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January 13, 2004

I've Ate Everywhere

Here's a play on Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere". Unlike the 60's and 70's, we don't relate much to being a drifter, showing our worldliness by the towns we've blown through. Now it's more the places we've eaten. In that light, I made some changes.

[spoken introduction]
I was workin out back near this here company's parking lot
When along came my tech guy with his tummy a rumbling loud
If your goin' to lunch with us, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the car and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I knew any new places I hadn't been before
And I said, "Listen! I've eaten every place there is and more!"

I've ate everywhere, man
I've ate everywhere, man
Gnoshed the dessert fare, man
I've ate the fountain bare, man
Cattle - I've had my share, man
I've ate everywhere

I've been to:
Quizno's, Uno's,Pizza Pro, Ponderosa
Wok-n-go, Spago, Big Bowl, Benihana
Bonanza, Panera, Tampana, Max and Erma
Carson's, Perkin's , Nathan's, Carbonara
Long John's, Papa John's, Benigans, Pollo Loco
Taco Bueno, Taco Loco, Sabatino

I'm a griller
I've ate everywhere, man
I've ate everywhere, man
Gnoshed the dessert fare, man
I've ate the fountain bare, man
Cattle - I've had my share, man
I've ate everywhere

I've been to:
Hooters, Scooters, Tokinor, Tony Roma's,
Sizzler, Ceasars, Teasers, Charlie Trotter's.
Subway, Friday's, King Buffet, Cork N Cleaver
Hot Wok, Hard Rock, Bear Rock, Dolce Vita
Applebees, Chuck E Cheese, KFC, Au Bon Pain
Bake-n-Take, Bob's Bake, U Bake, for Pete's Sake.

I've ate everywhere, man
I've ate everywhere, man
Gnoshed the dessert fare, man
I've ate the fountain bare, man
Cattle - I've had my share, man
I've ate everywhere

I've ate at:
Logan's, Evan's, Hoolihan's, Johnny Rocket
Tuscan, Steven's, Benigan's, Baskin Robbins,
IHOP, Popeye, Pizza Hut, Pizza Kitchen,
Ruth's Chris, Krystal, Krispey Krème, Church's Chicken
Golden Spoon, August Moon, Ed's Salloon, Papa Gino's
Papa John's, Pappadeaux, Pizza Inn, Plaza Vino

See What I Mean
I've ate everywhere, man
I've ate everywhere, man
Gnoshed the dessert fare, man
I've ate the fountain bare, man
Cattle - I've had my share, man
I've ate everywhere

I've been to:
Harvey's, Friendly's, Fazoli's, Star Bucks Coffee
Campeche, Chi Chi's, Chili's, Paggliacci
Steak and Ale, Taco Bell, Green Burrito
Wendys, Friendly's, Harvey's, El Torito
Captain D's, Mrs Fields, Mister Donut, Out Back Steakhouse
Dominos, Niko Niko, Tokyo One, Texas Road House

I've ate everywhere, man
I've ate everywhere, man
Gnoshed the dessert fare, man
I've ate the fountain bare, man
Cattle - I've had my share, man
I've ate everywhere

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Comments

Twice at Friendly's? I'd a thunk once woulda been enough. Heh. Nah, Friendly's was a hangout of mine back east in the '70s. Good memories.
By the way, that song was not originally Johnny Cash's.
The original was Australian, by Geoff Mack. The original Aussie place names were replaced with American ones by Hank Snow.

Posted by: Loren at Apr 12, 2004 1:55:15 AM

Ooo... That's interesting to know! Thanks Loren!

Do I really have Friendly's in there twice?

Posted by: George Turner at Apr 12, 2004 2:32:06 AM

I like it!

Aside from the Australian original, there is also a New Zealand version, also very good.

Posted by: arc at Feb 25, 2005 6:10:39 AM

There is also a version for Japan and one for Germany - also many adaptions
eg All the illneses I have had; all the names of medications I have had; all the names of plants in the garden etc
If you put the name of the song "I've been everywhere", into a search engine you will find more than 8 MILLION references to this song on the InterNet - not bad for a fill in song

Posted by: Bruce at Jan 17, 2006 6:56:38 AM

Yeah you also have Papa John's twice in there as well.

Posted by: Will at Feb 8, 2006 5:19:13 PM

There's a Texas version, too.

You can hear an MP3 excerpt at http://www.brianburnsmusic.com/es_song_10.htm

Enjoy, y'all!

I've Been Everywhere (In Texas) MP3 Excerpt
Geoff Mack (Texas Version Adapted By Brian Burns)

I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Amarillo road
when along came a semi with a high and canvas covered load.
“If you’re goin’ to Amarillo, Mack, with me you can ride,”
and so I climbed up in 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...”

CHORUS:
I’ve been everywhere, man,
I’ve been everywhere, man,
I’ve crossed the deserts bare, man,
breathed the mountain air, man,
of travel I’ve had my share, man,
I’ve been everywhere.

I’ve been to Waco, Hico, Hondo, Navasota,
Winnsboro, Jacksboro, Hillsboro, Santa Rosa,
Austin, Houston, Galveston, Texarkana,
Frisco, Buffalo, Conroe, Corsicana,
Goliad, Groesbeck, Glen Rose, Red Oak,
Post Oak, Live Oak, Lone Oak, no joke...

REPEAT CHORUS

I’ve been to Krugerville, Pflugerville, Van Horn, Val Verde,
Brackettville, Bartonville, Beeville, Bulverde,
Bear Creek, Cedar Creek, Mill Creek, Mineola,
Maypearl, Monahans, Telephone, Tuscola,
Redwater, Round Rock, Round Top, Round Lake,
Sour Lake, Southlake, Springlake, for Pete’s sake...

REPEAT CHORUS

I’ve been to Greenville, Gatesville, Gainesville, Alameda,
Kerrville, Kellyville, Bastrop, Benavides,
Somerville, Smithville, Stephenville, Prairie View,
Luckenbach, Longview, Plainview, Idalou,
Justin, Junction, Panorama, Pasadena,
Angelina, and Lorena...see what I mean-a...

REPEAT CHORUS

I’ve been to Valley Mills, Pine Mills, Dime Box, Duncanville,
New Home, New Hope, New Deal, Liberty Hill,
Rockport, Rock Creek, Bridgeport, Brownwood,
Cleburne, Comanche, Cut & Shoot, Cottonwood,
Bayview, Bayside, Baytown, Bay City,
Falls City, Center City, Bridge City, what a pity...

REPEAT CHORUS

When it comes to travelin’ Texas, friend,
I’ve been everywhere.

Posted by: Rick in Plano at Mar 20, 2006 2:28:21 PM

Hey just wonderin.... is the "i ate everywhere man" song an actual composition? or is it just the lyrics? if there's a composition/mp3 please can you let me know?... thanks.

Posted by: steff at Apr 24, 2006 3:28:30 AM