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"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
Single by The Proclaimers
from the album Sunshine on Leith
Released August 1988 (United Kingdom)
1993 (United States)
March 2007 (UK re-release)
Format 7", cassette single, CD single
Recorded 1988 (Original version)
2007 (Re-recorded version)
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 3:39 (Original album version)
3:42 (2007 version)
Label Chrysalis
Producer Pete Wingfield
The Proclaimers singles chronology
"Make My Heart Fly"
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
"Sunshine on Leith"
Peter Kay chronology
"Is This the Way to Amarillo"
Tony Christie ft. Peter Kay
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
feat. Andy Pipkin and Brian Potter
"The Winner's Song"

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by Scottish 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 UK charts and No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts in 1989, plus, five years later, #3 in the US 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 Stadium on 6 July 2005, to symbolise the conclusion of The Long Walk To Justice.

The song is popular in Scotland, where at Hampden Park, every time the national football team scores, the song is played and sung along to by Scotland fans. This also occurs at Murrayfield Stadium when the Scotland rugby union team scores a try. The song receives a similar kind of following at darts events when played as a "walk on" tune for Scottish player Robert Thornton. It was featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Benny & Joon, when one of the film's stars, Mary Stuart Masterson, kept on playing Sunshine on Leith while filming the movie and the filmmakers took special notice of this song in particular. As a result the original music video was re-edited with clips from the film. The inclusion of the song on the popular film is what ended up making the song popular in the United States and is why it is commonly regarded in America as a 1990s song, even though it was recorded in the 1980s. In 2006, the song was featured as a running gag on the Family Guy season 4 episode You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives. 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.

The cover of this song by Steven Chapman was played by NASA as the wakeup call to the crew of the International Space Station and STS-130 on Flight Day 14/15.


Track listing


Original 1988 version

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


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.[1] 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[2]

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


Preceded by
"Walk This Way" by Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud
United Kingdom number-one single (Comic Relief version)
March 25, 2007 - April 8, 2007
Succeeded by
"Give It to Me" by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake


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