(original capo 2 key A)
Intro: G D Em C G D C C x 2 (same chords throughout)
I’m headed down south to the land of the pines,
I’m thumbin’ my way into North Car-o-line
Star-in’ up the road n-pray-to-God I see
Ah made down the co-ast in sev-en-teen hours
pickin’ me a bouquet of dogwood flowers and I’m
G D C
a hopin’ for Raleigh ah can see my, baby toni-ght
So Rock me mamma like a wagon whe-el
Em C G D C
Rock me mamma any way-ee you fe-el, hey-ee mamma rock me
Rock me mamma like the wind and the rain
Em C G D C
rock me mamma like a south bound train, hey-ee mamma rock me.
Runnin’ from the co-ld up in New England I was born to be a fiddler in
an old time string band my baby plays the guitar, ah pick a banjo now.
O-oh the north country winters keep gettin’ me n I lost my money playin’
poker so I had to up an’ leave but ah ain’t a turnin’ back, t’ live that
old life no more.
3rd verse: (begins with single chord on first beat of bar)
Walkin’ due sou-th, out of Ro-an-oak I caught a trucker out of Philly
had a nice long toke.
But he’s a headed west from the Cumberland gap, to John-son City Tenn-es-see.
(All join in)
An I gotta get a move on before 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 fre-ee.