The Story of "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton

Vanessa Carlton wrote “A Thousand Miles” in her childhood home as a teenager. Little did she know the song would become an international smash hit, a film-soundtrack favorite, and would be repurposed by new artists and the internet for the next 20 years.
VICE meets Vanessa Carlton, "White Chicks" actor Terry Crews, and others responsible for making the song the indelible hit still widely adored today.
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  • Slow clap...👏Thank you for the music, Vanessa 💗🤗

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  • 14:50 pre fortnite 👌😂😂

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  • 2:44 now im hooked, i waaana know what happened 😭😭🥺🥺 plz

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  • the first time i heard this song was on White Chicks😂

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  • this story is very inspiring and full of great teachings

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  • this song reminds me of White Chicks movie 🥰

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  • The song came in the right time but wrong society

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  • Gosh! now I'm curious who's the actor the song was about. Come on, it was a long time ago, it would be fun to know...nvm

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  • make part 2 featuring yungeen ace

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  • 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮

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  • Ron is like a magician feeling the power of music going through his fingers

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  • I LOVE this song. :) Her song does reach to every part of corners

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  • Love the song. One of the hardest piano piece I have learned.

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  • This was the first “real”’song I learned on piano, forever my favorite to play still! My little siblings get extremely happy when I play it and they don’t even remember why because they were toddlers when I learned it. Piano and ballet were my distraction from the abuse I grew up in.

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  • This is so well done. I keep watching it over and over again. Please do more content like this.

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  • This song just like escape time through time.....

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  • She wrong for that serial killer bang though 😂

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  • woooow!!!!

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  • was recommended by a friend

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  • i thougt it was marlboro song

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  • Keep this video comcept coming VICE! Love it!

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  • She needs a hair stylist.

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  • Brilliant song and thanks for the insight to the journey to get this to be recorded. Still in my top5 of all time.

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  • The way I love that song a thousand miles I can't even imagine. It made my high school memorable 💞💞💪💪

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  • My 7 year old daughter became interested in playing piano as a result of watching this music video two years ago. Very interesting to learn about the back story.

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  • Do james blunt you're beautiful pleaseee!

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  • goosebumps when Vanessa started playing and there are clips of all people singing. Always wondered where you been together with Stacie Orrico, and michelle branch and the likes. ahhhhh early 2000s

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  • What's up with those bangs Vanessa?

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  • I love how she explained the song and its meaning to her now at 40. She says it's like a high school paper but shes a professional writer now in her 40's. That one sentence explained what the song means to her perfectly to us as the audience. It's almost as if it means more to the audience than it does to her. Almost as if it doesn't even belong to her. That's what good music does.

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  • Who I smoke...

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  • Do Michelle Branch!

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  • Wow... such a bitter sweet story. I'm not a fan of the song to be honest, but her... I think I just became a fan n.n

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  • Ooof, that producer is crazy!

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  • Hi Vox! Can you also make a 'The Story of: We Belong Together' or Always be my baby or any Mariah Carey super massive hit song episode🥺🤧✊🏽

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  • "THAT'S A HIT SWEETIE!" - Moms

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  • Just love this piece, wonderful!

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  • She was the last artist I saw live before leaving Nashville. I love how far she's come and the music she has made.

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  • I love to play piano again when I heard that instrumental.

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  • wow............. and here i was with the biggest crush... AND STILL AM....

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  • who i smoke

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  • Yesss vice❤️ thank you.

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  • Hahahah Sinatra at the end trying to steal the spotlight

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  • "BOOM! That's fucking smash"

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  • Dude I had no idea Vanessa Carlton got into smoking crack and hooking for dope. Not to mention all those times she said the N word. Thanks Vice.

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  • In all fairness to Ron, he did a great job of turning that riff into a hit.

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  • I’m a male but love all her songs

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  • Love Vanessa and both her new and old music, she's still creating nope but some of y'all don't know 😭♥️

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  • I love her thoughtfull vibe

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  • Her mom is so cute and on her deathbed or before I would really hope that she reveals who the song is about

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  • bro i still remember hearing this song for the first time in my friends house on her small tv as she decided to do this in karaoke

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  • This song is just one of those that seem to just flow through the universe and into person who wrote it, as if it came from a spiritual place but was gifted to Vanessa.

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  • Annoying to see comments like "she screwed her career, that's why she's living with her parents now" when she just occasionally stays with her parents every now and then, and in this occasion it was shot when she temporarily stayed at her parents' amidst of the height of pandemic last year. She's got her own estate in Nashville and New York and she got married in 2013 to Deer Tick's John McCauley, and it was officiated by Stevie Nicks. She has released 6 studio albums so far, the last 3 of which she went the indie direction. She also has released 3 live EP's and a cover EP and in 2019 she starred as Carole King in the Broadway musical Beautiful. She's never stopped creating art - just under the radar. AND you don't care if she decides to go on full Betty Page bangs for crying out loud. I know all these because I am one of her faithful fans since 2002. And its been great seeing Vanessa create music for herself and for us, her loyal fans post A Thousand Miles.

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    • It’s because they are perennial mobile phone scrollers and cannot be bothered to be informed first before commenting.

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  • I always thought it was green screen!

