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Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel lyrics

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 Lebrun
    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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    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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    I love this song but when I heard (and subsequently read) the lyrics of the third verse I thought it sounded backwards in terms of the direction of travel, which I then verified on a map. If you look at a map, if the protagonist is "walkin' to the south out of Roanoke" and is headed to Raleigh, he would need a route that eventually took him to the east. That part is fine. But then all the versions of lyrics and song I could find on the internet state.
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    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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    My cousin Joey was loved by so many people he was crippled but he rolled like a champ, making almost everyone happy. He was the life of the party. Wagon wheel was his song thank you Old Crow Medicine Show. Your song lifts up so many people, and is played in and around Farmington P. A. In memory of Joey Rodeheaver. We love and thank you for a timeless memory. I think the song is about being free to roll from one life to another. And we see Joey in thoes headlites everytime it plays. Thank you!
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