Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Go everywhere that Hank Snow went too "I've been Everywhere Man"



I was totin' my pack
Along the dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi
With a high and canvas covered load
"If you're going to Winnemucca, Mack
With me you can ride."
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, Bud I've traveled
Every road in this here land."

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Cross the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

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 everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Cross the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana,
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana,
Monterey, Ferriday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa,
Tennessee, Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake,
Grand Lake, Devil's Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake;

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Round the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika,
Shefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica,
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport,
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond do Lac, Davenport,
Idaho, Jellicoe, Argentina, Diamontina,
Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean, sir;

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
'Round the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere.

Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravellburg, Colorado,
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado,
Larrimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chattanika,
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelika,
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City,
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity;

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

"I know some place you haven't been."

I've been everywhere.

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Now, some of these places are not in USA.

Also, this is not a list of  92 places.

There 25 places called Buffalo, two of them not in USA. Which one of them does Hank mean?
All of them.

There are 16 different Bangors in the world.

Nevertheless, I think Waterloo might be the biggest "problem" here.
The original Waterloo is in Belgium.
There are places called Waterloo in Antarctica, Australia (4), Canada (3), New Zealand, Sierra Leone, UK (7) and US (about 29 or so).

Or perhaps Springfield. There's 6 in Australia, one in Belize, 6 in Canada, 2 in Ireland, 1 in New Zealand, 1 in South Africa, a dozen in UK, 45 in USA and one in Virgin Islands.

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So, how to do this?

1. Write a list of all the places mentioned in the song.
Alaska
Amarillo
Argentina
Atmore
Bakersfield
Baltimore
Bangor
Baraboo
Barranquilla
Black Rock
Boston
Buffalo
Cadillac
Catalina
Cedar City
Charleston
Chaska
Chattanika
Chicago
Chicopee
Colorado
Costa Rica
Crater Lake
Davenport
Dayton
Devil's Lake
Diamontina
Dodge City
Eldorado
Ellensburg
Fargo
Ferriday
Fond do Lac
Glen Rock
Grand Lake
Gravellburg
Hackensack
Haverstraw
Hennessey
Houston
Idaho
Jacksonville
Jellicoe
Kalamazoo
Kansas City
Kingston
Knoxville
La Paloma
Larrimore
Little Rock
Louisiana
Louisville
Mattawa
Minnesota
Monterey
Nashville
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Ombabika
Opelika
Oskaloosa
Ottawa
Padilla
Panama
Parkersburg
Pasadena
Pittsburgh
Pittsfield
Reno
Rexburg
Salvador
Santa Fe
Sarasota
Shefferville
Shreveport
Sioux City
Spirit Lake
Springfield
Tallapoosa
Tampa
Tennessee
Texarkana
Tocopilla
Toronto
Tulsa
Vicksburg
Washington
Waterloo
Waterville
Wichita
Winnemucca
Winslow
2. Get a largish world map, and start pinning these places on the map. Maybe you decide after the 20th Jacksonville, that that wasn't a good idea after all... :-D
You could decide to only go on the places that are in America. (That's the continent of America, not USA. Though you can decide to only do USA as well.)

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