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I've Been Everywhere, Man

Updated on June 24, 2014

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 song

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BIrdsville
BIrdsville
Dorrigo
Dorrigo
Ettalong
Ettalong
Jerilderie Post Office
Jerilderie Post Office
Jindabyne
Jindabyne

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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      Steve Martaindale 5 years ago

      So much fun ... thanks for the education.

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have only been to 13 of the towns in NZ version, and here I though I had been everywhere. Glad your brother was safe, 900 km is a long detour. Blessed

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I can claim 40 of the towns in the Aussie version (and never realised my hometown of Narrabeen and old stomping ground of Collaroy were in the song!)

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      Whitwillow LM 5 years ago

      Well I never......Always enjoy your lenses.

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Have heard, I've Been Everywhere, Man, sung by Johnny Cash, but did not know it was an Australian song. Fun idea!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      How fun; didn't know the original was Aussie. Love the Johnny Cash version, can't beleive these guys can sing all those names so fast; I can't even figure out how to pronounce most of them!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      It really is a great song.

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      That's really neat! My husband loves Johnny Cash's version of the song. He thinks that it's hard not to smile when you sing "I've been Everywhere Man." I tend to agree.

      Great lens! Blessed!

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      seegreen 6 years ago

      I was discussing some of Australia's interesting town names with my brother last year. He was telling me about being at a boy scout jamboree when he was little and all the troops had their town names on placards. He thought half of them made up the names!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I had no idea that the original version was from Australia. I can't even imagine how he was able to sing the names of those places so fast - amazing. Great lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Fascinating, I'd only heard the American version of this song before. Great story! I'm lensrolling it to my Funny Australian Songs.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Now, that's talent to be able to sing like that. I loved how you used your brother's experience to come up with this idea. Very fun.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I always say I've been everywhere but clearly I haven't:)

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      How fun!Blessed

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      What fun! Thanks for including the New Zealand version. I thought I had been everywhere, but now I know there's a few more interesting looking places to go!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Too funny....I liked the New Zeland one best...they weren't so hard sounding ;) Cute song, and glad your brother made it through all these towns...lol imagine if he had to say all that just to let you know where he was :)