Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker




The Experience:
Wagon Wheel rolls in on sounds from the old-time roots of Country. “Heading down south” 750 hard miles home is also at the roots of Country. Most Country songs sing about things that hurt – and finding out they were the things that mattered most. Sometimes Country songs only understand that when they lose them... Darius Rucker grasps that when he has to take the hard, long road home to his baby. Wagon Wheel’s about the fact that home and love are both worth waiting for and hoping for, no matter how hard or long the journey.

Music Video:
Darius Rucker’s thumbing all the way home. The path the rides are surprising, rarely comfortable, and above all, long. But the dream was worth the journey.

My Take:
Some people push the people they love go a long way, too far. Darius Rucker goes a long way, too far, FOR his love. I think there’s a big difference.

Ask Yourself:
What would I really go 750 miles to find? What matters that much in my life?

LYRICS:

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 leave town
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

[2x]
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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