“I’ve Been Everwhere” Performed by Lucky Starr (1962), Hank Snow (1962), Lynn Anderson (1970) & Johnny Cash (1996)

September 15, 2011


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Here is the original Australian tune, composed by Geoff Mack in 1959, performed by  Lucky Starr (real name Leslie Morrison) in 1962.

Canadian Hank Snow’s 1962 American Country music  cover, with lyrics re-written with North American locations by the original composer,  followed the arrangement of the Australian original pretty closely. Don’t you think? This cover charted #68.

Lynn Anderson performs her hit cover on the Lawrence Welk Show in 1968. Her recording charted #16 Country in 1970.

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So far this month we have songs with folk traveling by car and train to take care of business, but Johnny Cash doesn’t seem to mention his many modes of transportation in this hit song. He just tells us, while he’s hitching a ride in a semi,  that he’s been everywhere! We just have to guess how he got there.

This song is my second favorite Johnny Cash tune after  “Get Rhythm.” This was recorded circa 1996 and it sounds just as fresh as his #1 single “Get Rhythm” did in 1956! This is the ultimate cover version of “I’ve Been Everywhere” IMHO.  Johnny really rocks it!

Can’t sit still when hear this — can you?   I gotta boogie when I hear it because I sure can’t sing along (LOL). Johnny spits out those cities and towns so fast I just can’t keep up. : -)

See if you can sing along. Here are the lyrics for you, so give it a try.

“I’ve Been Everywhere” American/Johnny Cash Version Lyrics

I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road,
When along came a semi with a high an’ canvas-covered load.
“If you’re goin’ to Winnemucca, Mack, with me you can ride.”
And 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, I’ve traveled every road in this here land!”

[Chorus:]
I’ve been everywhere, man.
I’ve been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert’s 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,
Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla, I’m a killer.

[Chorus]

I’ve been to:
Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa,
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee to Tennesse Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devils Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake.

[Chorus]

I’ve been to:
Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport,
Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina,
Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean-a.

[Chorus]

I’ve been to:
Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado,
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
Larimore, Admore, Haverstraw, Chatanika,
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity.

[Chorus]

Lyrics Source: azlyrics.com

Musically Yours,

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