"I've Been Everywhere" is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962.

The song (as originally written) listed Australian towns. It was later adapted by Canadian Hank Snow forNorth American (predominantly United Statestoponyms, by Australian singer Rolf Harris with English andScottish toponyms (1963),[1] and by John Hore (later known as John Grenell) with New Zealand toponyms (1966).

In 1962, the song was a number-one US country hit for American recording artist, Hank Snow.[2] The song was also recorded by Lynn Anderson (USA 1970), Asleep at the Wheel (USA 1973), Johnny Cash (USA 1996), Chip Dockery, Ted Egan, Little Jan Buckner of Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters (USA 1972), the "Farrelly Brothers" from the television series The Aunty Jack Show (Australia 1974, a parody version, on the albumAunty Jack Sings Wollongong),[3John Grenell (NZ 1966), Mike Ford (Canada, 2005), Rolf Harris (UK 1963), Clifton Jansky, The Sunny Cowgirls and the Statler Brothers. Harvey Reid also included the song in hisDreamer or Believer album.

Original singer Lucky Starr released an EP called "Lucky's Been Everywhere," which contained four different versions: United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, and Australia (Festival Records FX-10.485 (Australia)).

Australian versionEdit

Some of theLOCATIONS in the Australian version

The Australian versionSTARTSWell, I was humpin' my bluey[nb 1] on the dusty Oodnadatta road, When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load, 'If you're goin' to Oodnadatta, mate, um, with me you can ride,' so I climbed in the cabin, and I settled down inside, He asked me if i'd seen a road with so much dust and sand, I said listen mate, I've traveled every road in this here land. 'Cause...

The toponyms listed are:

Verse 1
TullamoreSeymourLismoreMooloolabaNambourMaroochydoreKilmoreMurwillumbahBirdsville,EmmavilleWallavilleCunnamullaCondamineStrathpineProserpineUlladullaDarwinGin Gin,Deniliquin, Muckadilla, WallumbillaBoggabilla, Kumbarilla.
Verse 2
MoreeTareeJerilderie, Bambaroo, ToowoombaGunnedahCaringbahWoolloomoolooDalveen,TamborineEngadineJindabyneLithgowCasinoBrigalowNarromineMegalongWyong,TuggerawongWanganellaMorellaAugathellaBrindabella
Verse 3
WollongongGeelongKurrajongMullumbimbyMittagongCooranbongGrong GrongGoondiwindiYarra Yarra,[4] Bouindarra, WallangarraTurramurra,BoggabriGundagaiNarrabriTibooburraGulgongAdelong, Billabong, CabramattaParramattaWangarattaCoolangatta
Verse 4
EttalongDandenongWoodenbongBallaratCanberraMilperraUnanderraCaptains FlatCloncurryRiver MurrayKurri KurriGirraweenTerrigal,StockinbingalCollaroyNarrabeenBendigoDorrigoBangalowIndooroopillyKirribilliYeerongpillyWollondilly

For some of the above, there is more than one place in Australia with the same name (e.g. CoolangattaGin Gin and Fingal). The links given above are the most famousLOCATIONS with those names.

North American versionEdit

"I've Been Everywhere"
Single by Hank Snow
from the album I've Been Everywhere
B-side Ancient History
Released September 1962
Format 7"
Recorded 27 June 1962
Genre Country
Length 2:45
Label RCA47-8072
Writer(s) Geoff Mack
Producer(s) Chet Atkins
Hank Snow singles chronology
"You Take The Future (And I'll Take The Past)"


"I've Been Everywhere"


"The Man Who Robbed The Bank Of Santa Fe "


Geoff Mack's music publisher offered the song to Canadian-born country musician Hank Snow in 1962. Snow thought the song had potential for the Canadian and American markets, but only if the toponyms were adapted to North America. At his publisher's urging, Geoff Mack consequently re-wrote the song using a North American atlas supplied to him by the publisher. The North American version starts: I was totin' my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road. Below are the places mentioned in this version of the song, most of which are in North America, but 3 of which are in Central America (El SalvadorCosta Ricaand Panama) and 2 in South America (Barranquilla and Argentina):

