500 MILESHedy West was an American Folksinger and Songwriter. She was of the same generationas Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and others of the American folk music revival. Musically shewas the equal of any of her peers. Her stylistic range was far narrower, but arguably fardeeper. She was described by the great English folk musician Al Lloyd as “far and awaythe best of American girl singers in the [folk] revival”. Born Hedwig Grace West in themountains of northern Georgia, she had a darkly authentic folk tradition in her blood.“500 Miles” has been covered by hundreds of artists over the years, and is her mostpopular song.If you miss the train, I’m on,You will know that I am gone.You can hear the whistle blowOne hundred miles.One hundred miles, one hundred miles,One hundred miles, one hundred miles,You can hear the whistle blowOne hundred miles.Lord, I’m one, lord, I’m two,Lord, I’m three, Lord, I’m four,Lord, I’m five hundred milesAway from home.Five hundred miles, five hundred miles,Five hundred miles, five hundred miles,Lord, I’m five hundred milesAway from home.Not a shirt on my back,Not a penny to my name.Lord, I can’t go a-homeThis a-way.This a-way, this a-way,This a-way, this a-way,Lord, I can’t go a-home this a-way.
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