"A Thousand Miles" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
Making my way down town
Walking fast
Faces pass
And I'm home bound

Staring blankly ahead
Just making my way
Making a way
Through the crowd

And I need you
And I miss you
And now I wonder
If I could fall
Into the sky
Do you think time
Would pass me by
'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you, tonight

It's always times like these
When I think of you
And I wonder If you ever think of me

'Cause everything's so wrong
And I don't belong
Living in
Your precious memory

'Cause I need you
And I miss you and now I wonder
If I could fall
Into the sky
Do you think time
Would pass me by, oh
'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you tonight

And I, I don't want to let you know I,
I drown in your memory I,
I don't want to let this go
I,I don't.

Making my way down town walking fast
Faces pass
And I'm home bound

Staring blankly ahead
Making my way
Making a way
Through the crowd

And I still need you
And I still miss you
And now I wonder
If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time, would pass us by
'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you, now

If I could fall into the sky
Do you think time would pass me by
'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles
If I could just see you
If I could just hold you, tonight.


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"A Thousand Miles" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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  • +5
    Song MeaningI'm amazed at how many people misinterpret this song. It may be a love song but this is really a song about HEARTBREAK. If you think this song is about two people in love then you were fooled by the pretty melody and aren't actually paying attention to the lyrics. Even the first lines give it away:

    Makin my way downtown
    Walkin fast
    Faces pass and I'm homebound
    Starin blankly ahead
    Just makin my way
    Makin my way
    Through the crowd

    Does this sound like a happy relationship? She is not going to HIS home, she is going to her OWN home. She has clearly experienced a heartbreak which is why she is walking this way, without emotion, just trying to get home.

    If I could fall
    Into the sky
    Do you think time
    Would pass me by

    She wants to freeze time to stop the heartbreak. She doesn't want it to end.

    This isn't a happy song. In fact you can hear how sad she is with the words. You can hear exactly how crushed she is. She wants something so badly that she can never have. Maybe he died, maybe he dumped her, but this song is NOT about two people who would walk 1,000 miles to see each other. This song is about ONE PERSON who would walk 1,000 miles to try to save a dying flame.
    bobsagon February 17, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMakin my way downtown
    Walkin fast
    Faces pass and I'm homebound
    Starin blankly ahead
    Just makin my way
    Makin my way
    Through the crowd

    It seems like she is lost in her own world thinking about the boy she loves- ‘faces pass’ whilst she stares ‘blankly ahead’, as if everything has been rendered meaningless without him including herself. She’s just become part of the crowd as if without him and his love she isn’t complete as a person in her own right….almost as if she has lost part of herself and her identity through losing him.

    And I need you
    And I miss you
    And now I wonder
    If I could fall
    Into the sky
    Do you think time
    Would pass me by
    Cause you know I'd
    Walk a thousand miles
    If I could just see you tonight

    They’ve broken up for whatever reason, possibly distance (sad…) yet she clearly still loves him, needs him and misses him. She wants to just fall into the sky and escape reality because it’s nothing without him. She wants time to pass her by until she can see him again because that’s all she wants and she would do anything to see him- even walk a thousand miles. However, I don’t think it’s necessarily about someone already in a relationship, it could be about someone who loves someone who doesn’t feel the same….it’s really open to anyone!

    Its always times like these
    When I think of you
    And wonder if you ever think of me
    Cause everythings so wrong
    And I dont belong
    Living in your precious memory

    When she’s alone and lost in her thoughts she always thinks of him and she wonders if he thinks of her as well. Maybe she thinks that he isn’t in love with her like she is with him or that he is too good for her…but I think it could also be read as her thinking that this is all wrong and that they shouldn’t be apart and that she shouldn’t just be in his memory, she should be in his here and now….

    Cause I need you
    And I miss you
    And now I wonder
    If I could fall
    Into the sky
    Do you think time
    Would pass me by
    Cause you know I'd
    Walk a thousand miles
    If I could just see you tonight

    And I...
    I...
    Dont want to let you know
    I...
    I...
    Drown in your memory
    I...
    I...
    Dont want to let this go
    I...
    I...
    Don’t

    She is afraid to talk to him about how much she is missing him in case he is moving on….she’s drowning in her desperation to be with him but doesn’t want to hold him back.

    Makin my way downtown
    Walkin fast
    Faces pass and I'm homebound
    Staring blankly ahead
    Just makin my way
    Makin a way
    Through the crowd
    And I still need you
    And I still miss you
    And now I wonder
    If I could fall
    Into the sky
    Do you think time
    Would pass us by
    Cause you know I'd
    Walk a thousand miles
    If I could just see you
    If I could fall
    Into the sky
    Do you think time
    Would pass me by
    Cause you know I'd
    Walk a thousand miles
    If I could just see you
    If I could just hold you tonight

    I reckon a lot of people can relate to this song, particularly those in long distance relationships….it’s such a cute song though- simple yet meaningful. It’s sad too though  But I guess it’s no secret that love hurts *sigh*
    loveisthemovement08on September 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song to me means that you love somebody so much that you do anything and go anywhere to be with them. i love this song, it's one of my favorites. it also scores brownie points with me because vanessa's from milford pa, which is about 10 miles from my house and she's a friend of mine :-) LOL
    dirty_pop_singer413on April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does this song mean to me? it means you love someone verrrrrrry much and you'd do anything to see them
    funnione0622on March 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a person missing a loved one and really wants to see them and be with them forever.
    songmasteron April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree w/funnione0622. it's about doing anything in your power to see someone u love...even if it means walking 1,000 miles.
    heltiazbaon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt means love... plain pure and simple. im young and even i know that. This is a beautiful form of i love you thru anything.
    girlw_attitude2000on April 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. its a great bf/gf song...and vanessa carlton is so cute and great on the piano!!
    bescheiden04on April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont usually like pop songs but theres just something about this one that .. clicked for me. My friends and i went out for a random drive one day and listened to this over and over, it was like one of those cheesy scenes in movies where everyone's so happy u'd throw up, but it was also really cool .. =)
    catch me fallingon April 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTheres something about this song that i really really like. Vanessa is very talented. the lyrics are really catchy as is the beat. To me this song is about loving someone so much that no matter what you had to go through you would be with them if they needed you 2.
    LiveUrLifeon May 01, 2002   Link

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