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GUEST,GaryD 25 Jul 02 - 05:24 PM
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Subject: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,GaryD
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 05:24 PM

Anybody know lyrics for this


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 05:29 PM

cowpie is the best place to look for country lyrics. And here is a link to the words there.

I once heard a version of this in which the singer had replaced all the American names with places like Barnsley and Tooting. I fell about But no doubt to an American they'd seem just as exotic and strange as Hank Snow's list does to us.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 05:31 PM

You go to that COWPIE link I gave, and then look under S, for Hank Snow, and there's the link to the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 08:17 PM

FWIW DEPT:

I heard Hank Snow explain on a live broadcast one time how the song was written by Australian Geoff Mack and was 'pitched' to Hank. The original version had all Australian towns & cities.

Hank liked the tune but surmised that an American audience would probably not 'Cotton' too much to a song with Australian town & city names in it and and requested that Mack substitute American Towns & Cities.

Geoff Mack gets my vote for his outstanding writing & re-writing effort and 'Ditto' for Hank Snow on the recitation...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 25 Jul 02 - 10:12 PM

No, here is where you'll find both sets of words:

I've Been Everywhere
Aussie I've Been Everywhere


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: open mike
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 12:25 AM

have you heard foxfire's version which goes: I've had ever beer.. andgoes on to name breweries until you're dizzy....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 01:02 AM

Now if someone will just come up with the words to Dave Dudley's Truckin' Song - There Ain't No Easy Run...

I drove for Roadway, Interstate, etc...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 01:30 AM

Well, it sounds like McGrath has another version yet. Anyone have it? I expect that somewhere out there some Czech bluegrass group has yet another version, localized to suit them!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE AIN'T NO EASY RUN (Dave Dudley)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 03:12 AM

Gene, it waseasy to find:

Found at Dave Dudley
THERE AIN'T NO EASY RUN
 
By Dave Dudley
 
I was sittin' in the terminal waitin' for my load
When a greenhorn driver came in off of the road
I heard him tell that foreman get my little pink slip
This run's too tough and I'm gonna quit
Now the foreman that day happened to be old Joe man he was older than time
He said son how long you been drivin' this rig
You know I drove all shapes forms fashions and kinds
And here you are worried about this one little trip
Why I drove a million miles and then some
He looked that greenhorn right in the eye and he said boy there ain't no easy run
 
I drove for Roadway Interstate Hopewell Great Lakes
Walford Mac and Time Mayflower and Freight Line
Specter Yellow Transit Western and Gillete Redball Rider North Western Big Seattle
Beaver Bell Hoover McLeans Gateway Motor Freight Transport Pikes
Dixie Ohio Trans American South East Tex Mason Dixon Watkin and Transcon
Wilson Associate got all that drivin' done and I'll tell you boy there ain't no easy runs
 
Now if you got a gal in Texas they'll send you up to Maine
If you got a gal in New York they'll send you out to the plains
I know what your problem is you got woman trouble son
Well like I said there ain't no easy run
 
I drove for Navajo Rate Goose DC North American Allied Baltimore Freight
New Mac Curtis Eastern and NX Garrett Hayes Federal and ETM
And Neptun Herron Brinks and Sea Lab First Dudley Dorsey Bekins and Billingham
Cooper Detroit Jones American too Nightway and Central Standard and Boston Sue
And United and Buckingham got all that drivin' done
And I'll tell you boy there ain't no easy run
 
I went backward foreward uphill downhill chills spills thrills and pills
How bout Atlas and Kramer Alabama Highway Express Murphy, ....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 08:48 AM

"I've Been Everywhere" sung by Hank Snow can be heard at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites (Click on "Real Country Page 4").

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 26 Jul 02 - 10:10 AM

Tnx George


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,retsyboss
Date: 29 Jul 03 - 09:32 PM

Anybody actually have the lyrics to foxfire's version:
I've had every beer.. and goes on to name breweries until you're dizzy....

Thanks
RetsyBoss


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 29 Jul 03 - 11:41 PM

A little more information about FoxFire PLEASE country, era, label, album, etc.....

The lyrics you request are something I would GLADLY search for:

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Sorcha
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 12:02 AM

Google doesn't recognize it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 12:39 AM

Neither does Copernic, and it usually digs up a few that Google does not find.

There is a version I've Been Everywhere (In Texas) by Brian Burns, and I have heard one by George Fox that is different in the intro, and of course, Stompin' Tom gives it his original stamp as well, giving it a Canadian flavor.

I'll try to look those up over the next few days, but won't feel the least bit hurt if someone beats me to 'em.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE (IN TEXAS)
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 12:53 AM

Well, I CAN copy and paste. It sure would have taken me a LONG time to even get close.
Found Here

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE (IN TEXAS)
(Brian Burns).
original "I've Been Everywhere" written by Geoff Mack.
Texas version is an adaptation by Brian Burns.
(© Rightsong Music Inc.)
From "The Eagle & The Snake: Songs Of The Texians", c 2001, Bandera Records.

I was totin' my pack along the dusty Amarillo road,
When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load.
He said: "If you're goin' to Amarillo, Mac, I'll give you a ride."
So I climbed up into the cab and then I settled down inside.
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand,
An' I said: "Listen, bud, I've traveled every road in this here land."

