Song Lyric Sunday: “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long”

I have to thank Helen for choosing today’s theme, “search.” When I saw it, song titles just kept coming at me, so now, not only do I have this post done, I have a good idea for tomorrow’s M4 as well.

“(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” was Chicago’s first single from their seventh album, appropriately named Chicago VII. It was written by trombonist James Pankow and sung by bassist Peter Cetera, who sang just about everything Pankow wrote, even “Old Days,” which he initially refused to sing because he didn’t like Howdy Doody as a kid and liked him even less as an adult. It reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 in Canada, in 1974, which everyone knows by now was a very significant year for me.

Lyrics courtesy of

[Verse 1]
As my life goes on I believe
Somehow something’s changed
Something deep inside
Ooh, a part of me
There’s a strange new light in my eyes
Things I’ve never known
Changing my life
Changing me

I’ve been searching
So long
To find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning

[Verse 2]
Now I see myself as I am
Feeling very free
Life is everything
Ooh it’s meant to be
When my tears have come to an end
I will understand
What I left behind
Part of me


Don’t you know I’m hell yeah
For an answer
To the question
Oh yeah
For our minds
Baby it’s true
It’s only natural
It’s only natural baby, yeah
Good things
In life
Take a long time
Yeah yeah

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for the last day of September, 2018.

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long”

    1. His voice has thickened and not quite as high as it was, and I don’t know that he plays much bass anymore, but he’s still at it, and still looks good. There’s a lot of bad blood between him and the other members of Chicago, from what I gather, but he’s been spotted with a couple of other former members. Who knows? He might get back into the game…

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  1. Love this! Of course, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Peter Cetera. When I lived in Sun Valley, Idaho back in the mid 80’s to mid 90’s, he also lived there. I can’t recall if it was just a summer home for him or not. But a group of my friends would gather together at the local church for early morning basketball and he would often join in. One of my friends also told me that he also played on the city softball league with them.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Softball doesn’t surprise me. Softball’s huge in Chicago, both figuratively and literally: the ball used, The Clincher, is 16 inches around and hard as a rock, and you play without gloves. If you see a guy from Chicago whose fingers are going every which way, you can bet he played softball…


    1. Mr. John, Happy Monday (I Hope) Can you please explain to me how to do a ping back. Totally don’t know. Thanks I’ll wait for you response…


      1. I don’t know if you knew this, but you did it on your Song Lyric Sunday post. You pasted the URL of Helen’s post into yours, and that created the pingback.

        What most of us do is create a link to Helen’s post somewhere in the post. If you take a look at this post (the one you commented on), you’ll notice that “Helen” on the first line is blue, and if you hover over it, the cursor changes to a finger and the URL for her post pops up at the bottom of the screen. I looked through a few of your posts and I didn’t see any with external links. This video shows you how to do them:

        But really, what you did on your post from this week is fine…

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        1. Oh good b/c I really don’t want to deal with that. I’m old and sometimes all this technology just boggles the mind. The husband’s iPhone crashed and he gave me the job of getting it working again…Ahhhh not looking forward to that task and yes I turned it off and on again. I’m going to go the the youtube video and check it out. Thanks Mr. John for the info. Let’s hope this is a better week than last…

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