Tenderness

Album: All the Rage (1984)
Charted: 27
  • Aah, ah, ah, oh
    Aah, aah, aah, oh

    I don't know where to start or where to stop
    My luck's like a button
    I can't stop pushing it
    My head feels light
    But I'm still in the dark
    Seems like without tenderness there's something missing

    Tenderness, where is the
    Tenderness, where is it
    I don't know where I am but I know I don't like it
    I open my mouth and out pops something spiteful
    Words are so cheap
    But they can turn out expensive
    Words like conviction can turn into a sentence

    I held your hands
    Rings but none on that finger
    We danced and danced
    But I was scared to go much further with it
    Just half a chance
    Make sure that one night you're here but
    Next night you're not
    It always leaves me searching for a little

    Tenderness, tenderness, tenderness, where is the tenderness

    Whistling in the graveyard
    Calling up your girlfriend
    Just trying to make her understand
    You're squeezing the telephone like it was her hand
    No question
    So many questions
    She's going to catch you out boy
    It all seems so underhand
    Now she's the only thing that ever made you feel like a man, man
    Madman madman

    Where is the tenderness, the tenderness
    Where is the tenderness, the tenderness, where is it

    I held your hands
    Rings but none on that finger
    We danced and danced
    But I was scared to go much further with it
    Just half a chance
    Make sure that one night you're here but
    Next night you're not
    It always leaves me searching for a little

    Tenderness, tenderness, tenderness, tenderness
    Tenderness, tenderness, tenderness, tenderness
    Tenderness, tenderness, tenderness, tenderness
    Tenderness, tenderness, tenderness, tenderness Writer/s: MICK BILLINGHAM, ROGER CHARLERY, DAVID WAKELING
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 12th, 1985, General Public performed "Tenderness" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months earlier on November 11th, 1984 it entered Billboard' Top 100 chart at position #89; and on February 10th, 1985 it peaked at #27 (for 1 week) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #11 on the Canadian RPM Top singles chart...
    On the same Sullivan show they performed their release, "Never You Done That", it peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxBrainy, quirky little song, always fun to hear.
  • Luke from Auckland, New ZealandProbably my favourite, from a band I followed for a short while in it's early days. I was a fan of The Beat (known as The English Beat in the States) which originated just prior to the Ska-influenced '2 Tone' musical explosion in Britain during 1979-1981.
    I remember it's featuring at the end of another 80's classic teen-flick, 'Clueless'.
  • Keith from Philadelphia, PaJust great!
  • Susan from Airdrie, -This is one of the GREAT, unappreciated songs of the 80s. Love it!
  • Scott from Baton Rouge, LaThis song is also featured in the 80's John Hughes' classic "Weird Science".
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