When I wake up, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next to you
When I go out, yeah, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you

If I get drunk, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I haver, yeah, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand
Miles to fall down at your door

When I'm working, yes, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's working hard for you
And when the money comes in for the work I'll do
I'll pass almost every penny on to you

When I come home (when I come home), oh, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if I grow old, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand
Miles to fall down at your door

When I'm lonely, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's lonely without you
And when I'm dreaming, well, I know I'm gonna dream
I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you

When I go out (when I go out), well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
When I come home (when I come home), yes, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I'm gonna be the man who's coming home with you

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand
Miles to fall down at your door

But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand
Miles to fall down at your door


Lyrics submitted by bambi3k, edited by azureillusions


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  • +3
    General CommentHadrian's Wall, which was built eight-hundred years before England even existed? No I think that 500 Miles is the best thing to come out of Scotland since Adhesive postage stamps, Anaesthetics, Antisepsis, Artificial Diamonds, Advertising films, Agricultural Reaping Machine, Bakelite/Damard, Bank of England, Latent Heat, Brownian Movement, Buicks, Colloid Chemistry, Pneumatic Tyres, Chemical Bonds, Cure for scurvy, Decimal Point, Encyclopedia Britannica, Engineering sciences, Fax Machines, First cloned mammal, Flailing machines, Geosciences,
    Golf, Halloween, The Historical Novel, hypodermic syringes, Iron Bridges, King Arthur, The Kelvin scale of temperature, Percussion Powder, Logarithms, Maxwell's Equations in Electromagnetism, Marmalade, Mackintosh Raincoats, Macadamised roads, Microwave Ovens, Penicillin, Postcards, Paraffin, Hollow-pipe drainage, Peter Pan, Radar Defense System, Refrigerators, Planet Neptune, Quinine, The Steam Engine, Solitons, A cure for insomnia, The Steam-hammer, Sulphuric Acid, The telephone, Thermos bottles, The telegraph, Television, Tubular steel, Sociology, Breech-loading rifle, Sherlock Holmes, Toad of Toad Hall, Long John Silver, Jekyll and Hyde, Auld Lang Syne, Paleobiology, Polarization of Light, Scotch Whisky, US Navy, Navy of Chile, Economics, The Cloud Chamber, and so on.
    MrGoodfellaon September 25, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwell ive just realised the ultimate fantasy- David Tennant singing this to me... BOOYAH! hahaha great song
    ggabyon March 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat the hell are you people talking about in here. What does blink 182 have to do with anything.
    theflyingfriggeron April 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol i love the fact that they wrote out all the 'da da da"s.

    this song makes me happy and is wonderfully self-explanatory
    fearandloathinginLVon March 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't think the meaning of this song is quite as obvious as people are making it out to be. this isn't a ''I WOULD DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING FOR YOU'' type of love song to me. i'm reading it as like "i would walk you home at night, i would party with you, i would even grow old with you, but i can't say i would do everything for you - i'm not completely self-sacrificing." that's why leading into the chorus he says i would do this and that BUT i would walk 500 miles and i would walk 500 more JUST TO BE THE MAN WHO WOULD walk 1000 miles to fall down at your door. the ''but'' and ''would'' in that chorus implies that he's NOT that man, and he can't be, but he can try his best. it could be that he can't satisfy her every emotional need or he's not romantic enough, but he wishes he was.
    sweetcoron87on July 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it!!!!!
    renzo131on March 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it!!!!!
    renzo131on March 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the song best written ever!
    kenoritoon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGo to the page below and then you can
    watch a couple of video clip of their music!

    There's video clip of "I`m Gonna Be (500 Miles)"!!

    Excellent!! You'll love it.

    proclaimers.co.uk/
    kenoritoon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the best drunk song, get smashed and crank it!!
    the other oneon April 15, 2002   Link

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