First verse
RenoChicagoFargoMinnesotaBuffaloTorontoWinslowSarasotaWichitaTulsaOttawa,OklahomaTampaPanamaMattawaLa PalomaBangorBaltimoreEl SalvadorAmarilloTocopilla,Barranquilla and Padilla.
Second verse
BostonCharlestonDaytonLouisianaWashingtonHoustonKingstonTexarkanaMontereyFerriday,Santa FeTallapoosaGlen RockBlack RockLittle RockOskaloosaTennesseeHennesseyChicopee,Spirit LakeGrand LakeDevils Lake and Crater Lake.

Third verse
LouisvilleNashvilleKnoxvilleOmbabikaScheffervilleJacksonvilleWatervilleCosta RicaPittsfieldSpringfieldBakersfieldShreveportHackensack,CadillacFond du LacDavenportIdahoJellicoArgentinaDiamantinaPasadena and Catalina.
Fourth verse
PittsburghParkersburgGravelbourgColoradoEllensburgRexburgVicksburgEl DoradoLarimoreAtmoreHaverstrawChattanoogaChaska,NebraskaAlaskaOpelikaBarabooWaterlooKalamazooKansas CitySioux CityCedar City and Dodge City.

New Zealand versionEdit

The New Zealand version starts: Well I was hitching a ride on a winding Hokitika road, when along came a lorry....

First verse
Kaparoa, WhangaroaAkaroaMotueka, Taramoa, BenmorePongaroaHoroekaRimutakaTe KarakaWhangareiNuhakaWaimahaka, Motuhora, Waikaka, MotunuiHokonuiPapanuiWainuiMatawaiRongotaiPikowai
Second verse
WoodvilleDargavilleLumsdenKatikatiNasebyCambridgePoriruaMangaroaHastingsTikitikiTaurangaAucklandNaenaeWaitahaHamilton,PoroporoTaupoTimaruOamaru, Tihoi, AwanuiWanganuiPauanui
Third verse
FeatherstonPalmerstonWoolstonTe AwamutuRivertonQueenstownPictonOhinemutu, Morere, KorereRotoruaKaikouraMatamataRuakura,IkamatuaPapakuraWaitakiPukakiTaranakiTe Kauwhata, Ropata, Ikowai, Waitemata
Fourth verse
RuatokiMatauraTaupiriMaketu, Kyeburn, Sowburn, WedderburnMossburnWashdyke, Arawhata, PaparoaKapongaTe ArohaThamesKerikeri, Kokoma, Tapanui, Porinui, Tawanui, OtahuhuRuatapuMosgiel, Whareroa
Fifth verse
Kapiti, Ngawaka, OnepuReporoaTongariro, Tomoana, RenwickPapamoaKaritaneOxfordParihakaKaretuCoalgateWhitecliffsUrenuiMamaku,WaimeaWaharoaDannevirkeNgahere, Gordonton, KingstonOban

Great Britain and Ireland versionEdit

Lucky Starr's Great Britain and Ireland version starts: I was peddlin’ me bike on a narrow road near Brighton sea, When along came a lorry and pulled up alongside o’ me, ‘Ere chuck your bike up on the back cop and with me you can ride, So I climbed up in the cabin and I settled down inside, He told me of the towns he’d seen and bashed me ear for several miles, I said ‘ere, mug it cop, I’ve been to every town in these ‘ere isles.

