Lou Sorrentino

 

Million Miles From the City

03:51
2005-08-28

Story

My father only knew how to clean the smelly horse stalls for the New York Police, his first real job after completing a five year prison bid for passing a phony ten dollar bill. One day he read an ad for a horseback riding instructor job at a new summer camp for affluent kids in the country. "With a dream, a song and a smile" he borrowed the fare and took a train to what is now a prominent alternative high school for wayward rich teenagers in Connecticut. On sheer bravado, he got the job and married the camp secretary who was twenty years younger. They transformed the dark past into the treasures of an amazing life. Their story still inspires us to follow our dream.

Lyrics

He answered an ad in the new York Times for a horseman to work in a camp. Now he didn't know much about saddles and stuff but he knew how to talk through his hat. From Gardner's Lake, to Minnie Island, he rode with his head held high. When the city man met the country girl he knew he'd be stayin' a while. A Million Miles from the City with a dream, a song and a smile. A dreamer, a singer, a lover with a passionate love for life; singin' his song, this is his song! Mine the treasures of childhood. Open up the door of your teens. Family is what matters most. Believe in your dreams. Hold on to all of your memories; the laughter and the tears. Let then be your best friend for all of your years; remember when. He'd sing out loud in a restaurant. He'd laugh and strike a pose. Little children loved it when he touched his chin to his nose. He bought me my first guitar and told me I'd be a star. Poppa, when you said it I knew I'd go far. A Million Miles from the City with a dream, a song and a smile. A dreamer, a singer, a lover with a passionate love for life; singin' his song, this is his song! Mine the treasures of childhood. Open up the door of your teens. Family is what matters most. Believe in your dreams. Hold on to all of your memories; the laughter and the tears. Let then be your best friend for all of your years; remember when.