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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

I've Been Everywhere

by Geoff Mack (1922 )

The original Australian version was made popular by singer Lucky Starr in 1962.

John Grenell (John Hore) recorded a New Zealand version in 1966. Geoff Mack also wrote the later American version with American cities replacing the originals.

It became the # 1 hit in Country Music in November 1962 when Hank Snow's recorded it.

It's also been recorded by Johnny Cash (1996), Willie Nelson, The Statler Brothers, and others and used in numerous commercials.

This is the
New Zealand version.

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Well I was hitching a ride on a winding Hokitika road
When along came a lorry with a high and canvas-covered load
"If you're going to Hokitika, mate, with me you can ride"
So I jumped into the cabin and settled down inside
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, "Look, listen mate, I've been everywhere in this here land ...

Cos, I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert 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
Kaparoa Whangaroa Akaroa Motueka
Taramoa Benmore Pongaroa Horoeka
Rimutaka Te Karaka Whangarei
Nuhaka Waimahaka Motuhura Waikaka
Motonui Hokonui Papanui Wainui
Matawai Rongotai Pikowai I'm a guy.

I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert bare man,
I've breathed the mountain air man
Of travel I've had my share man
I've been everywhere

Woodville Dargaville Lumsden Katikati
Naseby Cambridge Porirua Mararoa
Hastings Tikitiki Tauranga Auckland
Naenae Waitaha Hamilton Poroporo
Taupo Timaru Oamaru Tihoi
Awanui Wanganui Pauanui lot o' hooey.

I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert bare man,
I've breathed the mountain air man
Of travel I've had my share man
I've been everywhere

Featherston Palmerston Woolston Te Awamutu
Riverton Queenstown Picton Ohinemutu
Morere Korere Rotorua Kaikoura
Matamata Ruakura Ikamatua Papakura
Waitaki Pukaki Taranaki Te Kauwhata
Ropata Ikowai Waitemata what's the matter.

I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert bare man,
I've breathed the mountain air man
Of travel I've had my share man
I've been everywhere

Ruatoki Matahura Taupiri Maketu
Kyeburn Sowburn Wedderburn Mossburn
Washdyke Arawhata Paparoa Kaponga
Teraha Thames Kerikeri Kokoma
Tapanui Porinui Tawanui Otahuhu
Ruatapu Mosgiel Whareroa that's for sure.

I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert bare man,
I've breathed the mountain air man
Of travel I've had my share man
I've been everywhere

Kapiti Ngawaka Onepu Reporoa
Tongariro Tomoana Renwick Papamoa
B Karitane Oxford Parihaka Karetu
Coalgate Whitecliffs Urenui Mamaku
Waimea Waharoa Dannevirke Ngahere
Gordonton Oban Kingston how ya been.

I've been everywhere man, I've been everywhere man
I've crossed the desert bare man,
I've breathed the mountain air man
Of travel I've had my share man
I've been everywhere

I've been here, there, everywhere
I've been everywhere

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