      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've crossed the deserts bare, man,
      Breathed the mountain air, man.
      Of travel I've had my share, man:
      I've been everywhere.

I've been to Waco, Hico, Hondo, Navasota,
Winnsboro, Jacksboro, Hillsboro, Santa Rosa.
Austin, Houston, Galveston, Texarkana,
Frisco, Buffalo, Conroe, Corsicana.
Goliad, Groesbeck, Glen Rose, Red Oak,
Post Oak, Live Oak, Lone Oak, no joke.

      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've crossed the deserts bare, man,
      Breathed the mountain air, man.
      Wind blowin' in my hair, man:
      I've been everywhere.

I've been to Krugerville, Pflugerville, Van Horn, Val Verde,
Brackettville, Bartonville, Beeville, Bulverde.
Bear Creek, Cedar Creek, Mill Creek, Mineola,
Maypearl, Monahans, Telephone, Tuscola.
Redwater, Round Rock, Round Top, Round Lake,
Sour Lake, Southlake, Springlake, for Pete's sake.

      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've crossed the deserts bare, man,
      Breathed the mountain air, man.
      Drove my tyres bare, man:
      I've been everywhere.

I've been to Greenville, Gatesville, Gainesville, Alameda,
Kerrville, Kellyville, Bastrop, Benavides.
Somerville, Smithville, Stephenville, Prairie View,
Luckenbach, Longview, Plainview, Idalou.
Justin, Junction, Panorama, Pasadena,
Angelina, and Lorena...see what I mean-a,

      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've been everywhere, man.
      Crossed the deserts bare, man,
      Breathed the mountain air, man,
      Lottsa wear n' tear, man:
      Well, I've been everywhere.

Now let me see,
I've been to Valley Mills, Pine Mills, Dime Box, Duncanville,
New Home, New Hope, New Deal, Liberty Hill.
Rockport, Rock Creek, Bridgeport, Brownwood,
Cleburne, Comanche, Cut & Shoot, Cottonwood.
Bayview, Bayside, Baytown, Bay City,
Falls City, Center City, Bridge City, what a pity.

      I've been everywhere, man.
      I've been everywhere, man.
      Crossed the deserts bare, man,
      Breathed the mountain air, man.
      Travel, I've had my share, man:
      Well, I've been everywhere.

Yeah, when it comes to travelin' Texas, friends,
I've been everywhere, hey.

Instrumental fade out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: open mike
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 01:21 AM

foxfire is (WAS) a bluegrass band from oregon.
i think sarah elizabeth cambpell and "Fiddle Stix"
also did the "i've had every beer" song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 02:02 AM

Ther's a Kiwi version here, words by John Grenell, who changed his surname from Hore (he was sick of being "the famous Naseby Whore). Have fun with the pronunciation of the Maori place names. Use Expedia if you want to trace his route and improve your New Zealand geography.

Kia ora - Sam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 02:22 AM

So we've got:

*The original, Australia
*New Zealand
*United States
*Texas (pretty much a country to itself ~~ ask most any Texan)

Then there are the known versions we don't yet have the lyrics for:
Canada (this one is a partial, as it starts out like the U.S. version)
Would the version McGrath of Harlow mentions be from England?

And of course, the beer version. I would think that would have to go in the parody column.

I'm still waiting for the Czech version.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE IN ALASKA
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 03:49 AM

I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE IN ALASKA
Original Song by Geoff Mack (I've Been Everywhere)
Bethel lyrics by Michael Faubion

I got my snow machine stuck out on that windy Atmautluak trail.
When along came a musher, pulled me out and a saved my tail.
He said, "If you're going to Atmautluak man, with me you can ride."
So I climbed into the sled and I hunkered down inside.
I said, "Have you ever seen a trail with so much ice and snow?"
and he said, "Listen, Bud, I've been everywhere in this state there is to go."

He said--

I been everywhere, man,
In Alaska I been there, man,
Across the tundra bare, man,
I even seen a grizzly bear, man,
I been everywhere!

I been to Juneau, Prudhoe, Yukon, Barrow,
Minto, King Cove, Kobuk, Koyuk,
Cordova, Seldovia, Sleetmute, Nightmute,
Paimute, Ohogomuit, Nogomuit, what a hoot--

Togiak, Kodiak, Akiak, Aniak,
Nushagak, Chevak, Naknek, Yakutat,
Noatak, Nyac, Napaskiak, Napakiak,
Adak, Unimak, Snack Shack, Hell and back--

Nenana, Tanana, Tanacross, Holy Cross,
Quinhagak, Kanatok, Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay,
Hydaburg, Petersburg, Petersville, Placerville,
Farewell, Cantwell, oh well, what the hell--

Sheldon's Point, Dall Point, Pitka's Point, Pilot Point,
Point Spencer, Copper Center, Point Hope, Point Lay,
Sand Point, Icy Cape, Big Lake, Tanakee,
Kake, Mcgrath, Wasilla, Willow, what a killer--

