Five Syllable

A lyrical reworking of Geoff Mack’s classic to accommodate all 67 of the 5 syllable place names in Australia, thought there may be more, by Mal Webb.

I was driving my Subi, up the road to Tantawangalo
Singing “I’ve Been Everywhere Man”
And my mate turned round and said, “You know
“If a place name’s got 5 syllables, it won’t fit in that song”
So I got it in my noggin, I just had to prove him wrong
Mash up Mission Impossible, make Geoff Mack’s song expand
To make a space for every 5 beat place name in the land

I’ve been everywhere, man, I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve crossed the desert bare, man, I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
And travel I’ve had my share, man, I’ve been everywhere
I’ve been to…
Adaminaby Yarrahapinni Cuppacumalong Croajingalong
Coonabarabran Tangambalanga Tallebudgera Onkaparinga
Wingecarribee Eurobodalla Irrewillipe Copacabana

Yarrangobilly Wagragobilly Gobbagombalin Bellimbopinni
Boomanoomana Goobarragandra Moonyoonooka Malabugilmah
Coolabunia Carrawabbity Mullengudgery Wantabadgery

Billywillinga Bellawongarah Bundalaguah Bobinawarrah
Jerrawangala Jerrabomberra Jerrabattculla Kaltukatjara
Milikapiti Cullacabardee Mooliabeenee Halekulani

Corobimilla Currabubula Currawananna Korweinguboora
Coolcalalaya Cookamidgera Cookardinia Carrickalinga
Cooeeimbardi Coleambally Collarenebri Bungeworgorai

Ngaanyatjarraku Connewirricoo Pallamallawa Yallabatharra
Alexandria Copperhannia Cooplacurripa Tallygaroopna
Wereboldera Wattamondara Weeaproinah Willenabrina

Indooroopilly Barraganyatti Terramungamine Duchembegarra
Tarrayoukyan Nurenmerenmong

Published with kind approval from Mal Webb –
Mal writes “Yes, they’re all real place names in Australia. Thanks to Cassie Carter for helping me collect them. I do the verse over “Take 5” and the rest is over “Mission Impossible”. Geoff Mack wrote the original (it was recorded by Lucky Starr and heaps of other artists). Geoff and his wife Tabby heard me play it in Jan 2012 and dug it immensely… lucky!”