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Popular Music & Lyrics About Travel

The following is an article “Popular Music & Lyrics About Travel” by Marc Pulisci.

Traveling in itself is an exciting adventure that enriches the soul. Similarly, they say that music is food for the soul. That could explain why many of us enjoy long road trips with our favorite songs playing in the background.

Music and lyrics about travel

More than just songs that fuel your road trip, here are three songs that are actually about traveling which have become worldwide hits throughout the years:

“I’ve Never Been to Me”, 1982

This one is a ballad written and composed by Ron Miller and Kenneth Hirsch, originally recorded by American pop singer Charlene. Upon its second release in 1982, it hit #3 in the U.S. and earned her a Gold certification in Australia. The ballad also topped the charts in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Here’s an excerpt of the travel lyrics:

I've been to paradise, never been to me

I've been to Georgia and California, and anywhere I could run

I've been to paradise, never been to me

I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece

While I sipped champagne on a yacht

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), 1988

Released in the U.S. five years after peaking at #11 in the U.K. charts, this hit by Scottish duo The Proclaimers went on to become a #1 hit in Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand in early 1990. Not until it was used in Johnny Depp movie Benny & Joon did it reach the top five on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 charts:

But I would walk 500 miles

And I would walk 500 more

Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles

To fall down at your door

“I’ve Been Everywhere”, 1962

Perhaps the most widely covered ode to traveling was this song. Originally written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, it was made popular in the U.S. by Lucky Starr three years later, and again by legendary country singer Johnny Cash in 1996. Since then, it has been covered by artists from the U.K., New Zealand, and Canada, with the lyrics tweaked each time and made relevant to the locales of their respective countries:

I've been everywhere, man

I've been everywhere, man

Crossed the deserts bare, man

I've breathed the mountain air, man

Travel, I've had my share, man

I've been everywhere

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