Guitar lesson for
Chords w/ lyrics
(capo 2nd fret) INTRO G ... D ... Em ... C ... G ... D ... C ... C ... (play twice) VERSE G D Headed down south to the land of the pines Em C I'm thumbin' my way into North Caroline G Starin' up the road D C And pray to God I see headlights G D I made it down the coast in seventeen hours Em C Pickin' me a bouquet of dogwood flowers G And I'm a-hopin' for Raleigh D C I can see my baby tonight CHORUS G D So rock me Mama, like a wagon wheel Em C Rock me Mama, any way you feel G D C Hey........ Mama, rock me G D Rock me Mama, like the wind and the rain Em C Rock me Mama, like a south-bound train G D C Hey........ Mama, rock me (intro chords x1) Runnin' from the cold up in New England I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time string band My baby plays the guitar I pick the banjo, now Oh, the North country winters keep a-gettin' me And I lost my money playing poker so I had to up and leave But I ain't a-turnin' back To living 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 (intro chords x2) (let chords ring) Walking 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 (normal strumming) And I gotta get a move on fit 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
Notes and tabs
Capo 2nd Fret, Standard Tuning
If you want to play this along with the Old Crow Medicine Show album recording, apply a capo the 2nd fret and use the chords shown above. You don’t need a capo – without one, the chords above will still sound perfectly fine – but you’ll be in a different key if you try to play along to the album version.
Guitar Chords Used
Here is how to play the guitar chords used in this song. Only four chords, nice and simple. Note, these chords work perfectly with the Darius Rucker version of this song as well.
e-|---3---2---0----2--- B-|---0---3---0----3--- G-|---0---2---0----2--- D-|---0---0---2----0--- A-|---2-------2-------- E-|---3-------0-------- G D Em D
On Bob Dylan Originally Writing This Song
Obligatory note that Old Crow Medicine Show did not originally write this entire song. It was based on a sketch/incomplete recording by Bob Dylan, which featured only the chorus sections (the verses were mumbled and indecipherable). Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show then completed the verses and used them with Dylan’s choruses. Read more about it on the Wikipedia entry for this song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagon_Wheel_(song)
INTRO | G . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | C . . . | | G . . . | D . . . | C . . . | C . . . | VERSE "Headed down south to the land of the pines..." | G . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | C . . . | | G . . . | D . . . | C . . . | C . . . | CHORUS "So rock me Mama, like a wagon wheel..." | G . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | C . . . | | G . . . | D . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
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