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What Do You Mean She Can’t Find Her Keys?

Paul Petersen's She Can't Find Her Keys

The song “She Can’t Find Her Keys”  was written for Paul Petersen by Roy Alfred and Wally Gold. (They also wrote “It’s My Party” for Lesley Gore.) The story in the song tells the tale of a girl coming home from a date. She pulls everything but the kitchen sink out of her purse while searching frantically for her keys, which, of course, she can’t find. Some of objects she extracts from her purse include, but are not limited to, lipstick, powder, bubblegum, an autograph of Fabian, tangerines, Presley records, hair spray and jellybeans. Paul Petersen gained fame as a teenage heartthrob on The Donna Reed Show, which aired from 1958 to 1966.  Petersen first performed “She Can’t Find Her Keys” on the TV show in a dream sequence. The song went to #19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.

“She Can’t Find Her Keys” was Petersen’s first record, but it was not his favorite mainly because it was a novelty song. People got him confused with Brian Hyland, who had a hit with his novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”  But Petersen did have charting success with “My Dad,” in 1962, which was a song about Dr. Alex Stone, his TV Dad on The Donna Reed Show. That went to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Before The Donna Reed Show, he was a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club. Since 1990, Petersen has been an advocate for protecting current and former child-stars through his group “A Minor Consideration.”

Here are the lyrics to “She Can’t Find Her Keys:”

When I take my baby home at night
I can’t wait to kiss and hold her tight
But by then the time begins to drag
When she starts searching through her bag
She says just a moment please
I can’t find my keys
And here’s what happens while he’s waiting for her squeeze
She pulls out
Lipstick, powder, bubble gum and bobby pins
But she can’t find her keys (her keys)
Curlers, tweezers, cold creme and candy bars
But she can’t find her keys (her keys)
Nail file, school books, an autograph of Fabian
She can find with ease
But I’m standing here waiting for a goodnight kiss
Cause she can’t find her keys
Sha da sha da sha da she can’t find her keys
I give up go home and go to sleep
But next night my date with her I keep
Walk her home we start to kiss and then
It all starts happening again
She says just a moment please
I can’t find my keys
And here’s what happens while he’s waiting for her squeeze
She pulls out
Gumdrops, glasses, magazines and tangerines
But she can’t find her keys (her keys)
Presley records, hair spray and jelly beans
But she can’t find her keys (her keys)
Eyebrow pencils, perfume and potato chips and portable batteries
But I’m standing here waiting for a goodnight kiss
Cause she can’t find her keys
But he’s standing here waiting for a goodnight kiss
Cause she can’t find her keys
She pulls out
Frozen custard, piano bench, pretzels and a monkey wrench
Tennis racket, army cots, pumpkin seeds and coffee pots
Watermelons, goal post, a rabbit’s foot and French toast
Fire hydrant, ash can, tv set, electric fan
But she can’t find her keys!

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