So Far Away

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Helen’s prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is to post a song about missing someone you love. I thought of my adult children who live in Amma’s ashram in Amritapuri, India.

Carole King’s song So Far Away definitely meets the criteria. While I wouldn’t want Sreejit and Chaitanya to live anywhere else, I can sure relate to these lines of the song: “So far away” and “It would be so fine to see your face at my door.”

So Far Away, written by Carole King, was released March 1971 on her album Tapestry.

Lyrics:

So far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn’t help to know you’re just time away

Long ago I reached for you and there you stood
Holding you again could only do me good
Oh, how I wish I could
But you’re so far away

One more song about moving along the highway
Can’t say much of anything that’s new
If I could only work this life out my way
I’d rather spend it being close to you

But you’re so far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn’t help to know you’re so far away

Traveling around sure gets me down and lonely
Nothing else to do but close my mind
I sure hope the road don’t come to own me
There’s so many dreams I’ve yet to find

But you’re so far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore
It would be so fine to see your face at my door
Doesn’t help to know you’re so far away

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23 thoughts on “So Far Away

  1. I LOVE Carol King!! When I saw her name, I of course, thought of You Got A Friend when you emailed me about this post:) I can only imagine how you must miss your children even though you are happy for them. I’m sure they appreciate your nice long visit late autumn to beginning of winter…those are sad times in our neck of the woods when away from those we love.

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    1. When I wrote you the email, I was thinking of how much you miss your mom and grandmother. I wanted to make sure you saw the prompt. But I can understand why you would think of You Got a Friend!!!

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    2. On the day Al and I got married we went to church in the morning. That day Roberta Flack and Quincy Jones were in the church. Roberta Flack sang You Got a Friend!

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  2. I so relate to how you describe the absence of your adult children, them being at Amritapuri with Amma, wishing you could see the more often, that they would just drop by. Holding the experience of it all.
    I remember 2 or 3 years ago, I think it was Amma’s birthday, I was hanging out in my flat and there was a knock on the door. I opened it and for a moment could not register what I was seeing. There, standing in all of his 6’2″+ was Andrew! After a moment of speechlessness. I let out a huge scream of utter delight, followed by several more. Concerned neighbors came out to see what the ruckus was about. I was reminded by one person that this is an ashram, a place to be quiet, to which I replied something like “my son is here” as I jumped around in joy. I do laugh thinking back on that comment!
    I was so happy. Andrew stayed for 3 days. I laugh at that too. Sometimes living in the spur of the moment is fabulous, and the idea of flying to India for 3 days is way beyond the scope of my imagination. The fact that he came to see me, and Amma in this way fills my heart with love and joy.

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