I've Been Everywhere, Man
I've Been Everywhere, Man is an Australian song
Did you think Johnny Cash wrote I've Been Everywhere, Man? No he didn't, although he recorded a cracking good rendition. Perhaps you thought it was Hank Snow, or maybe Asleep at the Wheel..
'I've Been Everywhere, Man' was written by an Australian, Geoff Mack, in 1959. It was a popular hit for a young, and also very popular, singer named Lucky Starr.
With the help of an atlas, Mack rewrote the song for Hank Snow in 1962.
No matter what version you prefer, it's pretty darned difficult for anyone of normal vocal ability to actually sing 'I've Been Everywhere, Man' right through. Can you?
Why did I make this tribute?
My brother was somewhere up north on a cattle station, unable to be contacted, in the middle of raging Queensland floods. I needn't have worried, he arrived back home safe and sound via a 900km detour.
The roadmap of his detour sounded like a song. Out of Barcaldine, a backtrack west to Charleville, south to Cunnamulla, east to St George then south east to Goondiwindi before heading back north east to Brisbane. Names of the old towns from the cattle droving days.
I found myself humming an old song..
The Original from Lucky Starr
Come on, sing along!
Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba, Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah, Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla, Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla, Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla, Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla.
Moree, Taree, Jerilderie, Bambaroo, Toowoomba, Gunnedah, Caringbah, Woolloomooloo, Dalveen, Tamborine, Engadine, Jindabyne, Lithgow, Casino, Brigalow, Narromine, Megalong, Wyong, Tuggerawong, Wanganella, Morella, Augathella, Brindabella
Take a deep breath!
Wollongong, Geelong, Kurrajong, Mullumbimby, Mittagong, Cooranbong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi, Yarra Yarra, Bouindarra, Wallangarra, Turramurra, Boggabri, Gundagai, Narrabri, Tibooburra, Gulgong, Adelong, Billabong, Cabramatta, Parramatta, Wangaratta, Coolangatta
Last ones, you can do it!
Ettalong, Dandenong, Woodenbong, Ballarat, Canberra, Milperra, Unanderra, Captains Flat, Cloncurry, River Murray, Kurri Kurri, Girraween, Terrigal, Stockinbingal, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Bendigo, Dorrigo, Bangalow, Indooroopilly, Kirribilli, Yeerongpilly, Wollondilly
I'd like to see some of the places in the songClick thumbnail to view full-size
- The Oodnadatta Track
It's called a 'road' in the song, but it's the Oodnadata Track, all 650km of it
Ready for the New Zealand Version?
I don't know the name of the singer in this delightful version from Aotearoa, but he was hitching a ride on a winding Hokitika road.
Let's sing along anyway.
From New Zealand
All together now ...
Kaparoa, Whangaroa, Akaroa, Motueka, Taramoa, Benmore, Pongaroa, Horoeka, Rimutaka, Te Karaka, Whangarei, Nuhaka, Waimahaka, Motuhura, Waikaka, Motunui, Hokonui, Papanui, Wainui, Matawai, Rongotai, Pikowai
Woodville, Dargaville, Lumsden, Katikati, Naseby, Cambridge, Porirua, Mararoa, Hastings, Tikitiki, Tauranga, Auckland, Naenae, Waitaha, Hamilton, Poroporo, Taupo, Timaru, Oamaru, Tihoi, Awanui, Wanganui, Pauanui
Take a big, big breath. There are three more verses!
Featherston, Palmerston, Woolston, Te Awamutu, Riverton, Queenstown, Picton, Ohinemutu, Morere, Korere, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Matamata, Ruakura, Ikamatua, Papakura, Waitaki, Pukaki, Taranaki, Te Kauwhata, Ropata, Ikowai, Waitemata
Ruatoki, Matahura, Taupiri, Maketu, Kyeburn, Sowburn, Wedderburn, Mossburn, Washdyke, Arawhata, Paparoa, Kaponga, Te Aroha, Thames, Kerikeri, Kokoma, Tapanui, Porinui, Tawanui, Otahuhu, Ruatapu, Mosgiel, Whareroa
Nearly there - last one!
Kapiti, Ngawaka, Onepu, Reporoa, Tongariro, Tomoana, Renwick, Papamoa, Karitane, Oxford, Parihaka, Karetu, Coalgate, Whitecliffs, Urenui, Mamaku, Waimea, Waharoa, Dannevirke, Ngahere, Gordonton, Kingston, Oban
Don't you feel good now?
There's nothing like a good sing-a-long is there?
And now you've mastered the lyrics you can impress your friends at parties.
How about you?
Did you sing both versions right through?
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