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Heading down south to the land of the pines
I'm thumbing my way in the North Caroline
Staring up the road 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,
So 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
And I lost my money playing poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain't turning back and 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 to the Cumberland gap,
From Johnson City, Tennessee.
Now 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 die 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



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    UnregisteredJul 25, 2012 at 12:43 am
    To me it means the guy is making his way to see his lady and he wants her to rock his world when he finally gets there. :) long overdue sweet loving is the driving force behind this beaten down mans journey. ..
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    UnregisteredJul 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    If you drive west from the cumberland gap, you won't be heading toward johnson city but 190 degrees the opposite way. When i sing the song, i say "east" instead to make it more realistic.
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    UnregisteredMar 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm
    This song depicts a man whose found hell or high water running from himself in my opinion. It takes a long time to accept your own defeat and move on with your life. Its a harsh touring musician disorder that we all can relate to in one way or another.
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    UnregisteredFeb 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm
    This song is about a trucker who needs gps. How the heck do you end up in roanoke coming from johnson city if you need to get to the cumberland gap? It could also be a warning song not to drive high.
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    UnregisteredJan 28, 2012 at 3:34 am
    Its not entirely an ocms song either, the refrain was penned by mr. Bob dylan himself. With no "rock me mama... " this song does not exist. Thank you bob dylan

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