Noorvik, Anvik, Selawik, Kotlik,
Sitka, Chitna, Chickaloon, Chicken,
Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Nunapitchuk, Alakanuk,
Koyukuk, Holikachuk, Chuathbaluk, just my luck--

Lime Village, Mountain Village, Arctic Village, Stevens Village,
North Pole, North Way, Skagway, Glacier Bay,
Kalskag, Kaltag, Shageluk, Shaktoolik,
Moose Pass, Rainy Pass, False Pass, Anaktuvik Pass--

I been to Anchorage, Dillingham, Anchorage, Bethel,
Anchorage, Nome, Anchorage, Fairbanks,
Anchorage, Palmer, Anchorage, Seward,
Anchorage, Homer, Anchorage...Anchorage...Anchorage--

Old Harbor, Dutch Harbor, Hog River, Stony River,
Eagle River, Salmon River, Crooked Creek, Cripple Creek,
Flume Creek, Heinie Creek, Kong and Eek, Unalakleet,
Savoonga, Matanuska, Unalaska, Alyeska--

Gambell, Wrangell, Wainwright, Rampart,
Venitie, Valdez, Diomede, Deadhorse,
Skewntna, Shishmaref, Pribiloff, Chichigof,
Kwigillingok, Kotzebue, Iditarod, OH MY GOD--

Angoon, Hoonah, Newhalen, Russian Mission,
Kipnuk, Kilamak, Chugiak, Nushigak,
Tuluksak, Kanakanak, Nunivak, Katchemak,
Susitna, Chulitna, Holitna, Hoholitna--

Saint Michael, Saint George, Saint Paul, Saint Mary's,
Andreafski, Oozinki, Mount Mckinley (Or Denali),
Emmonak, Chefornak, Nicholai, Kenai,
Pelican, Mekoryuk, Egegik, Aleknagik--

I Been everywhere, man,
In Alaska I been there, man,
Across the tundra bare, man,
I even seen a grizzly bear, man,
I been everywhere!

Found Here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 03:56 AM

As mentioned by McGrath, I remember hearing a British version, done by Rolf Harris on TV, All I remember of the lyrics is that he finished with:
"I been to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwillllantysiliogogogoch (deep breath) yeah I've been everywhere!"

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Jul 03 - 02:54 PM

Rolf Harris had his version, using British and Welsh towns, on his "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" album (that's not the title of the album, I think tho that it was his first) back in the '60s.

Wish I could find my copy of that album....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 10 Feb 04 - 04:30 PM

Can you imagine rewriting the song to fit your particular locality?? Man oh man -

I'm going to try and learn it again - groan - - -


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Gareth
Date: 10 Feb 04 - 07:04 PM

Mmmm ! A Welsh Version - Me mind boggles !

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Lighter
Date: 10 Feb 04 - 07:09 PM

There's also a USAF version from the Vietnam War. Source escapes me at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Norton1
Date: 11 Feb 04 - 02:48 PM

If you find the USAF version I'd love to have it -

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: Lighter
Date: 15 Feb 04 - 04:46 PM

From C. W. "Bill" Getz's "The Wild Blue Yonder" (San Mateo, CA: Redwood Press, 1981):

    Well, I took off from Ubon in a thick and heavy driving rain,
    I toted my bombs up to green anchor tanker plane.
    I had a brand new AC riding in the front seat,
    A guy with six months RTU, before that a "Tweet".
    He asked me if my counters numbered much more than ten.
    I said, "Listen, Mac, there ain't no place up there I ain't been."


CHORUS (repeat after each verse):

    I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere.
    I've crossed the mountains bare, man,
    I've seen the flak-filled air.
    Of SAMs I've had my share, man,
    I've been everywhere.


    Hanoi, Haiphong, Phuc Yen, Yen Bai,
    Longson, Hoa Lac, Phu Tho, Son Tay,
    Mao Binh, Nam Dinh, Tai Binh, Bac Ninh,
    Thai Nguyen, Gia Lam, Wiet Tri, Do Son,
    Thud Ridge, MiG Ridge, Northeast Railroad,
    Bac Mai, Ninh Grang, Bac Giange, Poo-Yang.


    Sam Neue, Nan Ban, Ban Quang, Son La,
    Bat Lake, Dong Hoi, Quang Khe, Thanh Hoa,
    Red Route, Black Route, Blue Route, Purple Route,
    Channel 97 and the Red and Black River Valley,
    Landslide, Waterside, Down the slide, Dang my hide,
    In town, Crosstown, Uptown, Downtown.



Some of the place names look to me to be misspelled, but I haven't had time to check them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 Feb 04 - 11:36 PM

What a wonderful collection!! Well done!

Still no posting for Foxfire's BEER variation.

Next time I'm fiddlin round with 99 still on wall......perhaps, we can create our own version.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Iain
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 03:36 PM

I would also like to know the lyrics to the Rolf Harris version. To listen to the song, visit http://www.rolfharrisjukebox.com/
Could anyone translate from this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: open mike
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 05:34 PM

http://www.foxfirebluegrass.com/
this band is from new mexico and
is NOT the band from Southern OR
who did that song...Ashland, perhaps.
I think one of their members met an
untimely end in a traffic collision
and they have not been heard from
much since. i have sent a message to
http://www.cripplecreekmusic.com/index.htm
inquiring about that band and that song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Paranoid Android
Date: 01 Mar 05 - 09:59 PM

http://www.onlylyrics.com/read.php?id=27552


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: GUEST,Mr Happy
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 08:26 PM

B'lieve the late great Lonnie Donnegan had aversion too, anybody know it?


