December 13, 2007

Coldplay covers The Pretenders for Christmas

Coldplay is streaming a lovely cover of the Pretenders song “2000 Miles” on their website with the above description. I’m definitely a Pretenders fan, and this song is filled with a melancholy longing and wistfulness, those things that a greeting-card Christmas isn’t supposed to be . . . but often is.

In these frozen and silent nights
sometimes in a dream you appear
outside under the purple sky
diamonds in the snow sparkle
our hearts were singing
it felt like Christmastime

2000 Miles (Pretenders cover) – Coldplay


  • Thanks Heather,
    KT Tunstall has a very faithful cover of the tune as well on her (Target stores only) Christmas EP

    Kevin lives in — December 13, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  • Hey there… Its funny, I never knew this track existed. Did you know it was posted in Dec 2003? Funny how things slip by… Anyway, I’m glad to finally discover this track and wouldn’t have known otherwise.

    P.S. If you go through their website to 2007, they just made a new post. It looks like Chris has written 5 more songs in the past two days. Those guys are working hard!

    musicunderfire — December 13, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  • I can’t wait to hear more from them.. they have a tough work ahead! critics and fans are expecting new things with a new sound! Chris himself said that it was a triology and then they’d move on.. I wonder what now..

    Uma Pessoa — December 13, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  • As Claudius said to Laertes “No place indeed should murder sanctuarise.”

    russell — December 13, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

  • I have this on my Christmas 2006 mix. Heather, help me – I need more songs. I’ve done two straight Xmas mixes that have 15 songs each and I only have 8 this year. I don’t want to start putting artists I don’t like.

    Smik — December 13, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  • Heather, this is great! I love it. Thanks for sharing it here.

    Barbara (aka Layla) — December 13, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

  • Heather!

    Thanks so much for this. I squealed when this opened on my iPod complete with the handwritten note as cover art. Your writing skills are enough to keep me here day in and day out, but these rare gems – not slapped up here – but given the attention to detail only a true music lover would feel the need to do… It makes my day.

    Thanks again!

    Anonymous — December 14, 2007 @ 3:10 am

  • No offense to Chrissie Hynde (though I don’t mind offending Coldplay) but Holly Cole does the best version of this, even if she can’t write lyrics like rock’s iconic rock chick.

    Hank — December 18, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  • If I can put in an early Christmas request? Could you re-upload this song? (Coldplay covering the Pretenders “2000 miles”) I just discovered your site, but noticed the download is no longer active. Thank you and peace!

    Anonymous — December 3, 2008 @ 9:35 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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