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Strummer
Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:27 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 09 Jan 2006 Posts: 5 Location: Wayyy Up North
I think there are a couple of mistakes in the lyrics you all have posted for Wagon Wheel.

Pretty sure it's,

"Walkin' DUE south, out of Roanoke", not "Walkin' TO THE south..."

Also,

"Gotta get a move on BEFORE the sun", not "Gotta get a move on, FIT for the sun..."

Anyway, I could be wrong. Sing it however you like, just make sure you're FEELIN' it! Very Happy

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bwilley1
Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:32 pm Reply with quote
Tearin' it Down Joined: 27 Oct 2004 Posts: 191 Location: Nashville, TN (Music City!)
I will concur with your findings. I too, sing it like you hear it!
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Virginia Creeper
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:32 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 02 Nov 2005 Posts: 8 Location: Cumberland Gap, TN
not to picky but, I've never understood why they wrote the lyrics this way

But he's a headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

I live in Cumberland Gap and if you head west from here it would take forever to get to Johnson City. I usally sing west to the Cumberland Gap from Johnson City just to keep things geographicly correct. I know I sound like an idiot but this is what keeps me up at night.
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Rastaman705
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:23 am Reply with quote
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It's 'before the sun' I think they sing it as 'BAY-FORE the sun'
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cfMC
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:41 am Reply with quote
Old Crow Joined: 30 Oct 2005 Posts: 412 Location: SF CA USA
it sounds like "bid for the sun" to me....

I agree with due south

I've also been confused by the geographical implications of "to johnsons city"
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krazykarl
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:56 am Reply with quote
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cfMC wrote:
it sounds like "bid for the sun" to me....

I agree with due south

I've also been confused by the geographical implications of "to johnsons city"


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SofaKing
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:57 am Reply with quote
Old Crow Joined: 05 Jan 2005 Posts: 529 Location: Tulsa, OK
Virginia Creeper wrote:
not to picky but, I've never understood why they wrote the lyrics this way

But he's a headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

I live in Cumberland Gap and if you head west from here it would take forever to get to Johnson City. I usally sing west to the Cumberland Gap from Johnson City just to keep things geographicly correct. I know I sound like an idiot but this is what keeps me up at night.


ok guys, let me explain this to everyone since all you guys take this line by line....
lyrics go like this right?
Quote:
Walkin' due 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 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


ok the trucker he had a nice long toke with is headed west from the cumberland gap, but ketch (i assume) is headed to johnson city so they had to split ways....
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bwilley1
Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:26 pm Reply with quote
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^^^^^

Interesting theory...


I can see that.
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Androminos
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:20 pm Reply with quote
Raisin' a Ruckus Joined: 23 Mar 2005 Posts: 74 Location: Florence, MA
Back in the day (2002), before the boys were huge, I emailed Jahnig to ask what the lyrics to Wagon Wheel were and he replied the lyrics went like this:

Headin' down South to the land of the pine,
thumbin' my way to North Caroline
Staring up the road and I pray to God I see headlights.
I made it down the coast under seventeen hours
pickin' me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
I'm hopin' to Raleigh.
I can see my baby tonight.

(Chorus...as we all know it...)

Runnin' from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in this oldtime string band.
My baby plays the guitar;
I pick the banjo now.
Well them North country winters keep on gettin to me
I lost my money playing poker and I had to up and leave
But I ain't turning back to living that old life no more.

(Chorus...as we all know it...)

Walkin' due South out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke.
But he's a headin' West from the Cumberland Gap
to Johnson City, Tennesse.
But I got to get a move on be-fore the sun, [NOT "fit for the sun"]
I hear my baby callin' mine [NOT "my name"]
and man I know that I'm the only one,
and if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.

[And yes...the relationship between Cumberland Gap and Johnson City in the song is geographically incorrect as Johnson City is East of Cumberland Gap, not West.]

That being said, as we all know lyrics have a way of being rather fluid, changing from performance to performance, so anything is possible as far as what folks have heard. Just take the changes to "Take 'Em Away". That originally had at least several more versus that dealt more with racial issues in the South...now gone.
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NiknJen
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:32 pm Reply with quote
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Just take the changes to "Take 'Em Away". That originally had at least several more versus that dealt more with racial issues in the South...now gone.


