Wagon Wheel Lyrics by Darius Rucker


Darius Rucker Lyrics

Wagon Wheel Lyrics
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(orig. by Old Crow Medicine Show)

Heading down south to the land of the pines
I'm thumbing my way into North Caroline
Staring up the road and pray to God I see headlights
I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Picking me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I'm a-hopin' for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight

So rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel
Hey momma rock me
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey momma rock me

Running from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old time string band
My baby plays a guitar, I pick a banjo now
Oh, north country winters keep a-getting me down
I lost my money playing poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain't turning back to living that old life no more

So rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel
Hey momma rock me
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey momma rock me

Walkin' to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly had a nice long toke
But he's a heading west from the Cumberland gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee
And I gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby calling my name and I know that she's the only one
And if I died in Raleigh at least I will die free

So rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel
Hey momma rock me
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey momma rock me
Writer: KETCH SECOR, BOB DYLAN
Copyright: Lyrics © SPIRIT ONE MUSIC

Wagon Wheel Info:

Wagon Wheel is off of Darius Rucker's third country album, True Believers. The was song originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. The song has also been covered by blues artist Matt Andersen and Against Me! in 2005, Jeremy McComb in 2007, Mumford & Sons in 2010, and Irish singer Nathan Carter in 2012.

The song describes a hitchhiking journey south along the eastern coast of the United States, from New England in the northeast to the intended destination of Raleigh, North Carolina, where the protagonist hopes to see his lover. The chorus and melody for the song comes from a demo recorded by Bob Dylan during the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid sessions with the title of "Rock Me Mama." Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show added partly autobiographical verses to Dylan's unfinished song transforming "Rock Me Mama" into "Wagon Wheel."

The song won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance.

From the Album:
True Believers (2013)

Released:
May 21, 2013

Recorded:
2003 at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee

Genre:
Country, Americana, folk, bluegrass

Length:
3:52

Writer:
Bob Dylan
Ketch Secor

Producer:
David Rawlings

Music video:
"Wagon Wheel" on YouTube

The clip was directed by Jim Wright and it features several guest appearances, including Jase, Korie, Sadie, Si and Willie Robertson from A&E's Duck Dynasty, plus Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.

"My wife came up with the idea to have the Duck Dynasty (DD) guys in the 'Wagon Wheel' music video, and I thought we had no chance because they're so busy so I never even said it out loud," explained Rucker. "Thank God she called my manager because the DD folks took this video to a whole new level!"

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