First verse
BradfordGuildfordOxfordLittlehamptonBedfordChingfordHerefordWolverhamptonShrewsburyCanterburyAylesburyLiverpoolScunthorpe, Sandthorpe, MablethorpeHartlepoolWhitehallBlackpoolMildenhallDavenportNewportSouthportStockport
FarnboroughEdinburghPeterboroughFelixstoweMiddlesbroughLoughboroughScarboroughWalthamstowBlackburnLisburnBannockburnDerry,WicklowGlasgowHounslowTipperaryHempsteadWansteadBansteadWoodstockBass RockBell RockTilbury Dock
Third verse
WeymouthYarmouthBournemouthHuddersfieldLewishamFavershamPetershamChesterfieldSouthendMile EndLand's EndBirkenhead,BirminghamNottinghamGillinghamHolyheadCambridgeTonbridgeKnightsbridgeBroadstairsEdgware, Ross Wear, Carstairs
Fourth verse
WestminsterSouthminsterKidderminsterAccringtonEastbourneSouthbourneSittingbournePaddingtonBoltonPaigntonStocktonInverness,RenwickBrunswickChiswickDungenessMansfieldSheffieldEnfieldKing’s CrossNew CrossCharing CrossBanbury Cross

Covers of this version were also recorded by the British group The Mudlarks and by Australian singer Rolf Harris, who added a few tongue-twisting Scottishplacenames but (humorously)FOUND them so hard to pronounce he said, "Better get back to the English version," and concluded with the final verse above.[5]

