If you’ve ever attended a wedding reception or hit up a club during ’90s retro night, there’s a good chance you’ve danced to the Proclaimer’s track “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” It’s the classic from one-hit-wonder twins Charlie and Craig Reid that shuns their Scottish roots, and gives all the glory to the imperial system. Although, we get that 500 kilometres is a little too wordy for a catchy chorus.
The catchy love song talks a big game, but is low on location details. For those of us who have taken a moment during our “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” dancing haze to ponder exactly how long 500 miles, then 500 more miles would take a person to walk, there’s now an answer.
If the Scottish twins started their journey of love in their native Edinburgh, heading eastward (why not?), they’d end up near the coast of Lithuania.
How far The Proclaimers would walk just to be the man to fall down at your door. pic.twitter.com/YFdKCBup0f
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) September 3, 2016
Of course, this route would include walking on water, and while love can conquer all etc etc, giving the brothers a Jesus complex may be a bit much. If the band decided instead to head south and stick to dry land, the first 500 miles of their journey would take 160 hours on foot and end in Cornwall.
— Scott F (@escoces71) September 3, 2016
500 more, and, well, they might as well just circle back and end up at your door, ’cause chances are you live pretty close. It’s the thought that counts, though.
And you just thought dancing to the song was exhausting.