2000 Miles

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"2000 Miles"
Single by Pretenders
from the album Learning to Crawl
B-side "Fast or Slow (The Law's the Law)"
Released 1983
Format 7-inch
Genre New wave, Christmas
Length 3:40
Label Real Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Writer(s) Chrissie Hynde
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Pretenders singles chronology
"My City Was Gone"
(1982)
"2000 Miles"
(1983)
"Middle of the Road"
(1983)
Gatefold image
Cover image of gatefold single release (Real ARE 20F)

"2000 Miles" is a song by The Pretenders that was released in 1983 (see 1983 in music) as the preceding single to their 1984 album, Learning to Crawl. It was most popular in the UK, where it peaked at No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1983. In the US, it was released as the B-side of both the 7-inch single and 12-inch single remix of the band's hit, "Middle of the Road." Considered a Christmas song, it has been released on various Christmas compilation albums. While most people believe 2,000 miles is the distance between two long distance lovers who miss each other over the holidays, it is actually meant to be for James Honeyman-Scott, the group's original guitar player, who died the year before the song was released.[citation needed] The official video features lead singer Chrissie Hynde dressed as a member of the Salvation Army in a snowy location.

Cover versions[edit]

Many artists have covered the song, including Coldplay, KT Tunstall, who performed the song at the televised Radio 2 Music Club event on December 5, 2007, at the O2 arena. This was made available as a download only charity single. In 2010 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released a cover version of the song on a 7-inch vinyl single. A music video for the track was also released. Also in 2010, Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia released a cover version as a free download on her website.

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