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Joey Ramone Handwritten Lyrics for 'Searching for Something'

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Handwritten lyrics by Joey Ramone for the song ‘Searching for Something,’ unsigned, penned in blue and black ballpoint on three off-white 8 x 10.5 notebook pages. Ramone adds the title vertically to left side, “Searchin For Something,” and then, in the upper section, he writes: “Susan Says, Intro, Waterloo Sunset.” The lyrics, in full (spelling retained): “Susan moved up to Rochester she can't stand the crack anymore shes clean & sober now & she just glows Her mom lives theyre There's an Ashram Trees & open space it suits her very well & man it shows yeah we went on up to South Fallsburg for some spiritual comforting & I felt like a million dollars something that money just can't bring her eyes are filled with diamonds everybody knows her name guru mae my my my my baby everybody loves you everybody loves you needs you mesmorizing Guru my went back to India Susan waits for her return she got a good job in New York City & she lives in the Ashram Her eyes are filled with wonder as she waits for her return I found shes goin off to India now shes going to India after all its a main concern.” In fine condition.

Co-written by Joey Ramone and Al Maddy, 'Searching for Something' is the eighth track on Ramone's debut solo album, 2002's Don't Worry About Me. The album featured two covers: 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, and '1969' by the Stooges. The short song list at the top suggests that perhaps Ramone had ideas for additional cover songs: 'Susan Says' is a song by pop punk band Bona Dish, and 'Waterloo Sunset' is a popular hit single by the Kinks. Joey Ramone passed away at the age of 49 on April 15, 2001, a little less than a year before Don't Worry About Me was released, which makes these handwritten lyrics some of the last that the punk rock legend would ever write.

From the Ramones and Punk Collection of Daniel Rey, and accompanied by a letter of provenance.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Ramones collection of Daniel Rey
  • Dates: #626 - Ended September 25, 2021

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