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3000 Miles (Emblem 3)
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A powerful heartfelt ballad about missing your loved ones when you're far from home. This song brings back echos of the best of rock ballads from the 90's, but still, a product of the 21st century. Emblem3 is a boy band which got known in 2012 while competing on the talent show The X Factor.

First winter's snowfall
Throwing backyard snowballs
Warming up by the fireplace
Marshmallows catch fire on an open flame
All my friends get together
Wishing I was there but I'm never
Living in the sunshine oh
But dreaming of a place called home

I wanna run wanna run away-ay
I'm dreaming of a place called home
I could try but I'm stuck in today
I'm dreaming of a place that's
3000 miles away
Feels like it's forever
Seems like yesterday
We were running 'round town together
This place, just ain't the same
I miss the stormy weather
I'm not okay
3000 miles away

You don't pick up but I keep redialing
Cause you're asleep got your phone on silent
Still early here I'm wide awake
I just wanna hear you tell me all about your day
Although I never really showed it
I had to leave for me to notice
That living in the sunshine's cold
I'm dreaming of a place called home

I wanna run wanna run away-ay
I'm dreaming of a place called home
I could try but I'm stuck in today
I'm dreaming of a place
That's 3000 miles away
Feels like it's forever
Seems like yesterday
We were running 'round town together
This place, just ain't the same
I miss the stormy weather
I'm not okay
3000 miles

If I could go back for the weekend
Or just for a day
To see familiar faces
That's all it would take
But it's too far

3000 miles away
Feels like it's forever
Seems like yesterday
We were running 'round town together
This place, just ain't the same
I miss the stormy weather
I'm not okay
3000 miles

3000 miles away
Feels like it's forever
Seems like yesterday
We were running 'round town together
This place, just ain't the same
I miss the stormy weather
I'm not okay
3000 miles away

SNOWFALL= Like “rain”, but with snow. SNOW is the frozen stuff and SNOWFALL is the act of snowing.

BACKYARD SNOWBALLS= They use the word “backyard” (a yard or patio at the back of a house) as an adjective to say what kind of snowballs (balls made of snow) they’re talking about. The result is the same as a locative, “backyard snowballs” means “snowballs thrown in the backyard”, which suggests intimacy, because you can play snowballing in the street with anyone, but if you are in a backyard, you are in someone’s house, so you have a relationship.

WARMING UP= Getting warm.

FIREPLACE= The part of a chimney inside a room, where the fire is burning. A chimney is basically made up of two parts, the “chimney top”, which is the part you can see above the roof, outside, and the “fireplace”, which is the part that you can see in the room, where fire burns. But most of the times we just use “chimney” both for the whole system and for each one of those two parts, so you can say that you are sitting by the chimney or that from the air you can see all the chimneys in the village.

MARSHMALLOWS= /mɑ:*ʃ,meləʊ/ A sweet puffy sugary confection, very spongy (see picture)
In the United States, when you go to a camp, or spend the weekend in the countryside camping with your friends, there is a tradition. At night, people get around a fire to tell stories and they make s’mores. A s’more is something so good that you always want “some more” (hence the name), so they say. To make one, you just put a marshmallow at the end of a stick and place it over the flames till it catches fire, then quickly blow the flames off and put it between two crackers or biscuits, often with some chocolate. Sounds strange but it’s yummy (see picture of a smore). Or you can just put the marshmallow higher above the flames, so it won’t catch fire, let it go hot and jelly, and then let it cool down before eating it (see picture). Anyway, in America we usually make the connection of campfire + friends + marshmallows, so when they talk about marshmallows catching fire on an open flame, we all know what they’re talking about: friends, intimacy, fun, adventure... And here is a video showing how to prepare delicious s'mores: How To Make S'mores by the Campfire.

OPEN FLAME= An open flame is a fire which is outdoors, and not inside a house, so it makes us think of a campfire (see picture).

WANNA= (coll.) Want to.

STUCK IN= If you are stuck in, you can’t move from where you are.

MILES= A mile is 1.6 kilometres. It is only used in the United States, the UK and a few little islands and British territories, while the rest of the world assumed the metric system long ago.

AIN’T= (very coll.) /eɪnt/ “Isn’t” (also “haven’t” or “hasn’t”)
- My mother ain’t home (isn’t)
- I ain’t got no money (haven’t)

STORMY WEATHER= With frequent storms and bad weather in general.

PICK UP= To pick up the phone is to get the phone when it is ringing so that you can answer it.

REDIALING= To re-dial is to dial again. To dial a number on the phone is to press the numbers for the person you want to call. A “dial” is a disc, and old phones used to have a disc that you had to move around (dial) for every number (see picture). Now we have buttons to press, but we still say “to dial a number”.

ON SILENT= Mute. If you don’t want your telephone to ring or sound in any way, you press the mute button so your phone is on silent and will not disturb you.

WIDE AWAKE= Completely awake.

FAMILIAR FACES= People you know.

THAT’S ALL IT WOULD TAKE= That’s the only thing needed.
- That’s all it takes to enter the competition = That’s the only thing you need to enter the competition.

Emblem3 formed in their home town of Sequim (population 6,606), Washington in 2007 before relocating to California to pursue their career. This slow ballad finds the trio longing to be back with their family and friends. "For me, this song is about home, and back in Washington state, the town that I grew up in, friends, family that I miss that I don't get to see anymore," Emblem 3 member Drew Chadwick explained to MTV News. "It's basically about missing them and reminiscing about all the good times you used to have."

Actually, the distance 3from Sequim to Los Angeles is not 3000 miles, but "just" 1175. They use "3000 miles" in the generical sense of "an extremely long distance". They're not talking about the real distance, but the distance they feel deep in their hearts.

Note: notice that we're not talking about the city of Washington, on the east coast, but about the state of Washington, on the north west coast, across the border with Canada.

 
 
 
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