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Young Blood

Album This song officially appears on the Live At The BBC Official live.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1994

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Young Blood” is a song written by Doc Pomus along with the songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit in 1957. The song was included in the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe.


Musically, the song follows a minor blues structure, built mostly around three chords (im, ivm, V) except for the bridge (IV, VI, III, V). The lyrical theme is one typical of early rock and roll: boy meets girl, then meets girl’s father, who does not approve of boy; so the boy departs, but cannot stop thinking about the girl, declaring “You’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one.

The Coasters’ version

Young Blood” was originally recorded by The Coasters and released as a single together with “Searchin’” in March 1957 by Atco Records (#6087). This song is compared to the cleaner cut song “Standing on the Corner” from the musical The Most Happy Fella. Their version can also be heard on The Very Best of the Coasters album. It topped Billboard’s R&B chart and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Coasters’ version is ranked #414 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the group’s only song on the list.

The Beatles’ cover version

The Beatles played “Young Blood” in their Cavern Club repertoire. It is one of twelve songs recorded by them in July 1962 on a tape, which was re-purchased by Paul McCartney at a Sotheby’s auction in 1985.

A previously-unreleased version performed by The Beatles (for the BBC radio show Pop Go the Beatles broadcast on June 11, 1963) is included on their album Live at the BBC, released in 1994. It was recorded at the BBC Paris Studio, London on June 1, 1963, and George Harrison is the lead vocalist on this recording; the tempo is moderately fast, considerably faster than in the original.

Last updated on August 27, 2014


I saw her standing on the corner
A yellow ribbon in her hair
I couldn't stop myself from calling
Why look a-there, look a-there
Why look a-there, why look a-there

Young blood
Oh young blood
Young blood
I can't get you out of my mind

I took one look and I was fractured
I tried to walk but I was lame
I tried to talk but I just stuttered
Why what's your name? What's your name?
Why what's your name? What's your name?

Young blood
Young blood
Young blood
I can't get you out of my mind

What crazy stuff, she looked so tough
I tried to follow her all the way home
But things went bad, I met her dad
He said 'You better leave my daughter alone'

I tried to sleep but I just couldn't
I saw the rising of the sun
And all along my heart was calling
Why you're the one, you're the one
Why you're the one, a-you're the one

Young blood
Oh young blood
Yeah young blood
I can't get you out of my mind

Yeah young blood
Oh young blood
Yeah young blood
I can't get you out of my mind

Officially appears on

Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

1:57 • Radio showL1 • This song was on the B-side of the Coasters’ ‘Searchin’’ – a big American hit in 1957. The Beatles also recorded ‘Young Blood’ at their audition for Decca Records on New Year’s Day 1962.

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Vocals
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Vocals

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 11, 1963


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 2

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

2:22 • Live

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 11, 1963

Live performances

“Young Blood” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where Young Blood has been played

Pop Go The Beatles

Jun 11, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions

Manchester • Oasis Club • United Kingdom

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


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