
(Tell me now)
And if it's important when I come to you're kitchen
When it's late at night
And when it's cold at night
When it's dark outside
When it's cold outside
I wanna know if it's important when I touch your hand
When you're all alone
(Tell me now)
If you really want to talk to me
(Tell me now)
And if you're lookin for a lover
(Tell me now)
I mean, if you need a lover
(Tell me now)
If you're ready to be honest with a lover
(Tell me now)
If it's important when you're alone at night
And when it's cold at night and when it's dark at night
When it's cold outside when it's sad outside
And when I'm sad outside, by the streetlight
By your house and near your kitchen door
I'm stumped because I'm scared
Because I'm sad
Because it's cold at night
Because it's dark at night
And I'm alone at night
I'm so sad and I'm so scared
And I want to know, if you'll tell me
If you care about me
Then if you care about yourself
And if you'll stop taking drugs
And if you'll stop bein so hard
And if you'll stop being hard to talk to
And if you'll let me come inside
And I can talk to you
When it's dark at night
And when it's sad at night
And alone at night
I don't want to be alone at night
(Tell me now)
I don't want to be sad at night
(Tell me now)
I want to help you
When it's cold outside
When you're all around
When it's sad outside
I want you to tell me now
I can't wait another day
You gotta hurry
I can't wait another minute
It's now or never
It's now or never
You gotta tell
You gotta tell
You can't hide
Or take drugs
Or cigarettes
Or dark outside
Or cats
Or these other things that you use
So I can't see you clear
I want to see you clear
I want to talk to you now
You've got to be honest now
You've got to tell me now
If you care about me
Tell me now

Wait a minute
Wait a minute
I want to say, I want to say something else now
Wait a minute
I want to show you that I understand you now
[This is the guy talking to the girlfriend]
He's gonna show you, he's gonna show you that he understands the deepest darkest parts
When he says

He says I know how beautiful death is
And I know why you hate life
But I'm just a tender soul
So be glad you know

I want to tell ya
That all men are just tender souls
And be glad that you know

Unreleased Studio Demos 1971-1973

Lyrics

???
What's got me into
Is this girl Karen
And this girl Karen is not ??? at all
She can't wait another day to tell him
Cause he always ???
But she would invite him over
Except, thing is, when he's get there
What would happen is
She was really, just wanted,
Sit there and watch tv
And like in the, you know
All these little distractions and everything
And he always wondered
Well ok why did she invite me over here in the first place
I'm sick of it
I really want to get to know her
Like
And I see all these matching things inside of her and everything
Now I think
If I'm going to help her get out of herself
And help her just start really talking to people
I can't wait another day
I can't stand it
Too much tension
And this guy says

Now
You seem so cold to me
And you hide you know
Like, seems like you don't want me to know
About you

You
Seem secretive
And mean
Like
You act like you don't care
About anything

But you can't fool me
Cause I
See tenderness
In your face
And this innocence
Which must have been there from the infant days
And I know there's this tender feeling
Deep inside

You act cold you know
But it still shows

I can take your vacant stare
But I want to talk so much to you
It seems a waste
But if you don't want me to know
What's going on inside

???
Tell me now
So I can go
You tell me about something
Like school
Or homework you know
I only want to talk tonight
About you
I mean you

And I'm hungry for this now
I'm starving for this now
I'll admit it
And now you know

But

If you care about me, what do you say modern men?
(Tell me now)
Scream it!
If you care about me when I come over tonight
I want to hear you scream it
(Tell me now)
If this girl cares about me
Then she has to
Tell me now

Dear
Before I came over here tonight
It's a cold winter night
I came over in this cold night
I want to tell you

I went home and read some writers I have
These books
From the old days
You know why?
It's because I knew
I knew that they'd understand
And this is what I knew, this is why I read them
Cause they know that dignity
They know, they'd understand about dignity
And how tenderness
Can apply
To even what you might think as
So called modern romance
You can still be tender you know

So look
Don't waste my time
??? About this mystical stances
Talking to me about school
Or about anything like that
Or about macaroni cooking or anything
Don't talk to me about your pet cats
That's right

??? Like love
Or sex maybe
Or just ???
Shut up

So I'll go

But
If you care about me
(Tell me now)
Scream it!
??? Than the world
(Tell me now)
If it's important when I touch your hand
Help me out
(Tell me now)
And if I'm better than the wall
???
(Tell me now)

When I came over to talk to you
It's just like all the other times
???
But I come over to talk to you every time
Like, there's this coldness that I can see in your face
And while I come over still because I can see the warm underneath
??? For a man
That won't whisper

I feel the warmth underneath
Now, you don't have to give me that warmth underneath
I'm not even asking for that
If I don't deserve it, that's cool
I'm not, don't do anything you don't want
But I just want to tell you you can't fool me
You can not
It depends on how you've tried

Wait a minute
I want to tell
I want to tell a story
How she's tried nothing
Well

You've tried to fool me
The way you pretend you're calm
That I know you're only 23
You're not that calm at that age
You can't fool me
You're not 45
You're not Lauren Bacall
You can't fool me

I'm not all that calm
But I don't pretend to be
But I love my life
I'm not kidding
And why?
I know that you
Love your life
You know when we walk around
The street sometimes
I saw you appreciate those pretty flowers
I know how you appreciate the pretty blue sky
Makes me almost cry

I used to be scared
When I thought you were so calm
But I'm not scared anymore
You know I know you're just like me
I know you're just like me

