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"Searching for a Heart" is a song by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon from his album Mr. Bad Example released in 1991. As track ten it serves as the album's closer on Mr. Bad Example. This song has also been performed live on Late Night with David Letterman. (link to this performance)

Background Edit

"Searching for a Heart" was originally written for an Alan Rudolph picture titled Love At Large. Warren was told by Rudolph that he would use anything that he could write. Lawrence Kasdan also used the song in Grand Canyon. Subsequent to it's release in 1991, the song became a live favorite and is also featured on the live album Learning to Flinch.

Music Edit

"Searching for a Heart" is in the key of E minor. The original recording is played softly at 110 beats per-minute. The song prominently uses the electric guitar in clean tone and keyboards and features a guitar solo after the first bridge. Harmonized backing vocals can also be heard throughout the song. "Searching for a Heart" runs at four minutes and sixteen seconds long.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Darkness in the morning

Shadows on the land

Certain individuals

Aren't sticking with the plan


And I'm searching for a heart

Searching everyone

They say love conquers all

You can't start it like a car

You can't stop it with a gun


Leaving in the evening

Traveling at night

Staying inconspicuous

I'm staying out of sight


And I'm searching for a heart

Searching everyone

They say love conquers all

You can't start it like a car

You can't stop it with a gun


They tell me love requires a little standing in line

And I've been waiting for you, lover, for a long, long time

I've been pacing the floor

I've been watching the door

Meanwhile I'll keep searching for a heart


Searching high and low for you

Trying to track you down

Certain individuals

Have finally come around


And I'm searching for a heart

Searching everyone

They say love conquers all

You can't start it like a car

You can't stop it with a gun


They tell me love requires a little standing in line

And I've been waiting for you, lover, for a long, long time

I've been pacing the floor I've been watching the door

Meanwhile I'll keep searching for a heart

Searching everyone

They say love conquers all

You can't start it like a car

You can't stop it with a gun

Personnel Edit

Warren Zevon - Lead Vocals, Keyboards

Waddy Wachtel - Guitar

Bob Glaub - Bass

Jeff Porcaro - Drums

Micheal Lennon, Mark Lennon, Kip Lennon and Jorge Colderon - harmony vocals

Trivia Edit

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