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Subject: RE: Hey, I actually have been...
From: GUEST,Minerva
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 09:00 AM

... everywhere; George, that's "Winnemucca", not "Winnemucka".

Thanks, however, for posting the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've been everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 01:37 AM

GUEST,Iain - Date: 01 Mar 05 - 03:36

the Rolf Harris version referred to above semms to be basically the British Towns one - but he does go partly into another one which seems to be a start of 'the Scottish one' - but sounded rather Welsh to me...

If you can get an index of British Towns, that might help...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,Iain
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 02:46 PM

Cheers for the tips. Unfortunately, most of the places are hard to make out though, so a map isn't that much help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 07:43 PM

Like the original Aussie one with all the aboriginal place names, if you don't already know most of the names, the song tends to lose a litle of its charm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Mar 05 - 09:54 PM

If you go to this page: http://www.rolfharrisjukebox.com/everywhere.html, you will see a crude animation of Rolf Harris, and hear his recording of I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE which uses mainly British place names (but I think I hear at least one Irish one). (The joke in verse 4 is that the names are Welsh, although he calls them Scottish.) I've got a good chunk of it transcribed, but many names still elude me. Here goes:

[Slow tempo at first:]
Well, I've been ev'rywhere.

I was drivin' my minimotor way down by the sea
When a scruffy-lookin' hitchhiker thumbed a lift from me.
I said, "Hop up inside, boy. Where you plan to go from there?"
He says, "I don't give a continental, castle boy (?), 'cause I've been ev'rywhere."

[Speeding up:]
One, two, one two three four.

CHORUS: I've been ev'rywhere, man.
I've been ev'rywhere, man.
Never a trouble or care, man.
I've never paid me fare, man,
And of travel I've had me share, man.
I've been ev'rywhere.

1. Been to Bradford, Guildford, Dartford, Littlehampton,
Bedford, ...ford, Hereford, Wolverhampton,
Shrewsbury, Canterbury, Asbury, Liverpool,
..., ..., ..., ...,
Whitehall, Bramhall, ..., ...,
Newport, Southport, ...port, ...port. CHORUS

2. Been to Farnborough, Edinburgh, Peterborough, ...,
..., Loughborough, Scarborough, ...,
..., ..., ..., l...,
..., ..., ..., Tipperary
Hempstead, Wanstead, ...stead, Woodstock,
B..., ..., ..., ...ock. CHORUS

SPOKEN: Change here.

3. Been to Weymouth, Yarmouth, Bournemouth, Huddersfield,
Lewisham, Faversham, Portesham, Sheffield,
E..., ..., Southend, ...head,
Birmingham, Nottingham, D...ham, Holyhead,
Cambridge, Tonbridge, Knightsbridge, ...,
Edgware, ...ware, Carstairs, who cares? CHORUS

4. SLOWLY, HESITATINGLY: I've been—to—hey, this is difficult!—I've been to—
Llandudno—Llanelli—...—...—...
SPOKEN: No, it's no use. I'll never get those Scottish place names in a million years. Let's get back to the English version.

5. BACK TO FAST TEMPO: I've been to Westminster, Southminster, Kidderminster, ...,
Eastbourne, ...bourne, ..., Paddington,
Bolton, Paignton, Stockton, Inverness,
R...wick, ...wick, Chiswick, Dungeness
Mansfield, Sheffield, Enfield, ...,
..., ..., ..., .... CHORUS

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

* * *
p.s. I wish I could figure out how to play the audio file directly using RealPlayer (or Media Player, or Winamp) because that would give me the ability to stop the song anywhere and replay just the parts that are difficult to understand, but as it is, all I can do is hear the entire song, from beginning to end, over and over. Any ideas?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 04:49 AM

I have a free standalone Flash Player - with a plugin for IE - stop pause start etc buttons.

You can use the plugin to save the .swf file to your HD from the page you have gone to. Seems to not be happy with SWF version 10 files - but seems to like all others. The swf files then work like any other media file - move, copy, etc.

SWF Opener
from
www.unhsolutions.net

If anyone knows of any other such beasties, please tell me.

Robin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Inukshuk
Date: 18 Mar 05 - 10:00 AM

Maclean and Maclean have a wicked version entitled "I've Seen Pubic Hair, Man" I have hunted dilligently for the words but have not been able to locate them on the Net. If you have them please post.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,KateinFLA
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 08:22 PM

I have this CD on order. Its an oldie and a goodie. When I get it I will post to this board with the lyrics. I remember a lot of them but can't be guaranteed after all these years! :)

He said, "Whats that pubic hair thats a lying on your bun? I said I didn't see is lying there, are you sure its really one? .... I've been all 'round this country and I know pubic hair..."

