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About the song and notes for recorder

Embarking on the journey of learning to play the recorder can be both exhilarating and daunting, especially for beginners. Yet, imagine the joy of being able to play iconic songs like “500 Miles Away from Home” with ease, guided by picture notes that simplify the learning curve. This song, a testament to the longing and heartache of distance, was popularized in the 1960s, capturing the hearts of many with its soul-stirring lyrics and melody. Composed by Hedy West, Bobby Bare, Charlie Williams, and recorded by Bare in 1963, it delves into the universal theme of homesickness, making it a relatable piece for people across generations.

“500 Miles Away from Home” is not just a song; it’s a narrative of longing, a bridge across time and space, connecting listeners to the essence of human emotions. The lyrics, “I’m five hundred miles away from home…Teardrops fell on mama’s note when I read the things she wrote,” resonate with anyone who has ever felt the pangs of being far from loved ones. For those embarking on their musical journey with the recorder, this song serves as an excellent choice. With the help of a recorder songbook with pictures, beginners can navigate the melody through picture notation for the recorder, making the learning process both fun and rewarding. The song’s simple yet profound melody is perfect for recorder lessons for beginners, offering a soulful experience that transcends mere practice. Whether you’re a child or an adult, the universal appeal of “500 Miles Away from Home” makes it a cherished addition to any recorder learning book for adults or recorder book for kids, promising an enriching musical adventure that touches the heart.

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Some of the notes on our website contain the full version of the song, and some are excerpts, or for example the very beginning, chorus or verse, etc. Full versions of all the notes can be found in our books and e-books: SHOP.

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