Tender When I Want to Be

by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American folk and country music singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C. clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter's first album…




I have a heart that's proud, you bet
I have a mind that won't forget
And I have arms that are strong and yet
Tender when they want to to be

Well, you can be the will that finds the way
And you can be the one who saves the day
But show me tender when it's time to say
Exactly how it ought to be

And I never would've known it, darlin'
If I hadn't known about you
You said everyone can be a rock-'n'-roll like a river too

Well, something happens when you find someone
Who makes you feel like you can do no wrong
No, you don't have to take the whole world on
Just be tender when you want be

And I never would have known it, baby
If I hadn't known about you
You said everyone can be a rock-'n'-roll like a river too

So let the waters carry us away
Wave goodbye to the old parade
Baby, when we're unafraid
To be tender when we want to be

All the waters wash our cares away
All that we can see are better days
Don't ever let me hesitate
To be tender when I want to be

Written by: MARY CARPENTER

Lyrics © MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER DBA WHY WALK MUSIC

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