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  1. A Million Miles to the City

From the album Red Beet Records - 2013

Lyrics

Olive Hill, Kentucky - boyhood home of the great Tom T. Hall - is hard and lovely and isolated. A place to dream and to curse, to leave and to miss. Maybe other places are like that, too.

Tom T. Hall (Warner/Chappell Music)

Yeah, I remember it now
We were kids back then
Living down on the farm
We were told that the city
Could only bring us harm
How far is it to the city, somebody said
Oh, that’s a great big town
Barbara said, “Why, it’s a million miles”
And the story got around

It’s a million miles to the city
From the hills and the valleys we know
It’s a million miles to the city
And someday we all want to go

There was a town nearby
But a town is a town
And a city, well, that’s something else
Our daddy had been to a city
But he never was much help
Why, the buildings were taller than oak trees, he said
But we knew better than that
Ain’t nobody could climb that high
The cities were wide and flat

It’s a million miles to the city
From the hills and the valleys we know
It’s a million miles to the city
And someday we all want to go

Well, now time has passed
And we have grown
And traveled far and wide
The cities have changed the kids we were
We see it in each others’ eyes
I’d love to go back to those hills again
To the boy I used to be
Where the leaves, and the wind, and the whipporwills
Were part of the land, like me
Part of the land, like me

It’s a million miles to the city
From the hills and the valleys we know
It’s a million miles to the city
And someday we all want to go

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