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One Hit Wonder - THE PROCLAIMERS (1993)
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"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers - 

The Proclaimers are the Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid. This is their only hit in America, but four of their other songs made the UK Top 40, including their first hit, "Letter From America," which went to #3 in 1987.
 
This song is about being devoted to a woman and wanting to spend the rest of your life with her. And it's all sung in a Scottish accent.
 
In the line "I'm gonna be the one who's havering for you," 'havering' means babbling on.
 
This was written in 1988 and released on The Proclaimers album Sunshine On Leith. It became a hit when the song was used in the 1993 movie Benny And Joon, starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson.
 
Craig Reid in the Daily Mail, March 23, 2007: "I can remember sitting at the piano and the chords just came to me. I reckon I just wrote the whole thing in 45 minutes. I knew that it was a good song, maybe even a single, but I had no idea how popular it would become."
 
This was a hit in the US after being featured in the movie Benny & Joon after the director heard the song being played on his personal stereo by Mary Ann Waterston. The Proclaimers had no idea it would be featured in the film.
 
It was a #1 hit in Australia.
 
This song was adopted as a theme song by Hibernian Football Club in Scotland.
 
In March 2007 The Proclaimers teamed up with British comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas to release a new version for the charity Comic Relief, which topped the UK charts. Peter Kay stars as his wheelchair bound character the Phoenix Club boss Brian Potter and Matt Lucas in turn appears as his similarly wheelchair bound Little Britain character Andy Pipkin. The comedians duet on the first 2 verses of the song before the Proclaimers take over.
 
The original version returned to the British chart at #37 the same week the Comic Relief version entered the chart at #3 making The Proclaimers become the first act in over 20 years to chart simultaneously with 2 different recordings of the same song. The last person to achieve this was Lulu, who in the last week of July 1986 had both her original 1964 recording of "Shout" in the Top 75 alongside a brand new "86" version.
 
By 2002, 500 miles just wasn't enough, as Vanessa Carlton used the same lyrical theme, but with twice the distance, in her song "A Thousand Miles."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1502

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1993


1 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
2 Tag Team Whoomp! (There It Is)
3 UB40 Can't Help Falling In Love
4 Janet Jackson That's The Way Love Goes
5 Silk Freak Me
6 SWV Weak
7 Shai If I Ever Fall In Love
8 Mariah Carey Dreamlover
9 Wreckx-N-Effect Rump Shaker
10 Snow Informer

27 Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

| Closed on 09/19/13 at 05:00PM
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13%a. 10 (Love that song)
0%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
50%c. 5-6 (ehh..ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
38%e. I would walk 500 miles just to not hear this song!

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#3 | 374 days ago

Gave it a 5-6 just for the wicked accents.



P.S. #10 on the list in '93 needs a 7500 word oral history.
5-6 (ehh..ok)  
  
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#1 | 374 days ago

I haven't heard this song in forever...it's the kind that gets on my nerves but then I start listening to and
singing along to ....
but..watching the video...those guys are kinda creepy to look at ...
5-6 (ehh..ok)  
#2 | 374 days ago

Meh.
#3 | 374 days ago

Gave it a 5-6 just for the wicked accents.



P.S. #10 on the list in '93 needs a 7500 word oral history.
5-6 (ehh..ok)  
#4 | 374 days ago

Must admit that at one time I was about to come out as UB40 fan, then I was introduced to reality and decided to remain a fan of theirs behind closed doors only.cheeky
I would walk 500 miles just to not hear this song!  
#5 | 374 days ago

(Edited by The_Real_Stoney)
if you hear it every so often it's still kind of catchy. 

Side note, I was actually thinking of this song on Sunday morning when I woke up hungover as f*ck and what was on my TV but Christopher Eccleston playing a scottish villain in GI Joe The Rise of Cobra.. And I couldn't find the remote, and couldn't move. But his accent had me giggling and saying "I'm gonna beee the man who goes back home to you"

and I'm with Marcus

Detective mon a says a did a me Snow me stab somewhere down the lane, A licky Boom Boom Down.
#6 | 374 days ago

This song is catchy....and gets on my nerves at the same time...but I love to sing it in the Scottish accent...."and I would walk five hundred miles and I would walk five hundred more just to be the man who walked a those-and miles...."
10 (Love that song)  

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