"Five Hundred Miles" as written by and Hedy West....
If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
A hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

Lord I'm one, Lord I'm two, Lord I'm three, Lord I'm four
Lord I'm five hundred miles from my home
Five hundred miles, five hundred miles, five hundred miles, five hundred miles
Lord I'm five hundred miles from my home

Not a shirt on my back, not a penny to my name
Lord I can't go home this away
This way, this way, this way, this way
Lord I can't go home this away

If you miss the train I'm on you will know that I am gone
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles


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    Song MeaningThis song is done in the style of many old negro spirituals, many of which had a double meaning in aiding the escape of slaves. This one sounds more like a marching tune for escaped slaves to be singing on the road, though, since the meaning would be difficult to mistake. (My interpretations are in parentheses.)

    If you miss the train I'm on (the Underground Railroad),
    you will know that I am gone (I've run away from Master)
    You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles (That's how far the local slave-catchers will chase me)

    ...

    Lord I'm one, Lord I'm two, Lord I'm three, Lord I'm four,
    Lord I'm five hundred miles from my home (That's roughly how far it is to the Free States/Canada)

    ...

    Not a shirt on my back, not a penny to my name (This is a grueling journey)
    Lord, I can't go home this-a-way (because if I do, Master will beat me to death)
    Inyarearon September 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about death.
    if u miss the train im on, u will know 'im gone'' (meaning the spirit leaving the body)
    lord im 500 miles away from home (afterlife)
    etc etc.... :)
    rachel5887on January 01, 2016   Link

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