“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks 1000 miles
To fall down at your door


It is a little known fact that walking 500 miles in a straight line in almost any direction from Leith (the hometown of the Proclaimers) will lead to a not inconsiderable amount of drowning. So let’s assume that a certain amount of curving paths is involved.

Does it bother anyone else that this song is sung by two men – two brothers, in fact – in first person singular, which seems to indicate that this thousand mile walk is an endurance challenge for the hand of the unnamed fair maiden to whom the song is addressed?


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