"Well, I've seen pubic hair man, I've seen pubic hair man...sticking out here and there man, I've seen pubic hair! I've seen long ones, short ones, little curly blonde ones, fat ones, skinny ones, sticking from your d*** ones...I've seen pubic hair!!!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: susu
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 11:28 PM

yeah that Texas version looks easy, but let me tell you it took me two whole days to learn it by heart and be able to sing it! My best friend and I sing at a place called Cross Timbers Opry in Stephenville, Texas and we would always giggle when we got to that part, but we are over that now. But actually, I think the other versions would be impossible for me to learn, as I had already heard of almost all the Texas towns before. Also in the 3 chorus it is tires (naturally) not tyres. But at least the cities are right as I have found on several sites where they put Bartlesville (Oklahoma, not Texas) instead if Bartonville "and I've been to" should have been Beinevides and Anareina was mistaken for and Lorena, and also they left out Junction and put in Joshua, but oh well at least Dale got the right set. Susu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: NH Dave
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 12:55 AM

Well, there's this version from www.martinek.us/humor/songs.html.

Those Vietnamese locations look like the way the Incountry group sing the song. Vietnamese is a phonetic language anyway.

Dave

Pubic Hair Song

I was having me a burger in a dirty greasy-spoon cafe.
I was eatin' it with relish when the man beside me turned to say,
"What's that pubic hair doin' layin' in your bun?"
I said,"I never saw it sittin' there, are you sure it's really one?"
He stood up on the table, and said,"Now looky here,
"I've traveled all over this country, and I know pubic hair."

(CHORUS):

"I've seen pubic hair, man. I've never liked 'em there, man.
I've even got my share, man, beneath my underwear, man.
Stickin' out here and there, man. I've seen pubic hair.

"I've seen great ones, straight ones, always-on-your-plate ones,
Long ones, strong ones, little curly blonde ones,
Red ones, dead ones, layin'-on-the-head ones,
Black ones, brown ones, little ducky-down ones,
Short ones, thick ones, growin'-from-your-dick ones,
Grown ones, shown ones, lone ones, chrome ones.

(CHORUS)

"I've seen bushy ones, cushy ones, up-against-your-pussy ones,
Saved ones, shaved ones, floatin'-in-your-gravy ones,
Dirty ones, flirty ones, fluffin'-up-the-birdy ones,
Neat ones, sweet ones, on-the-toilet-seat ones,
Hipper ones, gripper ones, catch-'em-in-the-zipper ones,
Grown ones, shown ones, lone ones, phony ones

(CHORUS)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: susu
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 05:02 AM

Okay KateinFLA and Dave, THAT'S JUST WRONG! but I will pass this on to DeAnna (the other half of the HArmonic Balancers) just to gross her out too, after all, why should I have all the fun? Susu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 01:09 PM

Jim Dixon:
A good start, I've been listening as well, and can add/correct some.
Others please feel free to correct me in turn!

[Slow tempo at first:]
Well, I've been ev'rywhere.

I was drivin' my minimotor way down by the sea
When a scruffy-lookin' hitchhiker thumbed a lift from me.
I said, "Hop up inside, boy. Where you plan to go from there?"
He says, "I don't give a continental, castle boy (?), 'cause I've been ev'rywhere."

[Speeding up:]
One, two, one two three four.

CHORUS: I've been ev'rywhere, man.
I've been ev'rywhere, man.
Never a trouble or care, man.
I've never paid me fare, man,
And of travel I've had me share, man.
I've been ev'rywhere.

1. Been to Bradford, Guildford, Dartford, Littlehampton,
Bedford, Chingford, Hereford, Wolverhampton,
Shrewsbury, Canterbury, Aylesbury, Liverpool,
Scunthorpe, Sandthorpe??,Mablethorpe, Hartlepool
Whitehall, Bramhall, Mildenhall, Davenport
Newport, Southport, Stockport, "Hi Sport!". CHORUS

2. Been to Farnborough, Edinburgh, Peterborough, Petersham,
Middlesborough, Loughborough, Scarborough, Walthamstow,
..., ..., ..., l...,
..., ..., Hounslow, Tipperary
Hempstead, Wanstead, ...stead, Woodstock,
B..., ..., ..., "Watcha Cock!". CHORUS

SPOKEN: Change Gear. (sound effect of manual gear change)

3. Been to Weymouth, Yarmouth, Bournemouth, Huddersfield,
Lewisham, Faversham, Portesham, Sheffield,
Land's End, Mile End, Southend, Birkenhead,
Birmingham, Nottingham, Gillingham, Holyhead,
Cambridge, Tonbridge, Knightsbridge, ...,
Edgware, Brockweir, Carstairs, "Who cares?" CHORUS

4. SLOWLY, HESITATINGLY: I've been—to—hey, this is difficult!—I've been to—
Llandudno, Llanelli, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll. . . (fails before completing this place name!)
SPOKEN: No, it's no use. I'll never get those Scottish place names in a million years. Let's get back to the English version.

