"Many the Miles" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
There's too many things that I haven't done yet
There's too many sunsets I haven't seen
You can't waste the day wishing it'd slow down
You would've thought by now
I'd have learned something

I made up my mind when I was a young girl
I've been given this one world
I won't worry it away, no
Now and again I lose sight of the good life
I get stuck in a low light
But then love comes in

How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
But send me the miles and I'll be happy to follow you, love

I do what I can wherever I end up
To keep giving my good love
And spreading it around
'Cause I've had my fair share of take care and goodbyes
I've learned how to cry
And I'm better for that

Sing, how far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Send me the miles and I'll be happy to, yeah

Red letter day and I'm in a blue mood
Wishing that blue would just carry me away
I've been talking about
Don't know if it's helping or not
But surely something has got to, got to, got to give
'Cause I can't keep waiting to live

How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
But send me the miles and I'll be happy to yeah
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
I've been talking to God, don't know if it's helping or not
Many the miles
Many the miles
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Ooh, send me the miles and I'll be happy to
Follow you, love

There's too many things I haven't done yet
There's too many sunsets I haven't seen


Lyrics submitted by ld305, edited by Johann4u

"Many the Miles" as written by Sara Bareilles

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    General CommentFrom Sara's own words on her website...

    So I wrote this song as a reminder to myself to keep going in search of love and truth and light and it remains to be and ideal I love to stay connected to.

    I suck at it a lot of the time actually, to be honest. I get b*tchy, and bored, and irritable, and uninspired and I spend a lot of energy on what i don't like about myself. But at the end of a good day I can take solace in the fact that I am someone who truly wants to be peaceful. Who knows I have the capacity to be truly happy. Not every moment of everyday... but sometimes, and if I'm really committed... a lot of the time.

    I don't want to settle for less.
    laurenm209on September 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sooo awesome!

    Basically, I think it's about really wanting something and almost worrying yourself over it that you won't get it. I think it's sort of like a bittersweet feeling. You love something so much, but it's so far away from you, and you keep on trying and trying to get it, and in the end, you sort of end up asking "How far do I have to go to get to you?" But, I think this song is also saying that you shouldn't perish in an aim to fulfill your passions. You can't just stop living and start working and worrying, hoping that one day you'll get that thing you wanted (thus, "but surely something has got to got to got to give/cause i can't keep waiting to live")

    So, love something, and get it. But don't try so much that you're ruining yourself in the pursuit of it.
    panda050on March 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song covers a lot of topics,
    first, how she has yet to live fully, so she has to keep experiencing new things,
    second, she needs to live life to the fullest, that is her maxim,
    third, every once and a while she gets caught up in the hype, but love pulls her back,
    and fourth, she will go however far it takes to get to love...
    volkenaon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that's right.

    I think it's more along the lines of...

    She's got feelings for a guy, but he honestly either doesn't care or doesn't feel the same, so she's telling him to just tell her what he expects from her or she'll stop caring too because she can't keep wasting her life away chasing him.
    Liquefyon March 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song;]
    MusicIsLovexoxoon July 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about going through a lot of bad relationships

    "I've had my fair share of take care and goodbyes
    I've learnt how to cry and I'm better from that"

    And now she's trying to find the right guy for her, and she's wondering how long/how far it's gonna take her to find him.

    She's hoping it will be soon:

    "i've been talking to god don't know if it's helping or not
    but surely something has got to got to got to give
    cause i can't keep waiting to live"

    Indeed.
    missmeon September 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first when I just heard the song without paying a lot of attention I thought it was about being far away from someone you love and she was saying that she would go anywhere no matter how far to be with that person. BUT, paying close attention I realize now that Sara is so much more than what the "girls across the nation would eat up".

    Sara pretty much says in the piece Laurenm209 posted. It's perfect and totally sums it up.

    She sometiems get overwhelmed about life and how fast it goes and how she is scared of not leaving it right ("so many things I haven't done yet" "can't waste a day wishing it'd slowed down") and that makes her sad ("but now and again i lose sight of the good life i get stuck in a low light") but than love (the thing she is all about, the thing she thinks life is for, "the only good thing worth trying to be") makes it all better ("but then love comes in"). And she will go as far as she has to to follow that love.

    Amazing. I love Sara's songs more and more every day. Who hasn't felt that way, sad and frustrated because of all the things you haven't lived yet? Wondering if you're living your life right. And then she offers her insight, her piece of advice: love, follow it, go for it, don't let the rest get to you. Do everything for love and you'll be living your life to the fullest. And when I say love I don't mean the commercialized man&woman, couple kind of love. I mean and that's what I think she also means, love for everything in life. Love for life itself.
    obebeon November 16, 2009   Link

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