Miles Away was written by Josh Ritter after he looked through a book containing pictures of earth, taken from space.
It has a sense of not just being away from home, but being away from what is familiar.
Travelling yesterday was disconcerting.
Little things, like the over two-thirds empty long-term car park at Adelaide airport, walking through its people-less forecourt and ground floor, standing a little bit lost at the unstaffed makeshift Virgin check-in desk at 8.50am on a Monday morning – it didn’t open until 9.00 because no Virgin flights were due to leave for two hours after that, the masks, the cordoned off areas in both Adelaide and Brisbane terminals, the empty drop-off / pick-up lane at Brisbane.
All so familiar, yet so very different.
Came into this world, I was lost not found
It did not hold me in its arms like it holds me now
So I dreamed myself a bird who could cross the waves
And I woke up just a man who was miles away