Tender Years

George Jones

About Tender Years

"Tender Years" is a song written by American country music artist George Jones and Darrell Edwards. It became Jones' second #1 country hit.


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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)

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George Jones

George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931) is an American country music singer known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and his marriage to Tammy Wynette. more »

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Written by: DARRELL EDWARDS, GEORGE JONES

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Artist Information
"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.
Release Date
The song was released in June 1961 and is a key song in the discography of George Jones, showcasing his voice and songwriting talents.
Chart Success
"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.
Record Label
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.
Song Lyrics
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.
Songwriters
"Tender Years" was penned by George Jones himself along with American country singer and songwriter, Darrell Edwards.
Popular Cover
Country music artist John Prine covered "Tender Years" in his album "In Spite of Ourselves", released in 1999. This version was also well-received.
Song Style
The song is a country ballad, highlighting George Jones' ability to convey intense emotion in his performances.
Cultural Impact
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.
Album Inclusion
"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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