I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES) by The Proclaimers

November 28, 2022

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is the lead single from The Proclaimers’ 1988 album Sunshine on Leith. It’s one of the group’s most famous songs. 

Fun Facts:

  • Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid formed The Proclaimers in 1983 after playing in various punk rock bands. 
  • Craig wrote the song while waiting to travel to a Hibernian FC match in Aberdeen.
  • After the song was featured in the 1993 romantic comedy Benny & Joon starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart, it reached # 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August 1993.
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” peaked at # 11 on the UK Singles chart and # 1 in Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand in early 1990.
  • The song’s earnings are about five times the rest of the band’s catalog combined.
  • The hit single has become a live staple at the Scottish Duo’s concerts.
  • The Proclaimers re-recorded the hit with English comedians Matt Lucas and Peter Kay in 2007, peaking at No. 1 in the UK and outperforming their original chart run.
  • The hit single was used multiple times in Season 2 of the CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.
  • The Proclaimers played this song at Murrayfield Stadium on July 6, 2005, during the “The Long Walk To Justice.” 

Lyrics 

When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be,

I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you

When I go out, yeah I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you

When I get drunk, well I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you

And when I haver, hey I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you

And 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

When I’m working, yes I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who’s working hard for you

And when the money, comes in for the work I do

I’ll pass almost every penny on to you

When I come home(When I come home), well I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you

And when I grow old, well I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you

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

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

When I’m lonely, well I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who’s lonely without you

And when I’m dreaming, well I know I’m gonna dream

I’m gonna Dream about the time when I’m with you

When I go out (When I go out), well I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you

And when I come home (When I come home), yes I know I’m gonna be

I’m gonna be the man who comes back home with you

I’m gonna be the man who’s coming home with you

And I would walk 500 miles

And I would walk 500 more

Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles

To fall down at your door

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da Da

And I would walk 500 miles

And I would walk 500 more

Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles

To fall down at your door

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