Defenseless

04:52
Terry Mills
2010-06-10

Story

This is a collection of vignettes - moments that disarmed me and moved me.

Lyrics

DEFENSELESS

 

Here’s a word ‘bout the kindness of Troy

He ain’t your ordinary paper boy

He brings the news to my front door on his morning stroll

Now that’s 15 extra steps, but that gesture has a most profound effect

It’s soothing to this one on whom life has taken quite a toll

 

You unclasp my bracelet.   You lay it flat

We talk about the stones, no more than that

But I’m stirred by the brushing of your fingers up against my wrist

And it’s surprising the way I feel

This little fissure in my well-constructed shield

I guess I’m defenseless against tenderness such as this.

 

            Times’ll get tough; hey I can get tougher

            Oh, times get rough, then I’ll shut down

            But then a simple, soft encounter

            Let’s me know love is still around

 

Oh, when life treats me so mean

You leave a woodwind message on my answering machine

I guess I’m defenseless against tenderness such as this.

 

            Now this kind can’t be manipulated

            No, this kind can’t be contrived

            This kind of sweet, sweet movement

            Let’s me know love has somehow survived

 

Oh, you wake me with your sisterly embrace

‘Cause that’s just how you wake each other in this place

I guess I’m defenseless against tenderness such as this.

 

You ask me why is she making such a big deal about it

Here’s what I’m saying:  I don’t want to live without it

Oh, I’m defenseless against tenderness such as this.