John Grenell – I’ve Been Everywhere

Day 11 in the NZ Music Month tune a day challenge.

He was John Hore when I listened to him on Listeners’ Requests on the radio in the 1960s.

If we all spoke as the Scots do, making a clear distinction between h and wh, he might have kept his surname, but we don’t so to avoid unfortunate confusions he adopted the name Grenell (which I think was his mother’s family name).

One of the songs for which he became famous is I’ve Been Everywhere .

The original version used Australian place names.

If you want to try singing the New Zealand version the lyrics are here.

Oh, and he did get his guitar back.

UPDATE:

Inquiring Mind has the Hogsnort Rupert Auntie Alice Medley

Keeping Stock has Splin Enz ENZO with Message to My Girl

3 Responses to John Grenell – I’ve Been Everywhere

  1. david says:

    In the recording, there is a town (sounds like it starts with a ‘B’) at the beginning of the 3rd line of the 1st town verse … just before Rimutaka.

    All of the NZ lyrics versions of this I can find online omit the town … but without it there’s not enough syllables in the line … and JG clearly sings a town before Rimutaka in the recording.

    Anybody know what it is?

  2. […] he been? David left a query on an old post of John Grenell singing I’ve Been Everywhere  asking where he’s […]

  3. wade doak says:

    I am trying to email john grennell. wade doak

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