Song Lyric Sunday: Travelling – ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

“Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door””

Lots of songs about travelling out there to fit Helen’s theme for this week, of course. My first thought – as it usually is – was something by the Grateful Dead, and there’s certainly no shortage of them either.

However, I see that another participant has already contributed an excellent and informative post about a Dead song, so I thought I’d go for something closer to home (appropriate for travelling). This song by The Proclaimers has something close to the status of a second national anthem in Scotland: it;s played at football and rugby matches and at the end of the night at every wedding you’re ever likely to go to – including those of both my children.

Plus, if you read the verses as well as the iconic (and usually raucous) chorus, you can see that it’s a song equally as much about coming home as travelling. I travelled a lot in my job for many years and, believe me, the best bit was coming home.

[sorry about the formatting; WordPress doesn’t seem to understand the concept of spaces between verses]

When I wake up, well, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to 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, hey, 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 walked 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), oh, I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if 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 walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
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 walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
By Charlie and Craig Reid

Song Lyric Sunday 8 October 2017

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