You keep saying you love him I believe that it's true And it just doesn't matter How much I love you But in time you'll understand, dear When you shed a tear Then you'll know you were living In your tender years (tender years) In your eyes there's a love light That's shining for him But how long will it stay there? Will that love light grow dim? You can just see the happiness You can't see the tears It's true, 'cause you're living In your tender years (tender years) So if I can't be your first love I'll wait and be your last I'll be somewhere in your future To help you forget the past And you'll know that I love you With a love that's sincere 'Cause I'll wait till you're through living In your tender years (tender years) Yes, you'll know that I love you With a love that's sincere Yes, I'll wait till you're through living In your tender years (tender years)
Written by: DARRELL EDWARDS, GEORGE JONES
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10 facts about this song
"Tender Years" is a song performed by George Jones, a revered American country music artist. Nicknamed the "Possum", Jones is known for his incredibly rich and emotive voice.
The song was released in June 1961 and is a key song in the discography of George Jones, showcasing his voice and songwriting talents.
"Tender Years" proved to be a massive success on the charts. It spent an impressive seven weeks as #1 on the "Billboard Country Singles" chart.
The song was released by the record label, Mercury Records. This makes "Tender Years" one of the hits Jones recorded during his time with Mercury before his more well-known stint at Musicor.
The song lyrics tell the story of a man who is in love with a young woman who is not emotionally ready for a serious relationship. The protagonist affectionately advises her to return to him when her "tender years" are behind her.
"Tender Years" was penned by George Jones himself along with American country singer and songwriter, Darrell Edwards.
Country music artist John Prine covered "Tender Years" in his album "In Spite of Ourselves", released in 1999. This version was also well-received.
The song is a country ballad, highlighting George Jones' ability to convey intense emotion in his performances.
As one of George Jones' biggest hits, "Tender Years" is considered a classic and highlighted Jones' ability to express vulnerability and emotional depth, significantly impacting the genre of country music.
"Tender Years" was included in Jones' 1961 album titled "Sings from the Heart". This album showcased some of Jones' best work during his early years.
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