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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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    Hazel May LebrunJan 24, 2013 at 1:40 am
    It would sure be nice if you gave credit to the writer. You know... the writer? Not Old Crow Medicine Show... they did not write this... any cretin worth his salt knows this is classic Bob Dylan and it's tacky not to give credit to the one who wrote the song.
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    UnregisteredAug 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Railroad hobos (brilliant scarborough band) do this on the esk valley music train - runs every fri eve july & august & it's become a favourite - gets the whole carriage joining in the chorus - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
    They also include cc rider & tell it to me & woody guthrie stuff & hank williams & buddy holly & ... Etc , etc ... What more could a railroad rider need to enjoy an evening out ?
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    UnregisteredAug 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    I think this was probably about a man who lost his way in life and is trying to remember the sweet things. Like his mama rocking him made him feel safe and secure, but now he's out making a ton of mistakes in life and he needs to find his way back.
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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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