I've Been Everywhere

cntowerI'm digging City and Colour's "Comin' Home". It's totally mellow and full of shout outs to varous North American locales. There's a call out to Saskatoon, Sydney and Halifax, but no love for Toronto. That got me thinking about popular songs that do that shout out thing and include Toronto in the mix. That led me to the Man in Black.

Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere" runs down the names of about a hundred cities and might be the best example of a city shout out song. In "I've Been Everywhere", Toronto is named an impressive sixth overall. Now that's respect.

At least The Tragically Hip released a song called "Toronto #4", wrote about Bashin' Bill Barilko and dropped our name in "Bobcaygeon". That, and Cash's call out, makes up for Dallas Green's slight. He's a good St. Catharines boy after all and we forgive him.

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I think Cash asked June to marry him on stage in Toronto, when she finally accepted. Move over Paris Lol

August 4, 2006 @ 4:31 PM


I fell in love with this song a few weeks ago when I first heard it but didn't think it would make the cut for SLS. James Brown, "Livin in America" gives a shout out to Toronto and I could swear Huey Lewis did a Canadian rendition of "Heart of Rock n Roll" with a reference to TO.

August 4, 2006 @ 4:54 PM

Pete Kic

Hey Mike,

Hank Snow (a good Canadian boy) made I've Been Everywhere famous before Cash covered it.

August 4, 2006 @ 5:53 PM

Mike Boon

Aw crap, you'd think I'd know that.

I shoulda checked the Wiki page first.

August 4, 2006 @ 6:01 PM

Pete Kic

Oh, and Johnny proposed to June in London, Ontario I believe.

August 5, 2006 @ 1:25 AM

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