Do you have a copy of the "lost" versus?
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Androminos
Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:23 am Reply with quote
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No, I don't have the lost verses, however someone else...I think on this forum...posted about it a year or two ago and I believe wrote some of them out. I'll have to do a little digging to come up with them. Maybe Mollybea (archivist extraordinaire) knows something about it.
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Bill Teska
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:33 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 20 Oct 2004 Posts: 18
Since Ketch is well known to be geographically astute, could it be that the lyrics really mean that the trucker intends to pass through Johnson City on the way to the Cumberland Gap? In other words, west from the Gap and from Johnson City?

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wsprebels
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:34 pm Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 02 Jul 2005 Posts: 6 Location: Oxford, MS & East TN
I'm from Johnson City and if you are heading west from the Cumberland Gap, that would be away from Johnson City. JC is in the northeastern part of TN near VA/NC. Cumberland Gap is more towards Kentucky and pretty far west of Johnson City.

But...alas...all I'm doing is digging up old topics. Carry on.
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wsprebels
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:35 pm Reply with quote
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Bill Teska wrote:
Since Ketch is well known to be geographically astute, could it be that the lyrics really mean that the trucker intends to pass through Johnson City on the way to the Cumberland Gap? In other words, west from the Gap and from Johnson City?


Now that could make sense.
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alexofvintonton
Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 2:14 pm Reply with quote
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does anyone have full guitar chords for Wagon Wheel? the ones posted in the lyrics section only are for the first verse, since the third verse has more lines there should be more chords, and I am not sure which exactly they are. Thanks, Alex.
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Leaf Liar
Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 4:58 pm Reply with quote
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Chords are the same all the way through (it's not how many words there are but how they are sung.

Capo second fret

Play: G D
Em C
G D C
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alexofvintonton
Posted: Sun May 21, 2006 5:41 pm Reply with quote
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thank you, i appreciate it.
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fornesto
Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:59 pm Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 29 Jun 2006 Posts: 3 Location: Monterey, CA
For all other stringed instrumentation (and suckers who loose their capo) & piano:

A . E . F#min. D

A. E. D. D

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bobstar
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:09 pm Reply with quote
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fornesto wrote:
For all other stringed instrumentation (and suckers who loose their capo) & piano:

A . E . F#min. D

A. E. D. D


I lost my capo on a camping trip last month and only just replaced it. If only I'd thought of these capo-less chords, I'd have saved myself some heartbreak!
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Rhinosox
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:13 am Reply with quote
Lil' Birdie Joined: 18 Jun 2006 Posts: 12 Location: Dickson, Tn.
I dont care exactly where Johnson City is....thats my FAVORITE part of the song, I SCREAM it out every time. At The Ryman show that I saw them at EVERYONE screamed it, it was Awesome. But I can understand why people debate it. Do people in Johnson City "appreciate " being included in the song? Should I visit?
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bobstar
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:55 pm Reply with quote
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Love the Johnson City bit... everytime I play it I let the 'ee' from Tennessee linger, pause, and then hit the 'gotta get a move on' with that much more oomph.
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M@@NSHINER
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:27 pm Reply with quote
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Bill Teska wrote:
Since Ketch is well known to be geographically astute, could it be that the lyrics really mean that the trucker intends to pass through Johnson City on the way to the Cumberland Gap? In other words, west from the Gap and from Johnson City?


Has anybody thought that Ketch did this on purpose to get people to talk about it and think about it.....think about it.....
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DanielVogel
Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:34 pm Reply with quote
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M@@NSHINER wrote:

Has anybody thought that Ketch did this on purpose to get people to talk about it and think about it.....think about it.....


Many musicians do that. Here in Brazil there was a popular singer called Raul Seixas, in one song he sings about the cross of two important streets here, but they never cross each other actually. Smile
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Simon
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:10 am Reply with quote
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Is this song about sex?
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GumboStu
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:18 am Reply with quote
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Heck, no. Ketch is just tired after all that toking and hitching and crawling through the hedges looking for dogwoods, and would like a nice lullaby to help him sleep Laughing

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Simon
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 3:15 pm Reply with quote
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hmmm
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GumboStu
Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:23 am Reply with quote
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Simon wrote:
hmmm


I hum this one quite a lot, too Laughing

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trtle8819
Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:09 pm Reply with quote
Old Crow Joined: 01 Apr 2007 Posts: 332 Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Did anyone ever think maybe that's the reason Ketch (knowing geography the way he does) is NOT riding along with this toked up trucker? For example a different lyric might've read "but he's totally getting himself lost so I'll get off here, thanks anyway...."
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Makinbacon
Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:10 am Reply with quote
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Any one else dig the Hawaiian version off the Troubles album? Cuz i sure do.
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sassmouth
Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 6:30 pm Reply with quote
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I love that version and that it is Don Helms playing makes it so much sweeter!
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