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Headed down south to the land of the pines
And I'm thumbin' my way into North Caroline
Starin' up the road
Pray to God I see headlights

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Pickin' me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I'm a hopin' for Raleigh
I can see my baby tonight

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

Runnin' from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time stringband
My baby plays the guitar
I pick a banjo now

Oh, the North country winters keep a gettin' me now
Lost my money playin' poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain't a turnin' back
To livin' that old life no more

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama any way you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama 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 headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

And I gotta get a move on before for the sun
I hear my baby callin' 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 mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama any way you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me



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    Hazel May LebrunJan 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    I'm a songwriter and I have co-written songs. I always make sure I credit whomever was writing with me or had a hand in it. I've seen so many take other people's songs (I know I 'm old school and this is the era of song sampling everywhere). It's just a credit and Dylan has enough songs out there to not need it, but. I've seen some heartbroken writers out there who had their work taken and not an acknowledgement to be found. It's hurtful for a writer. And shameful for the thief.
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    UnregisteredAug 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    I love ocms and I suppose this is their anthem. Just a lot of poetic allusions, dogwood flowers, carolina pine trees, and a little dig at the north where it's cold and you get fleeced in poker games (although perhaps where the jobs are) but that's what the choice is. This does for roanoke what jackson brown did for winslow, az make it a place, even for those that pass by.
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    UnregisteredJul 31, 2012 at 4:59 am
    This song was my soldier son's favorite song. It was the last song he sang before he was killed on a motorcycle. Every where he went he sang this song. It was the last song sang at his funeral. Went to see the band this summer in st. Louis. They were awesome. They dedicated a song to my son. Hope to some day have them come to our home town for a concert on his behalf.
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    UnregisteredJul 24, 2012 at 3:58 am
    This is our first dance at our wedding. This song means more to us than anyone could know. We danced to this song on an old country bridge the night he told me he loved me and wanted me to be his wife. This song is so meaningful to our life together and I don't know where I would be without the love of my life, and this amazing song.
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    UnregisteredJul 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm
    I like this song because it reminds me o the time my duck went missing and it was traumatizing I just couldn't fint it anywhere and I called the cops and stuff and they came with guns to eat some pie my mother had made before she died and then my uncle ned came in to find that I was sitting on my dog oops I mean duck. I think it is clear why this song reminds me of this experience.

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