5. BACK TO FAST TEMPO: I've been to Westminster, Southminster, Kidderminster, Accrington,
Eastbourne, Southbourne, Sittingbourne, Paddington,
Bolton, Paignton, Stockton, Inverness,
Renwick, Brunswick, Chiswick, Dungeness
Mansfield, Sheffield, Enfield, ...,
..., ..., ..., .... CHORUS

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

It appears that each verse ends with a comment, "Hi Sport", "Watcha Cock", "Who Cares", which may confuse those only looking for place names

CHEERS

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 03:25 PM

Bravo, Nigel, and thanks! You've added about 20 missing names to the text. (We need more help!) However, I've checked your names in The Ordnance Survey's gazetteer and I've found no such places in the UK as Sandthorpe or Middlesborough.

Should Middlesborough be Middlesbrough?
Should Sandthorpe be Stanthorpe?

I've never noticed the expression "whatcha cock" before, but I was amused to find it at several places on the Internet, for example The Skinhead Hamlet (which I find hilarious).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: rich-joy
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 06:45 PM

I saw the author of the original "I've Been Everywhere", Geoff Mack, last night on ABC-TV here in Oz, where they are re-running the very interesting history of Oz pop music show "Love Is In the Air". Last night's episode featured our apparent Australian love affair with The Novelty Song!!!

It seems that in December 1961, Geoff and wife Tabby, were performing in a Kings Cross nightclub of dubious repute. The travelling tent variety shows where they had successfully made a living for years, had been killed off by the advent of television in Australia.
He had written this song as an opener, I think, and didn't think too highly of it - but in walked LUCKY STARR, who asked for the song - and as that other excellent Oz song says "From Little Things, Big Things Grow" ... but apparently, the song has successfully funded their retirement at least!!!

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,tonez
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 06:47 PM

I CANT FIND THE AUSTRALIAN VERSION OF THE SONG ANYWHERE!!!...ive got a solo performance at school and all though ive done a few already i was hoping to make this one a bit different by playing a classic aussie song....if anyone has the lyrics it would be great thanx...just email me at trojantony_69@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: rich-joy
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 06:51 PM

you have to keep following the links in the thread above - they are there!

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 03:40 AM

Yes rich-joy

and they played the 'Wooloongong' version.

I've been everywhere, man
etc
I've been to Wooloongong, Wooloongong, Wooloongong.
Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong Wooloongong

etc...

:-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 08:48 AM

Jim:
Middlesbrough, has been mentioned on a TV show recently pointing out that sign painters in the towm itself cannot agree on the spelling.
Sandthorpe, your version is probably correct, I did indicate uncertainty with the question marks

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Seen Pubic Hair
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 08:31 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jan 07 - 07:29 PM

After much pausing and slowing down of the Rolf Harris track, I believe this to be the completed version. All place names exist with the exception of "Bell Rock" although there is a Bell Rock House in Fife. I'm sure that's what he sings though...

Well, I've been ev'rywhere.

I was drivin' my minimotor way down by the sea
When a scruffy-lookin' hitchhiker thumbed a lift from me.
I said, "Hop up inside, boy. Where you plan to go from there?"
He says, "I don't give a continental cuddle boy, 'cause I've been ev'rywhere."

[Speeding up:]
One, two, one two three four.

CHORUS: I've been ev'rywhere, man.
I've been ev'rywhere, man.
Never a trouble or care, man.
I've never paid me fare, man,
And of travel I've had me share, man.
I've been ev'rywhere.

Been to Bradford, Guildford, Doxford, Littlehampton,
Bedford, Chingford, Hereford, Wolverhampton,
Shrewsbury, Canterbury, Aylesbury, Liverpool,
Scunthorpe, Sandthorpe, Mablethorpe, Hartlepool
Whitehall, Bramhall, Mildenhall, Davenport
Newport, Southport, Stockport, "Hi Sport!". CHORUS

2. Been to Farnborough, Edinburgh, Peterborough, Felixstowe,
Middlesborough, Loughborough, Scarborough, Walthamstow,
Blackburn, Lisburn, Bannockburn, Londonderry,
Wicklow, Glasgow, Hounslow, Tipperary
Hempstead, Wanstead, Banstead, Woodstock,
Bass Rock, Bell Rock, Tilbury Dock, "Watcha Cock!". CHORUS

SPOKEN: Change Gear. (sound effect of manual gear change)

3. Been to Weymouth, Yarmouth, Bournemouth, Huddersfield,
Lewisham, Faversham, Petersham, Chesterfield,
Land's End, Mile End, Southend, Birkenhead,
Birmingham, Nottingham, Gillingham, Holyhead,
Cambridge, Tonbridge, Knightsbridge, Broadstairs,
Edgware, Ross Wear, Carstairs, "Who cares?" CHORUS

4. SLOWLY, HESITATINGLY: I've been—to—hey, this is difficult!—I've been to—
Llandudno, Llanelli, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll. . . (fails before completing this place name!)
SPOKEN: No, it's no use. I'll never get those Scottish place names in a million years. Let's get back to the English version.