Other versionsEdit

Asian version
"I Go Everywhere" - Written and performed by Me Dow Chow Ling Dow Songer, 2012 "I go to Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City..."
Singapore version
"I've Been Everywhere, lah" (nicknamed "The Geylang Song" by fans for its repeated references to the red light district)- Written and performed by Alexander Gow and Miles McLean, aka The Disclaimers, 2008. Opens with "Well, I was walking down the road on the way to Tanah Merah; a girl pulled up beside me, said her name was Sarah; sheOFFERED me a lift, so I hopped inside; she said - "you ever seen a taxi queue so long and so wide?"; I sat back in my seat, I gave her a smile, and said; "Girl, I've been everywhere on this whole damn isle" ". Three verses of place names follow, in roughly alphabetical order: (Verse 1) "Ang Moh Kio, Admiralty, Aljunied, Bedok, Balestier, Bukit Timah, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Changi, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Dover, Dhoby Ghaut, Dairy Farm and Dempsey, Eunos, Expo, East Coast Parkway, Fort Canning, Fullerton, Farrer Road and Geylang"; (Verse 2) "Hill View, Havelock, Harbour Front, Holland V, India (the Little one), Jalan Kayu, Jurong East, Kallang, Khatib, Killiney and Kranji, Lakeside, Lavender, Lucky Plaza, Lornie, Mohammed Sultan, Mount Faber, Marsilling, Nanyang, Newton, Napier and Orchard Towers"; (Verse 3) "Prinsep, Punggol, Payar Lebar, Pasir Ris, Queens town, Queensway, River Valley, Raffles Place, Sentosa, Sembawang, Seletar and Siglap, Tanjong Pagar, Toa Payoh and Tampines, Upper Thompson, Upper Weir, Valley Road and Vista,Woodlands, Yishun, Zion Road and Geylang again"[6]
Alaska (adapted by Michael Faubion)
I got my snow machine stuck out on that windy Atmautluak trail.
"I've Been Everywhere (In the Key of Alberta)" adapted and performed by Calgary trio, The Wine Soaked Preachers.[7"I was totin' my bag down the long and dusty One Tree Road... He said if you're going out to Bassano... I've been to High RiverRed Deer RiverMilk RiverDrayton ValleyFox CreekBragg Creek,Pincher Creek, and Turner ValleyCold LakeSylvan LakeSlave LakeFort McMurrayTwo HillsThree HillsRolling Hills and RosemaryCastorCanmore,StrathmoreBeaver MinesStevevilleBonnyvilleMorinville, and Bruderheim.... I've been to ForemostOkotoksProvostVauxhallSedgewickSexsmith,Redcliff and St. PaulAcmeBentleyRimbeyVermilionCardstonHintonRaymond, and WetaskiwinLongviewPicture ButteTrochuGrande Prairie,CarstairsChestermereMundare, and Calgary.... I've been to CoaldaleInnisfailCarbondaleDrumhellerWainwright, Harvey Heights, WarspiteKinsella,Black DiamondBow IslandChampionDidsburyExshawTomahawkGrimshawManyberriesMillarvilleVegrevilleEckvilleWatertonBlue RidgePoplar RidgeLethbridge, and Edmonton.[8]
Aunty Jack
I've been to Wollongong (x 14), DAPTO, Wollongong.
"The Beer Song"
Adapted by Doug Moreland (2000) - "Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Samuel Adams, Bud Light, Corona, Foster’s, and Heineken, Nor don Blonde, got the girl on the front, If Homer were here he’d be drinking that Duff, Grolsch, and Guinness, and I ain’t finished I’ve drank a lot of beer."
[9] "A presentation of locations that were common to the USAFSECURITY Service. Music provided by Tommy Smart, MSgt -Ret USAFSS. Compiled by Red Barthel MSgt-Ret USAFSS."
"Beers" adapted by Jon Chalmers
"Scaeffer, Shiner, Horlacher, Heffenreffer, Coopers, Kruegers, Kingfisher, Knickerbocker, Fosters, Fullers, Lucky Lager, Silver Thunder, Miller, Paulener, Boulder, Old Peculiar, Rheingold, Michelob, Strohs, Grolsch, Guinness Gold, Yuengling, Carling, Youngs, and Little Kings..."
Wies Willems, singer-songwriter from Vorselaar-Gent, wrote a cover in Dutch, in which he uses different places in Belgium. The song is performed by "The Lost Highwayknights."
Stompin' Tom Connors adds an extra spoken segment ofLOCATIONS in Ontario and a verse forLOCATIONS in the Maritimes. He also substitutes Canadian cities, including Halifax and Montreal, at various points in the other verses. Mike Ford, formerly a member of Moxy Früvous, did an all-Canadian version for his album, Canada Needs You, in 2005. Canadian comedian Rick Moranis has a version called "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere" where he sings about why he won'tLEAVE his easy chair. Canadian comedy duo MacLean & MacLean released a version named "I've Seen Pubic Hair" on their 1981 album MacLean & MacLean Suck Their Way To The Top. The song lists various types of pubic hairs that the singer has seen, including "...great ones, straight ones, on my dinner plate ones, long ones, strong ones, little curly blonde ones, red ones, dead ones, layin' on the head ones". in 2014, the Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons made a commercial featuring the song for its fiftieth anniversary inBUSINESS.[10]
vàlius recorded in 2014 a version of the song in their album "Fam", listing many Catalonia locations. The song is named "Espinàs" as a tribute to Josep Maria Espinàs, a Catalan writer that has travelled "everywhere" by foot. It is also a tribute to Can Piella, a community project for self-management and social transformation since they sing "If you're goin' to Can Piella, with me you can ride".[11]
Czechoslovakia (adapted by Ladislav Vodička)
Já tu zemi znám[12]
Eugene Chadbourne
The US entertainer recorded a version on his 1988 album, also entitled I've Been Everywhere. HeSTARTS with Hank Snow's opening verse and then rattles off city names from all over the world (including BogotaKhartoum and Nairobi), throws in a gentle poke at Neil Young and Farm Aid, and ends with Eugene declaring that there's only one place he hasn't been to--Alcatraz.
Faroe Islands
Used as soundtrack in a commercial for aBROADBAND INTERNET service (Eitt), listing places in the Faroe Islands where the service is available (all). The commercial is often called "Eitt er allastaðni" because of the chorus. Some places mentioned: TjørnuvíkDalurSandurMikladalurFuglafjørður,SkarvanesSandavágurOyriFroðba.
Finland (adapted by Turo's Hevi Gee)
"Oon käyny kaikkialla". The singerCHATS with a train conductor, and gives a list of Finnish places.
Germany (adapted by Jackie Leven)
"I was walking down the Ku'damm in the City of Berlin."COMPLETE with an entire verse of Baden-Baden. Published on the 2007 album "Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me!"
Louisiana "I've Been Everywhere, Cher"
The Cajun band Choupique recorded and performs a version of the song where all the places mentioned are communities in the State of Louisiana.[13]
Pennsylvania (adapted by Earl Pickens)
"I was totin' my pack along the old Conshohocken Road."[14]
Springfield's state (adapted by Tim Long)
The Simpsons episode "Mobile Homer" includes a version of the song listing theFOLLOWING various fictional towns in the series: Springfield, Shelbyville, Ogdenville, Cap City, Ogdenburg, Shelbytown, Spring City, Cap Field, West Springfield, Paris, Rome, and Shelbyville Adjacent.
Texas (adapted By Brian Burns)
I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Amarillo road.
Houston (adapted By Hayes Carll)
I been to Houston, Houston, Houston, Houston....
Scotland (adapted By Charlene McGowan)
I was totin' my pack along a winding Highland Mountain Road
Swear Version (adapted By Dave Shirley)
I've Used Every Swear [15]
World (adapted By Medeski Martin and Wood)
This jazz group made a children-oriented versionTITLED "Let's Go Everywhere", using city names from all over the world.

