Shop Around

Album: Hi, We're The Miracles (1960)
Charted: 2
  • When I became of age my mother called me to her side,
    She said, "Son, you're growing up now pretty soon you'll take a bride"
    And then she said, "Just because you've become a young man now,
    There's still somethings that you don't understand now,
    Before you ask some girl for her hand now
    Keep your freedom for as long as you can now."

    My mama told me, "You better shop around, (Shop, shop)
    Oh yeah, you better shop around" (Shop, shop around)

    Ah, there's somethings that I want you to know now
    Just as sure as the winds gonna blow now
    The women come and the women gonna go now
    Before you tell 'em that you love em so now.

    My mama told me, "You better shop around, (Shop, shop)
    Oh yeah, you better shop around" (Shop, shop around)

    A-try to get yourself a bargain son
    Don't be sold on the very first one
    A-pretty girls come a dime a dozen,
    A-try to find one who's gonna give you true lovin'

    Before you take a girl and say I do, now,
    Make sure she's in love with-a you now.
    My mama told me, "You better shop around."

    Ooh yeah, a-try to get yourself a bargain son
    Don't be sold on the very first one
    A-pretty girls come a dime a dozen,
    A-try to find one who's gonna give you true lovin'.

    Before you take a girl and say I do, now,
    Make sure she's in love with-a you now.
    Make sure that her love is true now.
    I hate to see you feelin' sad and blue now"

    My mama told me, "You better shop around (Shop, shop)
    Don't let the first one get you
    Oh no 'cause I don't want to see her with you
    Uh huh before you let her hold you tight, ah yeah make sure she's alright
    Uh huh before you let her take your hand my son
    Understand my son, be a man my son I know you can my son I love you"Writer/s: BERRY GORDY JR, WILLIAM ROBINSON JR.
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 9

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaInteresting that Barry played on this song. Does anyone know the name of the Sax player?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 27th 1960, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles performed "Shop Around" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    As the time the song was at #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and at #53 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    {See the posts below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 20th 1976, the Captain and Tennille performed "Shop Around" on the premiere of their weekly ABC-TV program 'The Captain and Tennille'...
    The series had a six month run with a total of 20 episodes...
    {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 25th 1976, the Captain and Tennille performed "Shop Around" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
    Exactly two months earlier on April 25th, 1976 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #62; and on July 4th, 1976 it peaked at #4 (for 1 week) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1975 and 1980 the husband & wife duo had fourteen Top 100 records; half of them, seven, making the Top 10 and two reached #1; "Love Will Keep Us Together" (for 4 weeks in 1975) and "Do That To Me One more Time" (for 1 week in 1980).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 27th 1960 the Miracles performed "Shop Around" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Exactly three weeks earlier on December 6th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 20th, 1961 it peaked at #2 (for 1 week) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    The week it was at #2, the #1 record was "Calcutta" by Lawrence Welk...
    It reached #1 (for 8 weeks) on January 16th, 1961 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Captain & Tennille covered version peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on June 5th, 1976 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The group's 1st recorded record was "Got a Job" in 1958, it was an answer song to the Silhouettes' "Get a Job" (it didn't make the charts, but it's on YouTube).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyDebbie Dean's answer song peaked at No. 92 and stayed two weeks in the Top 100. Sadly she passed away on February 17th, 2001 at age 73...
  • John from Nashville, TnMotown artist Debbie Dean recorded an answer song called "Don't Let Him Shop Around". Dean became the first white female artist signed to Motown. The single can be found on the first complete Motown singles box set (1959-1961).
  • Betsy from Keller, TxSo the first record was recorded and released - how do you know what the 45 that was pulled from the shelves with the first recording looked like? We have one from 1960 - we have been told it is the first one by the numbers in the wax. Anyone know?
  • Pj from Dallas, TxDid Blood Sweat & Tears David Clayton Thomas record this song also?
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