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Searchin'

Written by Jerry LeiberMike Stoller

Album This song officially appears on the Anthology 1 Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1995

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


The Decca Audition

Jan 01, 1962


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Searchin’” is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for The Coasters. It was released as a single on Atco Records in March 1957, and topped the Rhythm and Blues Chart for twelve weeks. It reached #3 on the national pop singles chart.

Although the Coasters had previously done well on the R&B charts, it was “Searchin’” (along with “Young Blood” on the flip side) that sparked the group’s rock and roll fame.

Singer/songwriter Paul McCartney chose “Searchin’” as one of his Desert Island Discs in 1982. McCartney performed the song with The Beatles during their audition for Decca Records on 1 January 1962 (with somewhat mangled lyrics that included a mention of Peter Gunn). […]

The song

The lyrics, written by Leiber, use vernacular phrasing. The plot revolves around the singer’s determination to find his love wherever she may be, even if he must resort to detective work. The song’s notable gimmick was in citing specific law-enforcement figures from popular culture, such as Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, Joe Friday, Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Bulldog Drummond, and the Northwest Mounted Police (The Mounties). The vocals of the Coasters’ lead singer Billy Guy are raw and insistent. Driving the song is a pounding piano rhythm of two bass notes alternating on every second beat. […]

Paul McCartney, in “Beatles Anthology“:

A rumour reached town one day that there was a man over the hills who had the record Searchin’ by The Coasters. Colin [Hanton], the drummer with John’s skiffle group, knew him and so there was a great trek to find the man, and indeed we found him. And relieved him of it. It was too big a responsibility for him to keep. We couldn’t return it. We just had to have it; it was like gold dust. Searchin’ became a big number with The Beatles; we always used to do it at the Cavern.

Now this is one we used to do at the Cavern.There were two girls called Cris and Val and they used to say, ‘Sing Searchin’ Paul’. That used to be the big request from Cris and Val so we always used to do this one. It was a big favourite with the group.

Paul McCartney, in Desert Island Discs, 1982

Last updated on April 26, 2020

Lyrics

Gonna find her
Gonna find her

Well searchin', mama
Yeah, honey searchin'
Searchin' every which a-way, yeah yeah
Oh lord I've gone searchin'
My good lord, searchin'
You know honey
Searchin' every which a-way, yeah yeah
But like that northwest Mountie, yeah
You know I'll bring her in some day

Gonna find her
Gonna find her

Well Charlie Chan, Simon Smith
Got nothin', child, on a-me
Sergeant Friday and a-Peter Gunn
And, ooh, let 'em be
No matter where she's hiding
She's gonna see me coming
Gonna walk right down that street
Like a Bulldog Drummond

Yeah 'cause I'm searchin'
Whoa, honey, searchin'
Oh my goodness
Searchin' every which a-way, yeah yeah
But like a northwest Mountie
You know I'll bring her in some day

Gonna find her
Gonna find her

Well now Charlie Chan, Simon Smith
Got nothin', child, on a-me
Sergeant Friday and a-Peter Gunn
And ooh let 'em be
Yeah, 'cause no matter where she's a-hidin'
She's gonna see me comin'
I'm gonna walk right down that street
Like a Bulldog Drummond

Ah searchin', yeah
Searchin', oh my my goodness
Searchin' every which a-way, yeah yeah
But like a northwest Mountie
You know I'll bring her in some day

Gonna find her
Gonna find her
Yeah yeah lord, gonna find her
I'm gonna find her

Officially appears on


Anthology 1

Official album • Released in 1995

3:00 • Studio rehearsalA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Vocals
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
Pete Best :
Drums
Mike Smith :
Producer

Session Recording:
Jan 01, 1962
Studio :
Decca Studios

Bootlegs


The Decca Tapes - The Definitive Edition

Unofficial album • Released in 2010

3:06 • DemoA


I Hope We Passed The Audition

Unofficial live

3:06 • Studio version


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 5

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:22 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Aug 13, 1963

Live performances

“Searchin'” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where has been played


'Take It Away' promotional video filming

Jun 23, 1982 • United Kingdom • Borehamwood • Elstree Studios


Manchester • Oasis Club • United Kingdom

Feb 02, 1962 • United Kingdom • Manchester • Oasis Club


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