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  • I love A Thousand Miles but Ordinary Day is prob my favorite song ever.👌

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  • ok got it. She screwed up her career and now lives with her parents. ..

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    • Sorry to burst your bubble hon, but she owns huge apartments in NYC as well. This clip is from during quarantine last year btw =)

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    • Nope. She just temporarily stayed with her parents during the height of the pandemic last year when these videos were shot.

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  • Great story, had haircut.

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  • Terry Cruz sitting in the car like in White Chicks sent me lmao

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  • It's really nice to see and watched this video. I really love that song and Vanessa!

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  • For a guy who rocks Trivia Night, especially older music, etc.- I NEVER heard of this song before, or the artist.

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  • BOOM!!!!!!!!!

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  • Loved this music

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  • Vanessa’s mom is so proud. Love how she reacts to her daughter’s negativity.

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  • Who is the Juilliard Student, please someone tell me. 🙃

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  • I always loved White Houses.

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  • I encountered the song on SEslow a decade ago...around 2013 and fell in love a second hearing it. The piano riff was so ICONIC that I couldnt possibly forget! So many ppl here in Korea know or at least have heard of the song once. Its the song that will never get old but still be remembered, appreciated and inspire ppl whether in the usa or somewhere far like in Korea

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  • Shout out to White Houses. That is another Vanessa Carleton bop

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  • Wow its been a long time this song came out and 1 of my teen life songs.. great song👍

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  • I will always remember this song from White chicks!!!🤣🤣💀

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  • I am forever grateful to my best friend Shreesu for introducing me to this song almost a decade ago. She was exactly the one to me like how Vanessa described the person as the inspiration for the song. She is no more now, but she's left this wonderful memory with me forever.

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  • cool earrings

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  • I LOVED Vanessa!! I heard this song on the radio. Ran right out and bought this record! Then saw her live opening for the Goo Goo Dolls and have adored her ever since.

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  • What a story behind the song, it met my expectation. I had built an emotional connection when the song came out. Thank u for making this short documentary.

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  • Love love this song regards from UGANDA 🇺🇬

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  • This sucks eh hehe... eh hehe

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  • Hetchs Cool Springs Mall Franklin, Tn every damn day all damn day through out the department store.

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  • Who i smoke 🚬????? Bibbyy!!!!

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  • I’ve seen her live once a long time ago in Hollywood, she’s an amazing singer. The songs “I Don’t Want To Be A Bride” & “Nothing Where Something Use To Be” are two of my other favorites. 💖

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  • I remember being drafted and got to travel home during the summer of 2002 and this was all over the radio and made an instant "happy" impression in my mind. I still get a good feeling when I hear this, and I love it! Thanks for this doku :)

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  • I need a documentary now for her albums.

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  • Now, I need a movie about Vanessa's life.

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  • Ron feels music in his veins, I could see it!

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  • I still own that Album, I like every song in that album too.

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  • Love this series. Keep it up, VICE.

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  • I love this song .. it’s stilll so relevant

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  • Somewhat disturbing story about the pre-internet days of music, enough to make us all less nostalgic... I'll also note that Terry Crews is awesome.

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  • BAM! RON IS A FUCKING SMASH! Seriously...I love him.

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  • Really love you and your skill

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  • If anyone who hates 1000 miles out there, you have no soul not even the devil would put you on his team

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  • This song is Underrated. But legend!!!

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  • GUYS UNRELATED BUT BEFORE I AM CNSRED Please search up 'China’s Master Plan for World Domination Mini Docu' on utoobe for the sake of yourself and future generations - Cn is up to no good whatsoever, you cannot fathom how ruthless they will be and the regime will be worse than N@xzsiii's we all in the west will be oppressed and it won’t be the place we know today! It's not a simple matter of stopping to buy Chnse products/servicesSpitfySnpcht as well... They are getting creative with company mergings etc. and are buying up or putting countries like Africa etc. in debt and basically owning them!! PLEASE PAY HEEED! AND LET'S OPEN OUR EYES BEFORE THE BEAST BECOMES INDESTRUCTIBLE AND OPPPPRESSES US SNOWPIERCER STYLE IN A DECADE OR LESSS!!!!! SPREAD THE WORD AND SHARE ON TWTER ETC aniwea

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  • Man she could be killing it on youtube, spotify. She prob has a couple more hits in her.

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  • The narrative of "dropped by record label" and "wasn't going to be included on the album" is used to such excess now.

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  • Super annoying piano tune. Never understood why this song was so special...

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  • I went to a vanessa carlton concert way back when. I loved it when a thousand miles was sung :D

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  • I don't know why but I see her in Olivia Rodrigo when she was talking about how she turns to music! So random considering Olivia's idol is Taylor Swift (and I do see strong resemblances in them too). Now I'm wondering if Olivia would ever do a piano cover this iconic track lol. Vanessa still has a way with words when it comes to describing and I'm happy she gifted us this legendary song ❤

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  • "A thousand miles" the song of my life.

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  • This is a great documentary. Really shows the human side of everybody especially Vanessa. She is just like all of us except she was able to express herself with a great song that was able to touch people. Glad she is doing good and she is so grounded.

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  • I wonder if she heard The Who I smoke version 😭

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