And that's why I want to talk to you here tonight
Cause I know
That underneath it you're so much like me
I really want to talk to you
I normally ???
One of two girls
But not even them
I want to talk to you more
That's what I think

So you can ???
???
But you're a fool I think
???
How many friends you got
Who tell you how they really think?
That's what I want to know
That's what I want to know

Your girlfriends
They really tell you what they think?
They really tell you the way they think?
See
I don't even care if you like me anymore
After tonight it will be worth it
If just to say what I think
I don't care

You know I used to worry
I used to worry
I think I understand why you're negative
I used to get negative too
I get negative too

Look
Now, you know
I know how beautiful ??? is
And I know why you hate life
But I'm just
A tender soul
And be glad
That you know

I think all men are really just
Tender souls
Just like you and me
Be glad I love you now
And be glad you know

Songs Of Rememberance

Lyrics

Now girls, do you hate men?
Well you know sometimes you just don't talk to them
And that's sad cause I can see tenderness in your face
And innocence straight from infant days
And there must be tenderness deep inside
Oh you're so cold, but it still shows

Well, I can take a vacant stare
Well, it hurts so much to say now
It seems a waste
But if you don't want me to know
What's going on inside
Just tell me now and I'll go

You told me about school
I only want to know about you
And I'm hungry for it now
I'm starving for it now
And now you know

But
If you care about me
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall
(Tell me now)
If it's important when I touch your arm at night you'd better
Tell me now

You know, I just read some writers now
From the old days
Because I knew
I knew that they'd understand, that's right
Because dignity
And tenderness
Right
Should apply (they could apply)
To modern romance (like ours)
So don't tell me dear
Don't tell me any words about your school and your homework now
I'm not gonna be interested in stories about your stupid pet cat
Just talk about love, or sex or starving hearts
Or just shut up
And I'll go

But
If you care about me now
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall now
(Tell me now)
If it's important that I touch your hand
(Tell me now)
If you care about being alone
If it hurts to be alone in your kitchen the way you've been staying over these past few months
Better tell me now
If it hurts to not be honest with yourself the way you've been for the past few years
Please then tell me now
Because uh
I've been starving for warmth
You never give me any warmth
Oh you can't hide anymore, or take drugs, or smoke cigarettes, or have alcohol, or make up, or this other bullshit that you use in your life
In your life
Now I can see you clear in your life you know I can see you clear
In your life you know I can't stay this way, stand to hurt this way
[Really hard to follow the next bit]
Wait to see inside
But you don't talk to me
And we just pretend
That's right we just pretend that I won't have it any more never
I've had it
Yah

Because
I can't stand to be alone at night
And I can't stand to pretend to be together at night
You can't hide or take drugs like cigarettes or alcohol
Or this other shit that you use at night so I can't see you clear
I wanna see you clear
You gotta say it now
If you care about me then you better
Tell me now

See dear
I know how beautiful death is
And I know why you hate life
??? Tender souls
And be glad you know

??? All men are just tender souls
And be glad I told ya
And be glad that you know

1971 Stonehenge Ipswich

Lyrics

All right
Hey girls, do you hate men?
Well sometimes you just don't talk to them
But I can [[it sounds like the recording breaks and picks up later here but I can't be sure]]
So and be glad that you know
I think all men are tender souls
And be glad you know

Notes

Radcliffe

Lyrics

Hey girls, do you hate men?
(There're a lot that do, I know there're are a lot that do)
(But I say this)
Sometimes you just don't talk to them
But I
See tenderness in your face
And innocence straight from infant days
And there must be tenderness somewhere inside
You are cold dear, but it shows

Well I can say from your vacant stare
But with so much to say now
It seems a waste
But you don't want to know
What's going on inside
But dear tell me now
And I'll go

You told me about school
I only want to know about you
And I'm hungry for it now
I'm starting to hurt now
And now you know

But if you care about me
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall
(Tell me now)
If it's important when I touch your hand
Then you'd better
Tell me now

You know
I've just read some writers
From the old days
Because I knew, that they'd understand the way I feel tonight
Because dignity,
Dignity and tenderness
Should apply
To our modern romance
So don't tell me, don't tell me about school
Cause I couldn't care less,
Don't tell me now
About those stupid pet cats
Cause I don't care
So just talk about love, or maybe sex, or starving hearts, or just shut up
And I'll go

But

If you care about me in your life
(Tell me now)
If I'm better than the wall
(Tell me now)
And if it's important if I visit you in the dark late at night
(Tell me now)
If you care about me being here at all
(Tell me now)

It's hard for me this way

It's hard to see this way
But stay alone at night
And I can't stand
To be alone at night
Because I feel so cold at night
And the reason I feel so cold is, is
That I'm starving for warmth
And that's because you never
You never give me any warmth
You can't hide, or take drugs, or cigarettes, or alcohol
Or this old shit that you use in your life

So I can't see you clear
I wanna see you clear
Say it to me now

You know my dad remembers a time
When I introduced you six months ago
He remembers how, you know, that he was not afraid of you
Like you try to scare people
??? My dad, he was not impressed
???
I said, I know dad
So I'll tell you
???
To be honest
???
To be honest
You can't hide, you're getting worse
??? Alcohol
??? That you use in your life
In your life

???
I want to steer clear
???

Tell me now
???
Then you better
Tell
Me
If you care
If you care about me
Then you'd better
Tell
Me
Now

I know how beautiful death is
???
???
Glad that you know
???
???

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