When you want to express your love for someone, distance can provide a good measure. My kids are always trying to out do me on this. If I say, "I love you to the moon and back" they'll respond with something like, "I love you around the earth, to the moon and back a hundred-bazillion times". It's very sweet. Songwriters have also used distance to describe dedication, and I've come to the conclusion that the shortest distance a songwriter can use to express a great love is 500 miles. Anything over that is icing on the cake (or overkill). Anything less simply does not make the point strong enough. 200 miles? Nah. You can jump in the car and cover that in 3 hours. Some people commute 300 miles each day. 400 is getting close, but you could probably get there and back before the sun goes down. It's not until you get to 500 miles that the sentiment starts to really mean something. 500 miles is a haul no matter how you look at it. At 500 miles, you're talking a full 8 or 9 hours of driving, and you'll need some cash for a hotel if the object of your affection is not impressed with your pilgrimage.
The songs in this playlist all use a distance of 500 miles to get their point across.
500 Mile Songs
1. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
2. 500 Miles Away From Home - Bobby Bare
3. 500 Miles - Peter, Paul and Mary
4. 500 Miles - Tori Amos
5. 500 Miles High - Chick Corea
6. 500 Miles From Yesterday - Jackie DeShannon
7. 500 Miles From Here - Papa Truck
8. 500 Miles To Go - The Heartbeats
9. 18 Wheels 500 Miles - The Bays Brothers
10. 500 Miles , 18 Years and One Relationship - Rave On
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