Five Hundred Miles Away from Home - chords, tab and comments
This song made famous by Bobby Bare, and in many ways a commercial international breakthrough for country music. It pestered hit lists throughout the world, and along with Mel Tills' "Detroit City", it made Bobby Bare a pop artist. But he didn't write the song. He had some influence, and Hedy West and Charlie Williams put new words and arrangement to the traditional "500 Miles", and came away with it. There was nobody alive to sue. The song and theme is adapted, and they did a good job. The song has been recorded by Bill Anderson, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Priestie Boys, Lonnie Donegan, Gene Vincent, Joe Simon and maybe a lot of others: in 1995 Reba McEntire cut a final version, adding a lost verse; excluding Bare's reciting part. My lyrics combine them.
teardrops fell on mama's note
when I read the things she wrote
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she said "we miss you son, we love you: come on home"
well I didn't have to pack
I had it all right on my back
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now I'm five hundred miles away from home
away from home away from home
cold and tired and all alone
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yes I'm five hundred miles away from home