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Q: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere"
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: whatda-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 08 Mar 2005 14:09 PST
Expires: 07 Apr 2005 15:09 PDT
Question ID: 486954
Was "Here, There, and Everywhere." a popular expression before it became the
title of a Beatles song? If yes, what is the origin of the phrase?

FYI - I'm posting the same question re: "The Long and Winding Road."
Subject: Re: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere"
Answered By: journalist-ga on 08 Mar 2005 14:52 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings Whatda,

The earliest instance I located of the words together in the order you
cite is from Chapter 5 of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
published 130 years ago, in 1875:

"Mr. Walters fell to 'showing off,' with all sorts of official
bustlings and activities, giving orders, judgments, discharging
directions here, there, everywhere that he could find a target."

****************************** cites the words in the order you mention from a 1913
Webster's Dictionary:

"Note: Over, out, off, and similar adverbs, are often used in the
predicate with the sense and force of adjectives, agreeing in this
respect with the adverbs of place, here, there, everywhere, nowhere;
as, the games were over; the play is over; the master was out; his hat
is off. [1913 Webster]"

"Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"   


Later instances (but still pre-Beatles) appear in a New York Times
crossword puzzles title listing including 4 puzzle titles of the late
40s of either "Here There Everywhere" or "Here There and Everywhere"
by different puzzle authors.  See


Thanks for asking this interesting question.  I hope I've help shed
some light on your query, and that the grouping of the words was not
created by the Beatles.

Best regards,


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Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 08 Mar 2005 14:56 PST
ADDENDUM:  My apologies - Twain's book was published in 1876 - I
mis-typed the year by accident.  I also meant to include this fact:

"Written off and on from 1872-75, Tom Sawyer was published in 1876, by
the American Publishing Co."

So, it is possible the "here, there, everywhere" instance could have
been penned by Twain as early as 1872.

Best regards,
whatda-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Fantastic! Thank you.

Subject: Re: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere"
From: richardtr-ga on 09 Mar 2005 05:30 PST
We know these words were edited in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
published  in 1875-76, but have being probably being used before this
book. Personally I think is very hard to detect the first time a word
or a phrase was used, because before being published or used in public
text they develop in the cultural background of people.
Subject: Re: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere"
From: journalist-ga on 09 Mar 2005 08:36 PST
Thank you, Whatda, for your kind words, high rating and added
generosity!  I'm delighted you are pleased with my research.  :)

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Phrase "Here, There, and Everywhere"
From: phatmike-ga on 20 Jul 2005 09:52 PDT
I know this phrase is also used in the film "Some Like it Hot".
Jack Lemmon says it when asked about where he has performed.

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