Walking Distance

George Kelly: Guitar, Vocal
Mark McCoy: Harmony Vocal
Bridgett Grace-Bailiff: Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson: Backing Vocals
Bill Gaff: Keyboards
Paul Finazzo: Bass
Dave Taylor: Drums
Dennis Sheridan: Percussion
Russ Miller: Soprano Sax
Julien Labro: Accordion

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Walking Distance

Can you still get there from here
Can you return to those years
Can you still get there from here
Seems it's only walking distance

Remember we walked through the woods into
The open fields, the Elysian Fields
Wish that nothing had been changed,
Youth untouched, innocence the same
Many lifetimes ago, in spring hope was eternal and the grass did grow
There was so much we did not know, many lifetimes ago

And we remember our old friends, and we want to go back again
Allotment of threescore and ten, how much time's been spent
Many lifetimes ago, when the air was thick, the summer bright with hope
No such thing as growing old, many lifetimes ago

The progress of the seasons seemed so slow, that time stood still
But every year the leaves turned gold, we watched October come and go
Many lifetimes ago, when the leaves did fall upon a country road
We began to see our dreams unfold, many lifetimes ago

All our yesterdays have come and gone, we've seen the darkness, we've seen the dawn
It seems that now you just cannot go home, after you've been gone so long
Many lifetimes ago, now the ground is frozen, and it's covered with snow
There's still so much that we don't know, how much lifetime to go

Can you still get there from here 
Can you return to those years 
Can you still get there from here 
Seems it's only walking distance






 

This song idea came from a Twilight Zone episode entitled, oddly enough, Walking Distance. One of my favorite Zone episodes, written by the inimitable Rod Serling and featuring a score by Bernard Herrmann, who wrote many Hitchcock scores including the ones for Psycho and North By Northwest. 

I grew up in a small town outside Worcester, Massachusetts, an idyllic place I often refer to as Willoughby (sourced from another Twilight Zone episode called A Stop At Willoughby), which provided much of the inspiration for the piece.

A few Boston authors are quoted as well: All Our Yesterdays is lifted directly from the Robert  B. Parker title. 

The progress of the seasons line comes from a great George V. Higgins book called
The Progress of the Seasons: 40 Years of 
Baseball In Our Town
, which I would recommend to anyone from New England or for that matter, any baseball fan.

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Russ Miller

Russ Miller

Harvey Thompson

Harvey Thompson

Paul Finazzo, Bill Gaff

Paul Finazzo, Bill Gaff

Mark McCoy

Mark McCoy

Julien Labro

Julien Labro

Bridgett Grace-Bailiff

Bridgett Grace-Bailiff

Dennis Sheridan

Dennis Sheridan