Wagon Wheel chords by Darius Rucker


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Wagon Wheel Chords + Lyrics (capo 2)


Intro

||: G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 :||
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |

Verse 1

| G | D | Em | C |
Headin’ down south to the land of the pines, I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline.
| G | D | C | C |
Starin’ up the road and pray to God I see headlights.
| G | D | Em | C |
I made it down the coast in seventeen hours, pickin’ me a bouquet of dogwood flowers.
| G | D | C | C |
And I’m a-hopin’ for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight.

Chorus 1

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
So, rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama any way you feel.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.
| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain, rock me mama like a southbound train.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.

Instrumental

| G | D | Em | C |
| G | D | C | C |

Verse 2

| G | D | Em | C |
Runnin’ from the cold up in New England, I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time string band.
| G | D | C | C |
My baby plays a guitar, I pick a banjo now.
| G | D | Em | C |
Oh, north country winters keep a-gettin’ me down, lost my money playin’ poker, so I had to leave town.
| G | D | C | C |
But I ain’t a-turnin’ back to livin’ that old life no more.

Chorus 2

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
So, rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama any way you feel.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.
| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Yeah, rock me mama like the wind and the rain, rock me mama like a southbound train.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.

Solo 1 (fiddle)

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |

Solo 2 (guitar)

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |

Verse 3 (breakdown)

| G | D | Em | C |
Walkin’ to the south out of Roanoke, I caught a trucker out of Philly, had a nice long toke.
| G | D | C | C |
But he’s a-headin’ west from the Cumberland Gap to Johnson City, Tennessee.
| G | D | Em | C |
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.
| G | D | C | C |
And if I died in Raleigh, at least I will die free.

Chorus 3 (half time)

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
So, rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama any way you feel.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.
| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Oh, rock me mama like the wind and the rain, rock me mama like a southbound train.
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.

Chorus 4 (standard tempo)

| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
So, rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama any way you feel (oh, I wanna feel).
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me.
| G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain, rock me mama like a southbound train
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
Hey… mama rock me

Outro

||: G | (Dsus2) D | Em | (Csus2) C Csus2 |
| G | (Dsus2) D | C | (Csus2) C Csus2 :|| x4 (to fade)


Wagon Wheel chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Wagon Wheel Analysis + TAB

There are several versions of Wagon Wheel out there (more on this below) I decided to go for the version by Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish).

Using a capo on fret 2, Darius thinks in the key of G as he plays I – V – VI – IV, followed by I – V – IV, to form the verse, like this:

| G | D | Em | C |
| G | D | C | C |

The chorus is essentially the same, just with some 3rds being suspended. To describe exactly how to play this, you need TAB.

As a member, TAB is what you get. Copy this in exact detail before you let go and find small subtle variations.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Wagon Wheel, guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Wagon Wheel was Bob Dylan’s secret song!

Wagon Wheel wasn’t actually written by Darius Rucker, It’s an old unfinished Bob Dylan tune intended for the album that had Knocking On Heaven’s Door on it.

Released on a bootleg where you could only make out the chorus, a man named Ketch Secor found it and finished it by writing the verses.

Ketch released a version in 2004 with his band Old Crow Medicine Show. It became the band’s signature song.

Nathan Carter had success with his version in 2012 and Darius Rucker’s version came in 2013. By now it was so popular it had gathered haters along the way, having festivals declaring Wagon Wheel free zones.

To this day, solo acoustic acts and country-influenced cover bands keep playing it, the crowds love it and nobody has a clue Dylan wrote it.


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