Small Faces - Tin Soldier (Live performance on French TV 1968)




"Tin Soldier" is a song released by the English rock band Small Faces on 2 December 1967, written by Steve Marriott (credited to Marriott/Lane). The song peaked at number nine in the UK singles chart and number 38 in Canada. It has since been covered by many other notable rock artists.


Tin Soldier was originally written by Steve Marriott for singer P.P. Arnold, but Marriott liked it so much he kept it himself. It was a song that he wrote to his first wife, Jenny Rylance. P.P. Arnold can be heard singing backing vocals on the song and also performed as guest singer at television recordings of the song. The song signalled a return to the band's R&B roots whilst continuing their forays into psychedelic rock and other musical experiments.




Lyrics



I am a little tin soldier that wants to jump into your fire

You are a look in your eye

A dream passing by in the sky

I don't understand

And all I need is treat me like a man

'Cause I ain't no child

Take me like I am

I got to know that I belong to you

Do anything that you want to do

Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you

I don't need no aggravation

I just got to make you

I just got to make you my occupation, oh yeah

(I got to know that I belong to you)

(Do anything that you want to do)

(Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you)


All I need is your whispered hello

Smiles melting the snow, nothing heard

Your eyes, they're deeper than time

Say a love that won't rhyme without words

So now I've lost my way

I need help to show me things to say

Give me your love before mine fades away, yeah, baby

(I got to know that I belong to you)

(Do anything that you want to do)

(Sing any so song that you want me to sing to you)


Oh, no, no

Oh, no

I just want some reaction

Someone to give me satisfaction

All I want to do is stick with you, 'cause I love you




Songwriters: Ronnie Lane / Steve Marriott

Tin Soldier lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC




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