5. BACK TO FAST TEMPO: I've beean to Westminster, Southminster, Kidderminster, Accrington,
Eastbourne, Southbourne, Sittingbourne, Paddington,
Bolton, Paignton, Stockton, Inverness,
Renwick, Brunswick, Chiswick, Dungeness
Mansfield, Sheffield, Enfield, Newcross,
Kingscross, Charring Cross, Banbury Cross, Deadloss

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


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 07 - 11:20 PM

Guest, whoever you are, thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,Tippersnapper
Date: 06 Aug 07 - 06:07 PM

With respect to all of this tomfoolery, I finally found a terrific parody of "I've been everywhere, man" which is titled "the Beer song." It is by a man named Doug Moreland and is on his own web site, for sale on Amazon and Ipod tunes, etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Darowyn
Date: 06 Aug 07 - 06:39 PM

Bell Rock is a lighthouse. I think Bass Rock is too.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Uke
Date: 06 Aug 07 - 06:53 PM

I've got an EP of Lucky Starr at home which has four versions of this song on it (Aussie, NZ, British and America). Pretty old I think - early 60s - probably trying to cash in on four markets at the same time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,whatsittoya
Date: 31 Aug 08 - 05:31 PM

I have another British version, by the Mudlarks (an early 60s vocal group). Once again, I can't understand all the lyrics, but they're quite different to Rolf's, and there are some places I've never heard of, but here's my best shot :

I was humping my guitar on a way to play a dance hall date
When along came a lorry, and the driver shouted "Watcha, mate
I've gone crazy 'bout pop music, man, so come on inside
You can play that hit parade and serenade me as we ride"
He asked me if I'd lost my way, and where was all the band
I said you get around, man, when you're on a one night stand

'Cos I been everywhere, man, I been everywhere, man
Never paid my fare, man
All that wear and tear, man
Of travel I've had my share, man
I been everywhere

I've been to Esmond, Redmond, Clarkspare, Malden
Sittingbourne, ----, ----, Oldham
Bolton, Folton, Subalton, Highgate
Boreham, Shoreham, Blandford Forum, Reigate
Manston, Fanston, Wincanton, Isles of Scilly
Spalding, Yalding, Piccadilly, I've been silly

CHORUS

Well what about goin' to ....
I've been to Breekin, Reekin, Clampton, Northamberly
Northampton, Grampton, Wolverhampton, Camberley
----, ----, ----, Hexham
Nottingham, Droitwich, Ipswich, Wrexham
Colchester, Leicester, Chester, Merton
Aldeborough, Marlborough, Burton, (I've been there!)

CHORUS

Have you ever been to ....
I've been to Brockley, Ockley, Hockley, Llanelli
Henley, Frenley, Franley, ----
Guildford, Ilford, New Milford, Inverary
Leith, Neath, Haywards Heath, Tipperary
Seaton, Heaton, Nuneaton, Bookham
Stratford, Catford, Cookham, that shook 'em

CHORUS

Um ....
I've been to Braunton, Taunton, Saunton, Mulligan
Lister, ----, Cirencester, Hull again
Crawley, Horley, Fawley, Billingham
Dawlston, Haulston, Kingston, Gillingham
Bury, Londonderry, Broadberry, Ickenham
Barrow, Harrow, Twickenham, I'm sick of 'em

I been here, there, everywhere
I been everywhere


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 01 Sep 08 - 02:34 AM

The major Telecommunication network in Australia - Telstra - uses this song as the basis of a series of ads regarding Wireless broadband.

Also, I have recently heard a news item that a guy was inspired by the song to travel around Australia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: open mike
Date: 02 Sep 08 - 12:22 AM

Fiddlestix Beer Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku3srV4bCPw
the cameraman may have had a few too many...

Doug Moreland's Beer Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh4zvpS4tqk


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BEER SONG (Doug Morland)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 08:24 AM

[This transcription omits some of the spoken "patter" between verses that occurs in the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh4zvpS4tqk. Copied from http://www.dougmoreland.com/songpage-beer.htm:]

THE BEER SONG
Doug Moreland

I met this old man sitting here in this bar.
He told me stories and tales from afar.
I said, "For a world traveler, what are you doing sitting here?"
He said, "The beer's as good in here as it is anywhere."
I said, "Have you drank all your life?"
He said, "Not yet I haven't, son, but we're drinking tonight."

CHORUS: He said, "I've drank lots of beer, man, I've drank lots of beer,
From here to Tanzanier, man, I've drank lots of beer.
Hold your glasses high in the air. We'll drink lots of beer.

"Like Michelob, Rolling Rock, Honey Brown, Shiner Bock,
Newcastle, Red Stripe, Lowenbrau, Coors Light,
Negro Modelo, such a fine fellow,
Lone Star Beer, and a whole lotta Sol,
Dos Equis, Castle, Keystone, and Bass Ale,
I've drank a lot of beer.

"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. CHORUS

"Pelican, Stein Lager, Black Label, Budweiser,
Miller, Mickey's, Molson makes me sicky,
Pearl, and The Beast, Fat Tire, and Pete's,
Old Wicked Ale, ah, what the hell,
Grolsch, and Guinness, and I ain't finished.
I've drank a lot of beer.

CHART
Verse:
G G G G
C C G G
D D G G

Chorus:
G G C G
D D G G


-------------------------------------------------------------------

Doug Moreland © 2005 | All Rights Reserved. Last updated: 04/18/05.

www.dougmoreland.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Sep 08 - 10:59 AM

I'd never come across any version but the NZ one before, I'd always assumed it was a native Kiwi song.

