Try A Little TendernessWords & Music by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell & Reg Connelly
Recorded by Bing Crosby, 1933
A F#m D9 E7 She may be weary -- women do get weary A C#m7-5 F#7 Wearing the same shabby dress. D9 E7/6 E7 D9 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 A F#m D9 Dm6 E7 And when she's wear - y, try a little ten - der - ness. A F#m D9 Dm6 Cdim E7 You know she's waiting, just an - ti - ci - pa - ting A C#m7-5 F#7 Gdim F#7 Things she may never possess; Bm Bm/A D9 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 A D9 BbM7 A A7 While she's without them, try a little ten - der - ness. Bridge: D Fdim C#7 It's not just sen - ti - men - tal, F#m Bm7 F#m She has her grief and care, D Cdim F#7 And a word that's soft and gentle, B7 Cdim B7 E7 Makes it ea - si - er to bear. A G#m F#m D9 Dm6 Cdim Bb9 You won't regret it -- women don't for - get it; A Cdim C#m7-5 Bm7-5 F#7 Gdim F#7 Love is their whole hap - pi - ness. Bm Bm7-5 E7/6 E7 D9 Bm7-5 Cdim E7 A D9 BbM7 A6 It's all so ea - sy -- try a little ten - der - ness.
This one's an experiment in basic improvization. The three verses are not played identically, yet each plays quite comfortably with the melody. One of the great things about playing this kind of music is that you can simplify or elaborate, depending on your mood at the moment.
The basics of chord substitution are discussed at length at Reed Kotler's excellent site, www.justjazz.com