I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid.

The twins were brought up in Auchtermuchty, Fife. After several punk rock bands at school, including one called “Eight-Eyes”, in response to the taunts they received in primary school, they formed The Proclaimers in 1983.

The brothers are fans of Hibernian Football Club, and “Sunshine on Leith” has become a theme song for the club, being played at home matches for important fixtures, such as the Edinburgh derby versus Heart of Midlothian FC, the clubs city rivals. Charlie and Craig Reid appeared at their Easter Road stadium for the ‘Hands Off Hibs’ campaign in 1990 when Wallace Mercer, a wealthly Edinburgh businessman with direct connections to Hearts FC, attempted a takeover of the club but was defeated by fan pressure. They are also well-known supporters of Scottish independence and have at various stages of their lives been activists for the Scottish National Party, expressing such views on their promotional tour of Britain in March 2007, although the following month, Charlie Reid announced that he had switched his allegiance to the Scottish Socialist Party in protest at the Scottish National Party’s receipt of funding from big business. Many of their songs reflect their political views, such as “Letter from America” and “Cap in Hand”. On 16 May 2006, the twins announced their participation in a campaign to free a fellow Scot, Kenny Richey, from his death row sentence in Ohio, United States, including an appearance at a charity concert.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

The song is popular in Scotland (and Ireland), where, at Hampden Park, every time the national football team scores, the song is played and sung along to by Scotland fans. It is the unofficial anthem of Edinburgh’s Hibernian F.C., the Proclaimers being fans of the team.

The song is also routinely touted as a possible Scottish national anthem. This may be partly sarcastic due to the Scottish peoples’ frustration with not having an official anthem, but nevertheless it shows the prominence this song has gained in Scottish culture.

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When I wake up, well I know i’m gonna be,
I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next you
When I go out, yeah I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you
If I get drunk, well I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I haver, Yeah I know I’m gonna be
I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to 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
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 if I grow-old,(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

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da da da (da da da)

Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh Da

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Da Da Da Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh 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

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 Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh 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 Dun Diddle Un Diddle Un Diddle Uh 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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About DJ Allyn

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