"Search Me" is a song written by Katy Perry (then Katy Hudson), Tommy Collier, and Scott Faircloff for Hudson's self-titled debut album, Katy Hudson. The song, along with "Last Call", was released as "Limited Edition Radio Singles" on a CD sent to radio stations. The release was for promotional purposes only.
Hudson explained the meaning of the song on her site in 2001.
- "I was struggling with the fact that I would have the huge responsibility of how others would be affected through what I was doing or saying on stage. I don't want to put on some kind of front that everything is good when it's not. I wanted to keep it real, but still give people hope. I was trying to figure out how to combine the two, so I put my gifts on the shelf for a period of time. I looked back and realized God was with me through this season of my life. He knew one day I would wake up and remember the amazing gift I was given and how so many other people would love to be on the stage that I had been letting collect dust."
Through this skin you see my heart
Through this laughter You feel my pain
Even through this mask You see my face
For you are the only one who really knows just who I am
And You search me
And You know all the secrets of my heart
Revealing the mysteries of who You are
You search me
Growing up never comes easily
In Your hands, You're the potter molding me
Then why do I wear this mask and play this game of hide and seek
When You are the only one who really knows just who I am
My Father, my Father
You are my Father, oh, and
I am Your child
And You hear my cry
Even at the midnight