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1.en.7 The song of a compulsive traveller: I’ve been everywhere

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“I’ve Been Everywhere” is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. Johnny Cash  recorded the song in the USA in 1996 but adapted the toponyms to make them known to American people.  Listen to Johnny Cash song and follow the text while he sings. Take note of 3 new places you did not know of. Look for their location in a map. Share your findings with your classmates. Wednesday the 29th of October, our language assistant, Elia, will be with us. He is from Colorado.  Does  Cash mention Colorado in his song? You will have the opportunity to ask Elia about his home. It might be a good idea to find out if he is a compulsive traveller who’s been everywhere in the States. Listen to the son a couple of times and focus on pronunciation.

Different bands and singers wrote versions of the song adapted to their countries. There is even one in Catalan “He estat a tot arreu”

Captura de pantalla 2014-10-05 a la(s) 6.30.02 AMVàlius recorded in 2014 a version of the song in their album “Fam”, listing many Catalonia locations. The song is named “Espinàs” as a tribute to Josep Maria Espinàs, a Catalan writer that has travelled “everywhere” by foot. It is also a tribute to Can Piella, a community project for self-management and social transformation since they sing “If you’re goin’ to Can Piella, with me you can ride.You can read the lyrics here

You can listen to the song Clicking  here

Finally, you might be interested in meeting a real compulsive traveller from Australia, like the one in the song, who had been everywhere. Well, I found one. His name is Dominic Dunne. He is a journalist and a writer. He wrote a book called “Adventures of a compulsive traveller”

Task: Go to his web site. Peek inside the Preface of his book and find out what countries he’s been to.

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