The Lyrics of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” Charted on a Dynamic Google Map

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The country music classic “I’ve Been Everywhere” was first recorded by Lucky Starr in Australia in 1962, then later adapted by Hank Snow, various other artists, and eventually the great Johnny Cash. The lyrics begin:

I was toting 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!”

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
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I’m a killer

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, Tennessee, Chicopee, Spirit Lake
Grand Lake, Devil’s Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete’s sake

And that’s not all of the locations the narrator travels to. If you chart and connect all of the destinations mentioned in the song — as Iain Mullan has done in this handy, dynamic map — you’ll find that the singer covers some 112,515 miles (or 181,075 kilometers). Even better, you can watch the travels take place in real-time on a Google map. Just click play, and you will be on your way.

For more travels on a Google map, don’t miss our recent post:

Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions & Published as a Free eBook

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  • Chris Beaven says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. This is a great idea to do with kids in music class when learning another adventure ballad. ( like Roll on Columbia or Fifty States)It’s too bad I can’t show your example to my class since Johnny throws a bone the end.

  • M.R. STRINGER says:

    We had a Downunder version, and believe me, some of our placenames are rippers! The bloke who did the cover version was called ‘Lucky Starr’ !!! Long time ago ..

  • Great find and a great song. That song has a myriad of variations I mention in this post:
    I also am intrigued by the Keruac eBook mentioned. Love the mash ups that technology affords us.

  • brian says:

    So excited to show it to my kids and share with collegues. Oh and then we have the middle finger….. (insert a very sad panda)

  • Terry O'Donnell says:

    The Lucky Starr version is the original recorded version.
    It was written and performed live in a cabaret show by Geoff Mac.
    At the same time, Geoff also wrote UK and New Zealand versions.
    Three years after the original was recorded, Geoff MAC wrote a North American version which was first recorded by Hank Snow.
    This just in: The United States of America is not the only country.

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