There is also an NZ song that fits in "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahorongukapokaiwhenuakitanatahu".
The NZ Folk Song site has the tune but not the lyrics as far as I can tell:
http://folksong.org.nz/abc_files.html#26 . I can't remember any of it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 23 Sep 08 - 01:54 PM

I can remember the original Lucky Starr recording being a big radio hit when I was living in Australia in the early 1960s.

My good friend David "Dusty" Miller (canal artist, song-writer and enthusiast) has written his own parody of the song, using the names of locations on the English canals and other navigable rivers.
It can be found on Ian Bruce's excellent website :-

"Songs of the Inland Waterways"

http://www.moonlightshadow.demon.co.uk/been_everywhere.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Rowan
Date: 24 Sep 08 - 09:45 PM

For a few days or so, if you click here and select "Tasmanian couple embark on trip to 'everywhere'" you'll see and hear (courtesy of Oz ABC TV) an interview with Geoff Mack, who wrote the original and most of the parodies for particular regions. The program segment is 4:57 long.

As a matter of interest, it'd be really nice if the original was listed in the DT (as well as in the "Related Threads" above, as "I've been everywhere, man: original" (rather than "Aussie version"); this would allow the various versions to be located via specific "Lyr. Add" descriptors to the respective posted messages.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 24 Sep 08 - 09:59 PM

Rowan, that's the article I referred to a while ago before, thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Little Robyn
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 03:45 PM

Jack you can find the words for Taumatawhakatangihanga etc.
on John Archer's site.
It's one of Peter Cape's songs.
The NZ version of I've been everywhere was hijacked by McDonalds a few years back and was played on telly in their ad so lots of people heard it. They also printed it on their paper placemats for awhile (but I think I've lost mine).
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,Loadsamusic
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 06:25 PM

Does anyone remember DON LANG doing a version of this song ?????


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: GUEST,Vanessa
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 03:13 PM

Can someone send me the george fox version it is different.... pooh.bear96@hotmail.com
thnx alot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Bugsy
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 08:48 PM

I was lucky enough to meet Geoff (Tangletongue) Mack in Alice Springs several years ago. He told me how many different localised versions of the song had been officially recorded. I can't remember ber now but I was gobsmacked by the number at the time. I think he said there's even a Japanese version somewhere!

He's written a few variations himself. I remember him singing "I've done everything" regarding work, and "I've had everything" regarding illnesses.

He gave a great show and was most generous with his time.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE (Geoff Mack)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 10:55 PM

I just discovered that the version in the DT has lots of misspelled place names. With the help of Wikipedia, I was able to correct them. While I was at it, I added some punctuation and attributions:


I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE
Words and music by "Geoff Mack" (Real name: Albert Geoffrey McElhinney)
As sung by Hank Snow, 1962

I was totin' my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road,
When along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load.
"If you're going to Winnemucca, man, with me you can ride."
So I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside.
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand,
And I said, "Listen. Bud, I've traveled every road in this here land."

I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man,
Crossed the deserts bare, man,
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been everywhere.

I've been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I'm a killer.

Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devils Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake.

Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond Du Lac, Davenport,
Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamantina,
Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean, sir.

Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado,
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, El Dorado,
Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanooga,
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity.

(I know some place you haven't been.)
I've been everywhere.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Bugsy
Date: 22 Aug 11 - 11:09 PM

Here's a link to the Australian version as posted on Geoff's webpage
I've Been Everywhere - Geoff Mack

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Aug 11 - 02:08 AM

George Fox (from Alberta, Canada) sang his own version of I'VE BEEN EVERYWHERE on his first album "George Fox," (Warner Music Canada, 1988). You can hear it at YouTube

His intro seems original. My transcription:

Well, we rolled around and vanned(?) into customs on the borderline.
I was hopin' they'd let us by once they saw this honest face o' mine,
But they stalled us and they told us, "No fruit or veggies, please,
And just what-all you been doin', boys, an' where-all have you been?"
Well, I told them we'd been ramblin', man, an' when he asked us where,
I said, "Now listen close. Don't interrupt. You got a pen an' paper there?"

After that, he sings all the same verses that Hank Snow did, and seems to be trying to sing the same place names, although I think he occasionally fumbles it a bit.

Finally he adds a new verse at the end. As usual, this is delivered at breakneck speed. In this verse, all the place names seem to be in Alberta. The ones I have identified, I have indicated by links to Wikipedia. The ones I can't identify, I have spelled phonetically as I hear them:

Bragg Creek, Dartig, Bovry, Elkenny,
Airdrie, Exshaw, Bearspaw, Weedenhaw,
Horse Creek, High River, Sherritt and Cavalier,
Forty-two hundred miles away from here,
Goosetrid and Babb and Kananaskis,
Played in Nashville but nobody asked us.

By the way, I have checked George Fox's web site and I can't find any mention there of this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I've Been Everywhere
From: Bugsy
Date: 27 Aug 11 - 05:01 AM

I suppose that should have been

Here's a link to 'THE ORIGINAL VERSION"

Cheers

Bugsy

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