My lyrical reworking of Geoff Mack's classic to accommodate 67 5 syllable place names from Australia... there may be more!
I was driving my Subi, up the road to Tantawangalo
Singing "I've Been Everywhere Man"
And my mate turned round and said, "You know
"If a place name's got 5 syllables, it won't fit in that song"
So I got it in my noggin, I just had to prove him wrong
Mash up Mission Impossible, make Geoff Mack's song expand
To make a space for every 5 beat place name in the land
I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere, man
I've crossed the desert bare, man, I've breathed the mountain air, man
And travel I've had my share, man, I've been everywhere
I've been to...
Adaminaby Yarrahapinni Cuppacumalong Croajingalong
Coonabarabran Tangambalanga Tallebudgera Onkaparinga
Wingecarribee Eurobodalla Irrewillipe Copacabana
Yarrangobilly Wagragobilly Gobbagombalin Bellimbopinni
Boomanoomana Goobarragandra Moonyoonooka Malabugilmah
Coolabunia Carrawabbity Mullengudgery Wantabadgery
Billywillinga Bellawongarah Bundalaguah Bobinawarrah
Jerrawangala Jerrabomberra Jerrabattculla Kaltukatjara
Milikapiti Cullacabardee Mooliabeenee Halekulani
Corobimilla Currabubula Currawananna Korweinguboora
Coolcalalaya Cookamidgera Cookardinia Carrickalinga
Cooeeimbardi Coleambally Collarenebri Bungeworgorai
Ngaanyatjarraku Connewirricoo Pallamallawa Yallabatharra
Alexandria Copperhannia Cooplacurripa Tallygaroopna
Wereboldera Wattamondara Weeaproinah Willenabrina
Tarrayoukyan Barraganyatti Terramungamine Duchembegarra
Indooroopilly Warracknabeal Nurenmerenmong...
Yes, they're all real place names in Australia. Thanks to Cassie Carter for helping me to collect them. I do the verse over "Take 5" and the rest is over "Mission Impossible". I've recorded it, but due to copyright restrictions, I can't release it on my CD, so once it's finished I'll post it on the internet for free. Stay tuned!
Geoff Mack wrote the original song (it was recorded by Lucky Starr and heaps of other artists). Geoff and his wife, Tabby, heard me play it at Tamworth in Jan 2012 and dug it immensely... lucky!
Here it is, recorded just a few days later in Gosford.