I've Been Everywhere

Album: The Essential Hank Snow (1962)
Charted: 68
  • 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, Mack
    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
    'Cross the deserts bare, man
    I've breathed the mountain air, man
    Of travel, I've had my share, man
    I've been everywhere.

    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.
    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 everywhere.

    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, Devil's Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake;

    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 everywhere.

    Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
    Shefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
    Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
    Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond do Lac, Davenport,
    Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamontina,
    Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean, sir;

    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 everywhere.

    Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg, Colorado,
    Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
    Larrimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanika,
    Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
    Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
    Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity;

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


    AUSTRALIAN VERSION:

    Well, I was humpin' my bluey 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 travelled ev'ry road in this here land"

    'Cause "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 everywhere

    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

    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

    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?

    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, everywhere, I've been everywhere

    Okay, mate, you've been ev'ry place except one
    And ya don't need my help t'get there
    [Door slams, truck drives away]

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 23rd 1962, "I've Been Everywhere" by Hank Snow entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; the following week it fell off the chart, then the week after it re-entered the chart at #89; and on November 11th, 1962 it peaked at #68 {for 1 week} and spent a grand total of 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on October 28th, 1962 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart; it was preceded and then succeeded at #1 by "Mama Sang A Song" by Bill Anderson...
    Hank Snow had one other Top 100 record, "Rockin', Rollin' Ocean", it reached #87 in 1960, but between 1949 and 1967 he had seventy-three records make the Billboard Country Singles chart, with six of them reaching #1...
    Clarence Eugene 'Hank' Snow, The Singing Ranger, passed away on December 20th, 1999 at the age of 85...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Alan from Sault Ste. Marie, OnNames a small town near North Bay Ontario on Highway 17 called Mattawa. Might be 1,000 people living there.
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