Musical Monday: Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Whenever I hear this song, I want to grab my husband by the hand and turn the nearest open space into a dance floor. Yeah, I’m a southern girl, so country music is in my blood. Plus, it’s a pretty catchy tune.

Some of you may know that Darius Rucker was the lead singer of the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish before he crossed over to country, but did you know the song Wagon Wheel was originally sketched by Bob Dylan 40 years ago? He never finished or titled the song but contributed the melody and the chorus. The song was completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show in 2003 and Darius Rucker released his version in 2013. You can read the full story of the song’s history in this article by Rolling Stone magazine.

“Wagon Wheel”
(originally by Old Crow Medicine Show)

Heading down south to the land of the pines
I’m thumbing my way into North Carolina
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
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
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
Oh, rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey, hey momma rock me

Oh, so rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel (I wanna feel)
Hey, hey momma rock me (momma rock me, momma rock me)
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
(I wanna rock like a south bound train)
Hey momma rock me
Rock me

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