|From The Poke: Time Well Wasted.
Here is another version with Mary Stewart Masterson and another with the lads, and yet another with the lads all grown up.
Many fans ask what the meaning of haver (or haiver) is. According to the OED and other online sources, it is a chiefly Scottish or northern English term meaning "To talk garrulously and foolishly; to talk nonsense."
In any case, it is one of several things the singer would walk 500 miles -- or even 500 more -- to do with (or to) the object of his affection. The map above answers the most obvious geographic question raised by the song. I bet that some of my other students, though, can take this a bit farther if they use their atlases or GIS tools to answer a few more:
- What are the surface areas of the two circles in which this lover would be willing to walk? We have the radii (500 and 1,000), so the rest should be simple.
- What portion of these areas is walkable, i.e., dry land?
- What if he went only by roads?
- What languages might he haver in once he got there?