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Lyrics to Shop Around
by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

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[edit]Song titleShop Around
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Intro:
SR: When I became of age,
My mother called me to her side.
She said, "Son your growing up now,"
Pretty soon you'll take a bride."

Verse 1:
SR: And then she said, "Just because you've
SR: Become a young man, now, GM: Man, now.
SR: There's still some things/ GM: /Ooo-ooo./
SR: /That you don't understand, now. GM: Stand now.
SR: Before you ask/ GM: /Ooo-ooo/
SR: /Some girl for her hand, now, GM: Hand now.
SR: Keep your freedom/ GM: /Ooo-ooo/
SR: /For as long as you can, now."
All: My ma-SR:-ma told me, "You better
All: Shop SR: around./ GM: /Shop,
GM: Shop around./ SR: /A-woh, yeah-eah,
SR: You better/ GM: /Ah ah-ah-ah,/
SR: /Shop around."
GM: Shop, shop around.

Verse 2:
SR: Ah-ah-ah, "There's some things
SR: That I want you to know, now, GM: Ah-hah.
SR: Ah-just as sure/ GM: /Ooo-ooo.
SR: /As the wind's gonna blow, now. GM: Ah-hah.
SR: The women come/ GM: /Ooo-ooo./
SR: /And the women gonna go, now. GM: Ah-hah.
SR: Before you tell 'em GM: Ooo-ooo/
SR: /That you love 'em so, now."
All: My ma-SR:-ma told me, "You better
All: Shop around./ GM: /Shop,
GM: Shop around./ SR: /Woh, yeah,
SR: You better/ GM: /Ah ah-ah-ah,/
SR: /Shop around."
GM: Shop, shop around.

Chorus:
GM: Ohhhh,/ SR: /"Ah-try to get yourself
SR: A bargain, son,/
GM: /Ohhhh,/ SR: /Don't be sold
SR: On the very first/ GM: hot woman/ SR: /one.
GM: Ohhhh,/ SR: /Ah-pretty girls
SR: Come a dime a dozen,
Ah-try to find one who's gonna give ya true lovin'.

Verse 3:
GM: Ahh-hah. SR: Before you take a girl
GM: Ooo-ooo/ SR: /And say, 'I do.' now,
GM: Ahh-hah. SR: Ah-make sure
SR: She's in love with you, no-ow."
All: My ma-SR:-ma told me,
All: "You better shop around."

Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/lLIYInstrumental break featuring saxophone.

Chorus, repeated with slight chages in style:
SR: Oh-oh, hey-ay, hey, ay-ay,
GM: Ahhhh,/ SR: /"Try to get yourself
SR: A bargain, son,
GM: /Ahhhh,/ SR: /Don't be sold
SR: On the very first one./
GM: /On the very first one.
GM: Ahhhh,/ SR: /A-pretty girls
SR: Come a dime a dozen,
SR: A-try to find one who's
SR: Gonna give ya true lovin'.

Verse 3, repeated with minor style and word changes:
GM: Ahh-hah. SR: Before you take/
GM: /Ooo-ooo/ SR: /A girl and say, 'I do.' now.
GM: Ahh-hah/ SR: /Make sure
GM: Ooo-ooo/ SR: /She's in love with you, now.
GM: Ahh-hah. SR: Make sure that
GM: Ooo-ooo/ SR: Her love is true, now.
GM: Ahh-hah. SR: I hate to see you
GM: Ooo-ooo/ SR: /Feelin' sad and blue, now."
All: My ma-SR:-ma told me,
All: "You better shop around."
GM: Shop, shop around./

/Outro:
SR: /Ah-hah-a, don't let
SR: Your first ah-one git'cha.
GM: Shop, shop around./
SR: Oh, no, 'cause I don't wanna see/
GM: /Ah ha-ha-ha/ SR: /Her wit'cha.
GM: Shop, shop around./
SR: /Ah-ha, before you let her hold/
GM: /Ah ha-ha-ha/ SR: /you tight,
GM: Shop, shop around./
SR: /A-yeah, yeah, make sure she's/
GM: /Ah ha-ha-ha/ SR: /alright.
GM: Shop, hop around./
SR: /Ah-ha, before you Let/
GM /Ah ha-ha-ha/ SR: /her take your hand,
GM: Shop,/ SR: /My son,
Fade.
GM: Shop around./ SR: /Understand, my son,
GM: Ah ah-ah-ah/ SR: /Be a man,
GM: Shop,/ SR: /My son.
GM: Shop around./ SR: /I know you can, my son.
GM: Ah ah-ah-ah/ SR: /I love ya...

VOICE KEY:
Lyrics preceded with SR: denote solo by Smokey Robinson.
Lyrics preceded with GM: denote all the group members sing without SR.
Lyrics preceded with All: denote everyone sings.
Lyrics separated by a slash(es) (/) mean the lyrics on opposite sides of the
slash(es) are sung simultaneously or overlap.

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[edit]More brief notes[Lyrics with no parentheses denote a solo by Smokey Robinson.] [Lyrics in single parentheses denote just the backup singer(s).] [Lyrics in double parentheses denote lead singer and backup singer(s) all sing.] [Lyrics separated by a slash (/) mean the lyrics on opposite sides of the slash are sung simultaneously.]

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Shop Around Recording details & track overview

[[SHOP AROUND]]{{1a}}{{1b}}__BR__ Written by: William "Smokey" Robinson & Berry Gordy, Jr.__BR__ Produced by: Berry Gordy, Jr.__BR__ Performed by: The Miracles Ft. Bill "Smokey" Robinson{{2a}}{{2b}}__BR__ Lyrics transcribed by: bri4daz@mp3lyrics.org__BR__ Recorded:__BR__ Regional [Detroit, Michigan] or "slow" version-September 27, 1960__BR__ National or "hit" version-October 15, 1960__BR__ First released:{{3}}__BR__ Single:__BR__ Regional [Length: 3:04]__BR__ National [Length: 2:50]__BR__ Album: 1961 [Length: 2:50] {{1a}}There are two versions of "Shop Around." The original version was recorded live, had a strong blues influence, and was released only locally in the Detroit, Michigan area. But Berry Gordy{{4}} decided that the song needed to be re-recorded in order to be more commercially viable outside of Detroit. The original version is often referred as the "slow" version and appears only on the album [[The 35th Anniversary Collection.]] And the one that is most familiar, is k.....MORE.....(all Shop Around track/recording details)

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles biography

The Miracles, an African-American rhythm & blues (R&B) group from Detroit, Michigan, began in 1955 as The Five Chimes. In 1957 they changed their name to The Matadors. In November 1958 they became The Miracles but from 1965 to 1972 they were billed as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, in order to capitalize on Robinson's popularity. (However, for a time during this transition, the labels on the singles would read "The Miracles" but the albums from which the single came would read Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Eventually this discrepancy worked itself out. After 1972, Robinson went solo, and the remaining members returned to using the name The Miracles.

The Miracles were notable as the first successful group act for Berry Gordy Jr.'s1 Motown Records Corporation,2 and as one of Motown's signature acts of the 1960s. During the same period, Smokey Robinson became one of the most successful s.....MORE.....(full Smokey Robinson & The Miracles biography)

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