"500 Miles Away from Home" is a folk song made popular in the United States and Europe during the 1960s folk revival.
The simple repetitive lyrics offer a lament by a traveler who is far from home, out of money and too ashamed to return.
"500 Miles" is Hedy West's most anthologized song in 1961.
Rewritten with new lyrics by American country music singer Bobby Bare,
it charted as a hit single in 1963.
Bobby Bare is born April 7, 1935 in Ironton, Ohio.
His story is nearly as fascinating as his music. Bare's mother died when he was five. His father couldn't earn enough money to feed his children, forcing the family to split up. Bare was working on a farm by the time he was 15 years old, later working in factories and selling ice cream to support himself. Building his first guitar, he began playing music in his late teens, performing with a local Ohio band in Springfield.