"I Hear You Knocking" is a rhythm and blues song written by Dave Bartholomew. New Orleans rhythm and blues singer Smiley Lewis first recorded the song in 1955. The lyrics tell of the return of a former lover who is rebuffed.
"I Hear You Knocking" reached number two on the Billboard R&B singles chart in 1955, making it Lewis's most popular and best-known song. Subsequently, numerous artists have recorded it, including Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds, whose version reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in 1970 and was in the top 10 in several other countries.
Welsh singer and guitarist Dave Edmunds recorded "I Hear You Knocking" in 1970 at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire. Whereas Lewis's original recording is a piano-driven R&B piece with a 12/8 shuffle feel, Edmunds' version features prominent guitar lines and a stripped-down, straight-quaver rock-and-roll approach. In an interview, John Lennon commented, "Well, I always liked simple rock. There's a great one in England now, 'I Hear You Knocking'".
You went away and left me long time ago Now you're knocking on my door I hear you knocking, but you can't come in I hear you knocking, go back where you been
I begged you not to go but you said goodbye And now you're telling me all your lies I hear you knocking, but you can't come in I hear you knocking, go back where you been, oh yeah
You better get back to your used-to-be 'Cause you're kinda love ain't good for me I hear you knocking, but you can't come in I hear you knocking, go back where you been
I told you way back in Fifty-two That I would never go with you I hear you knocking but you can't come in I hear you knocking, go back where you been Songwriters: Pearl King / Dave Bartholomew I Hear You Knocking lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC