Song of the Day #4,601: ‘Many the Miles’ – Sara Bareilles

When today’s song popped up as my Random Weekend selection, my first thought was to write about Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice as a great debut album. I’ve been meaning to do a series of posts on my favorite debuts, and this one would certainly make the cut.

But when I called up Bareilles’ discography, I learned that while 2007’s Little Voice was the singer-songwriter’s major label debut, it is actually her second album.

Bareilles independently released an album called Careful Confessions in 2004. That record features seven studio tracks and four live recordings. Six of its songs would be re-recorded for Little Voice.

Careful Confessions is available on Amazon Music, so I gave it a quick spin. It’s interesting to hear early versions of songs I know so well. The higher-end production on Little Voice adds something but there is a charm in these do-it-yourself tracks.

Bareilles was smart to exclude the other songs from Little Voice in favor of new compositions. Nothing else on the album quite measures up, with one exception: a bluesy ballad called ‘Undertow.’

One note about today’s SOTD: Then-President Barack Obama included it on his 2016 Summer Playlist months before he left office and the country went to hell.

[Verse 1]
There’s too many things that I haven’t done yet
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
But now and again I lose sight of the good life
I get stuck in a low light
But then Love comes in

[Chorus]
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the mile
Many the mile
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Chorus]
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
Follow you Love

[Verse 3]
Red letter day and I’m in a blue mood
Wishing that blue would just carry me away
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

[Outro]
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 mile
Many the mile
How far do I have to go to get to you
Many the miles
Many the miles
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
Many the miles
Oh send me the miles and I’ll be happy to
Follow you Love
There’s too many things I haven’t done yet
Too many sunsets I haven’t seen

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,601: ‘Many the Miles’ – Sara Bareilles

  1. Maddie says:

    😂 love your final note and always been a big fan of this song and album. I feel like I get to deep dive into a new Sara song every month or so and discover it as a favorite, and this one was my obsession a few months back. Great stuff 👌🏼

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m sure a deep dive into Sara Bareilles (discography) would be enjoyable. 😊

  3. Amy says:

    Other than enjoying her first hit song, I didn’t think much about Bareilles until Ben Folds, the rest of The Sing-Off’s tv audience, and I became charmed by her constructive critiques and encouragement when she was a judge on that show. Still, it wasn’t until seeing her perform on Broadway in Waitress that I came to fully appreciate her talent, as well as her personality. I hope she continues to act, as she’s a natural.

  4. andrea katz says:

    Completely new discovery for me. I am in love!

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