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"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by Scottishmarker pop band The Proclaimers. It was released on their 1988 Sunshine on Leith album, and subsequently as a single. It has become one of their most popular songs, reaching #11 in the UKmarker charts and No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts in 1989, plus, five years later, #3 in the USmarker Billboard Hot 100. The song has become a live staple at their concerts. The Proclaimers played it at Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push, the final concert of Live 8 at Murrayfield Stadiummarker on 6 July 2005, to symbolise the conclusion of The Long Walk To Justice.

The song is popular in Scotland, where at Hampden Parkmarker, every time the national football team scores, the song is played and sung along to by Scotland fans. It was featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Benny & Joon. As a result the original music video was re-edited with clips from the film.

The song was also the theme song for the Swedish TV-show, High Chaparall. It was also featured repeatedly in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Arrivederci, Fiero" as a "cassingle" of the song becomes stuck in the tape deck of Marshall Eriksen's Pontiac Fiero, and remains there for the duration of 1994 to 2007. It was featured once again in How I Met Your Mother in the Season 5 episode Duel Citizenship as the roadtrip music for Ted and Marshall.

Track listing

Original 1988 version

  1. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
  2. "Better Days"
  3. "Teardrops"

Comic Relief 2007 version

  1. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (New audio with special guests)
  2. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (Original 1988 version)
  3. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (CD-ROM video [new version with special guests])
  4. Photo gallery


Comic Relief

The Proclaimers re-recorded the song, with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas, the latter two in the guise of their characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin (from Phoenix Nights and Little Britain respectively). There is a slight change in the lyrics with the words "roll 500 miles" replacing "walk 500 miles". This is because the characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin are both in wheelchairs. There is also the line "Bobby Davro" included in time with the music, because Brian Potter spots Bobby in the audience. This version was released as a charity single for Comic Relief on 19 March 2007. It reached #3 on the official UK Singles Chart on download sales alone, and one week later reached number one, where it remained for three weeks. It sold 126,000 copies in its first week making it the biggest selling number one of the year up to that point. Its sales were double that of the "official" Comic Relief single by Girls Aloud vs. Sugababes, and their cover of Aerosmith's Walk This Way. The song ended 2007 as the year's 9th biggest-selling single in the UK

The Proclaimers' original recording also re-entered the Top 40 following the success of the Comic Relief version.


  1. BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 2007-12-27

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