Use of the song in advertisingEdit

Used the Australian version to advertise its new Next-G 3.5G mobile network in 2006. They also constantly use it in their BigPond WirelessBROADBAND advertisements featuring a family and friends travelling in a blue Volkswagen Kombi around Australia.
Choice Hotels
Used the Johnny Cash version in TV ads aired from 2003 to 2009.

Additionally, 30-second snippets of the song have been created for the followingLOCATIONS:

Former U.S. Rep. John Olver used communities throughout Massachusetts's 1st Congressional District in his bi-annual re-election commercials.
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Dallas-based uses suburbs in the Metroplex area.
KDKA News Radio uses suburbs in the PittsburghREGION, where KDKA covers.
Faroe Islands
EITT The melody with new lyrics is to be used in an advertising campaign for Faroese telecome company EITT.
New BrunswickCanada
2007 TV Ad for Enbridge Natural Gas withPROVINCIAL town & street names added. Seen often on CBC during hockey games.
SaskTel, the government-owned telecom in Saskatchewan, has a long-running television commercial that adapts the song to "I Go Everywhere," listing off small towns in the province where SaskTel Mobility coverage is available. The towns named are: Warman, Watson, Maidstone, Radisson, Fox Valley, Unity, Southey, Davidson, Meath Park, Lucky Lake, Candle Lake, Neilburg, Outlook, Shellbrook, Aberdeen, Strasbourg, Cut Knife, Springside, Indian Head, Lemburg, Elrose, Melville, and Biggar.
The Sports Network (Canada)
in 2010 used a version of the song that listed all the cities and regions in the National Hockey League to promote its coverage of trade deadline day.
Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office 

In 2010, used a version of the song in a television public service announcement claiming that law enforcement officers would be "everywhere" looking for impaired (drunk)DRIVERS.

Other usesEdit

The song was used in the title sequence of the 2004 film Flight of the Phoenix.

Kris Kristofferson also did an abbreviated version in the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid during his escape scene.

In October 2003 the publisher Rightsong Music BMIGRANTED permission to Frank Loconto to write new lyrics and title for the 2004 presidential campaign of Bob Graham FL. Title: "I've Done Every Job. Man" commemorating the more than 300 'workdays' performed by Graham during his 30 plus years of public service to the people of Florida. The song recorded by Frank Loconto FXL Records was included in a promotional CD "Bob Graham Charisma Album 2004".

In 2005, the song was used in The Simpsons' episode Mobile Homer when Homer sang part of a verse to fellow RV owners in his yard.

Australian Peter Harris commenced visited all the locations in the Australian version of "I've Been Everywhere" between December 2009 and July 2011. A record of his trip isLOCATED here.[16]

In 2010, the Swedish band Movits! used theTRACK for one of the episodes of their US tour movie, First We Take Manhattan.[17]

In 2011, Rihanna used the refrain "I've been everywhere, man", and the melody from the original song, in her hit "Where Have You Been".[18]

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