Friday, 12 August 2011

I've Been EveryWhere - Australian country song

I've Been Everywhere - this is a typical Australian country song which I find very funny as the singer mentions hundreds of names of towns in such a rapid way you can hardly understand them.

It was written by Geoff Mack in 1959 and originally recorded and made popular by singer Lucky Starr in 1962.
He later wrote an American version with American cities replacing the originals.
It became a Nr.1 hit in the USA Country Music in November 1962 when Hank Snow recorded it.
It's also been recorded by Johnny Cash (1996), Willie Nelson, The Statler Brothers, and others and used in numerous commercials.

Lucky Starr - I've Been EveryWhere -- Get your lips around this song!


Well, I was humpin' my bluey on the dusty Oodnadatta road,
When along came a semi with a high and canvas-covered load.
(Spoken) "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 travelled ev'ry road in this here land."

Cos I've been everywhere, man,
I've been everywhere, man.
'Cross the deserts bare, man;
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been ev'rywhere.

Been to:
Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba,
Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah,
Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla,
Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla,
Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla,
Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla,
I'm a killer.

(Spoken) "Yeah but listen here, mate, have you been to..."

I've been to Moree, Taree, Jerilderie, Bambaroo,
Toowoomba, Gunnedah, Caringbah, Woolloomooloo,
Dalveen, Tamborine, Engadine, Jindabyne,
Lithgow, Casino, Brigalow and Narromine,
Megalong, Wyong, Tuggerawong, Wangarella,
Morella, Augathella, Brindabella, I'm the feller.

(Spoken) "Yeah, I know that, but have you been to..."

I've been to Wollongong, Geelong, Kurrajong, Mullumbimby,
Mittagong, Molong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi,
Yarra Yarra, Boroondara, Wallangarra, Turramurra,
Boggabri, Gundagai, Narrabri, Tibooburra,
Gulgong, Adelong, Billabong, Cabramatta,
Parramatta, Wangaratta*, Coolangatta, what's it matter?

(Spoken) "Yeah, look that's fine, but how about..."

I've been to Ettalong, Dandenong, Woodenbong, Ballarat,
Canberra, Milperra, Unanderra, Captain's Flat,
Cloncurry, River Murray, Kurri Kurri, Girraween,
Terrigal, Fingal, Stockinbingal, Collaroy and Narrabeen,
Bendigo, Dorrigo, Bangalow, Indooroopilly,
Kirribilli, Yeerongpilly, Wollondilly, don't be silly.

I've been here, there, ev'rywhere, I've been ev'rywhere.

(Spoken) "Okay, mate, you've been ev'ry place except one, and ya don't need my help t'get there."
(Sound of door slamming and truck driving off.)


  1. Thanks Maggie May, it is a pretty funny song,it always brings a smile to my face when I hear it on the radio!

  2. Oh, I remember this post! Although I've heard this song so many times I'd never looked at the lyrics and it is hilariously impressive to see all those town names in there. Love it!
    Thanks for taking part in Not A Ballerina's Weekend Wanderings!

  3. Thanks Amanda, amazing how he can just say them in such quick succession...

  4. HAha, hilarious song! I remember it as a child - but haven't heard it in YEARS!! As an avid Aussie traveller, I've been to a lot of the places in the song already - there's a few more to go, so watch this space!!

  5. Lucky you Red Nomad, I don´t think I´ve heard of most of those places he sings about, but then I´m a recent immigrant to Australia. Thanks for visiting, I´ll pop over to your blog too.


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