I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Album: Sunshine On Leith (1988)
Charted: 11 3
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  • When I wake up, well I know I'm gonna be,
    I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next you
    When I go out, yeah I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
    If I get drunk, well I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
    And if I haver up, yeah I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you

    But I would walk five hundred miles
    And I would walk five hundred more
    Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
    To fall down at your door

    When I'm working, yes I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who's working hard for you
    And when the money, comes in for the work I do
    I'll pass almost every penny on to you
    When I come home (when I come home) well I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who comes back home to you
    And if I grow-old (when I grow-old) well I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you

    But I would walk five hundred miles
    And I would walk five hundred more
    Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
    To fall down at your door

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    When I'm lonely, well I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who's lonely without you
    And when I'm dreaming, well I know I'm gonna dream
    I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you
    When I go out (when I go out) well I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
    And when I come home (when I come home) yes I know I'm gonna be
    I'm gonna be the man who comes back home with you
    I'm gonna be the man who's coming home with you

    But I would walk five hundred miles
    And I would walk five hundred more
    Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
    To fall down at your door

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    Da da da (da da da)
    Da da da (da da da)

    Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

    And I would walk five hundred miles
    And I would walk five hundred more
    Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
    To fall down at your doorWriter/s: Charles S. Reid, Craig M. Reid
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 30

  • Gracie from AdelaideI think there is an error in the lyrics as written here: He sings 'When I haver' not 'when I have yeah' which does not make sense. The next line tells you that it is haver since he then says "I'm gonna be the man whose havering to you". The repetition in all the lines previous also support this.

    Haver means to dither or talk nonsense (which may also be a lie but not necessarily). For instance, a man is trying to explain why he is late home and doesn't want to admit he went to the pub with his mates so he makes up a story would be an example relevant to this song. He is singing that he adores her, gives almost all his pay to her though, so it's more likely he just meant that he is prone to dither and babble in front of her as in he can't think straight because he loves her.
  • Grace from Malibu, CaThe reason it's called 500 miles is because there are 500 miles from London to Glasgow. This is also most definitely not their only hit.
    I love The Proclaimers ^__^
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlTheir lyrics are "I would walk 500 hundred miles and I would walk 500 hundred more just to be the man who walks A THOUSAND miles and fall down at your door". I thought they said 5 thousand too the 1st time i heard it too! lol Their accents are very thick!
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlTo Taylor of FL- It's a thousand lol 500 + 500= 1,000
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlOMG!!!! GREAT song! Makes me want to watch Benny and Joon again! Love these guys!
  • Estel from 303, CoI loved the movie Benny and Joon, and heard this song in the closing credits. It was okay. Then my best friend got a recording of it on her phone and would play it all the time. I wanted to strangle her for making the song become annoying for me.
  • Bubba from South, DcI get so sick of this song. BUT, when I see them live, which I do a lot when they come over, it rocks, it still really, really rocks. Their whole show rocks.
  • Alex from Austin, TxRemember when they sang this on How I Met Your Mother.
  • Michaela from Usa, NyI like the song's message.And the accents.
  • Taylor from Follansbee, Medoes he say to be the man who walked a thousand or five thousand????????
  • Ray from Port Augusta, AustraliaThis is their only hit....?????

    "Im On my Way" charted very well in Australia

    the Proclaimers where in fact a 2 hit wonder.
    Cheers
    Ray Collins
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceThis song was originally released in 1988, but upon its inclusion in the [i] Benny and Joon [i]movie soundtrack, the energetic pop-rock tune became a hit and is now a classic. The Proclaimers are the Scottish duo of Craig and Charlie Reid. Their music is an energetic, infectious brand of pop-rock with influences from their Scottish background.
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandRe the last Song fact:

    How can you say they are "Wheel Chair Bound"? They're IN wheel chairs!
  • Brian from Solihull, EnglandThis superb song was re-recorded and used as the 2007 Commic Relief charity record in the UK. It featured Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin singing slightly modified words. The Proclaimers joining them and taking over the song part way through.
    It has now become my childrens favourite song (they are 8 and 10). We sing this on car journeys (over and over again), in fact it can easily last 500 miles.
    - Brian, Solihull, England, UK
  • Neal from North, NjI remember in Family Guy - Peter Griffin singing this song in the studio w/ the Proclaimers. Good times! hahaha Seriously. Great song!
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThis wasn't their biggest hit in the UK or Europe - it made UK No.11 on re-issue in 1993 having failed to chart first time around in 1987, but their 1988 hit "Letter From America" peaked eight places higher at No.3 and went on to become a huge hit all over Europe
  • Kaitlin from Cornwall, Ont, CanadaThere are people that made a dance to this ^_^ I think its the SI (survival instructor) dance. Quite appropriate, isn't it?
  • Cina from Lincoln, NeThis song is my "waking up" song. I know it's about a woman, but to me it's been about staying close to God. I can't imagine a better song about devotion. Love this song. And love Benny and Joon. Hearts to Mary Stuart Masterson.
  • Stacey from Nowra, Australiafav song and benny and joon is my fav. movie but i didn't no they were connected that's so cool!!
  • Kevin from Cincinnati, OhThis is one great song.
  • Johnny from Rockland, Magreat song. awesome!! need to listen to it over and over over again!!!
  • Ricardo from Mexico, MexicoI Love this song (DOT)
  • Elizabeth from New York, NyI love this song! I think it is so sweet! Definatly one of my favorite songs ever!
  • Allan from Greebock, ScotlandHavering doesn't mean babbling on, instead, lying.
    If you haver, you lie.
    The Proclaimers have had more than one hit. A lot more.

    Mon the Greenock Weans!
  • Mark from Dundee, ScotlandThis song has been adpoted as the "Tartan Army" (Scotland football fans') unofficial national anthem!! (The official one is "Flower of Scotland")
  • Stephen from Calgary, CanadaYes, in Canada they had another hit as well, "I'm On My Way," which as stated is on the Shrek soundtrack
  • Anonymous from Chicago, IlAllister did a cover of this...despite the fact that i dislike Allister, i liked their cover better than the original song.
  • Kurt from Downers Grove, IlI wrote a parody of this, if you want to see it check out amiright.com/parody/80s/the proclaimers2.shtml
  • Freddy from Ghent, Belgiumcertainly in Europe they had another hit: "Letter from America"...maybe this one should be added to the database.
  • Krie from Ft. Drum, NyThe Proclaimers also contributed a track to the movie "Shrek."
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