Lexi's Latest Jams: Wagon Wheel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Soooo, I wouldn't exactly say this is Lexi's *latest* jam- she's been jamming to this one since she was just a babe, but we were reminded of it recently at this year's annual Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Festival


Wagon Wheel was originally sketched by Bob Dylan, and later made popular by the Old Crow Medicine Show.  It has been covered countless times, most recently- if not most famously- by Darius Rucker in 2013, who took it straight to the top of the country music charts.  

As for little Lex, she started jamming to this one early on because the lyrics say: "Rock me, Mama, like a wagon wheel.  Rock me, Mama, any way you feel.  Hey, Mama, rock me..."  I used to sing this one to her over and over as I rocked her to sleep at night.  Ever since, this has officially been "our song".

Here we are dancing to it at this year's Bluegrass Festival.  That's what the band behind us was playing.  :)



And here's Darius Rucker's version for you.  It's a good one.



And just in case you feel like rocking right along too, here are the lyrics.  Enjoy!

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


I'm 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
Hey, 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
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 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 momma rock me


Oh, so rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel
Hey, momma rock me (mama rock me, mama rock me)
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey, ey yeah momma rock me (you can rock me, rock me)


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