Five Hundred Miles
Justin Timberlake Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands Lyrics


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If you missed 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 away from home

Away from home, away from home,
Away from home, away from home
Lord, I'm five hundred miles away from home

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

This ole way, this ole way,
This ole way, this ole way,
Lord, I can't go back home this this ole way

If you missed 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




You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Five Hundred Miles" by Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands tell the story of a person who is a long way from home, unable to return due to some unknown circumstances. The opening lines of the song, "If you missed the train I'm on / You will know that I am gone / You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles," suggest that the singer is physically leaving their current location on a train. The repetition of "a hundred miles" throughout the song emphasizes the distance between the singer and their home, as well as their isolation and vulnerability.


The lyrics also reveal that the singer is penniless and without even a shirt on their back, which suggests that they may be running away from something or someone. However, they express a sense of determination and persistence in staying away from their past life, declaring, "Lord, I can't go back home this ole way." The final repetition of "You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles" reinforces the sense of loss and separation that permeates the song.


Overall, the lyrics to "Five Hundred Miles" are a poignant depiction of a person who is far from home and struggling to make their way in the world. The use of repetition and the haunting melody contribute to the song's melancholy mood, and the sparse instrumentation emphasizes the singer's sense of loneliness and isolation.


Line by Line Meaning

If you missed the train I'm on
If you didn't catch the same opportunity that I did


You will know that I am gone
You'll realize that I'm no longer present


You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
You can perceive the sound signaling the train's departure from a far distance


A hundred miles, a hundred miles,
A significant distance away


Lord, I'm one, Lord, I'm two,
I've been traveling for a long time


Lord, I'm three, Lord, I'm four
I've been on this journey for so long that it feels like ages


Lord, I'm five hundred miles away from home
I'm separated from everything I know by a great physical distance


Away from home, away from home,
Far away from where I belong


Lord, I can't go back home this ole way
I can't go back using the same means by which I came


This ole way, this ole way,
The same path that led me here


You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
The impending journey's departure is imminent and audible from far away


You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
The train is leaving soon


You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles
The train is leaving soon




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Written by: HEDY WEST

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