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: Learn the progressions


Wagon Wheel guitar lesson + 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 (I) | D (V) | Em (VI) | C (IV) |
| 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, here’s the first line.

Wagon Wheel chords and TAB first line chorus

As a member, you get the TAB for the full chorus. Copy this in exact detail before you let go and find small subtle variations, it does need to be improvised to feel authentic, but the TAB will point you in the right direction.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Wagon Wheel – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Wagon Wheel was Bob Dylan’s secret song!

Wagon Wheel wasn’t 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.



Wagon Wheel Chords | Related Pages


Beginner Acoustic

There are many more Beginner Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Wagon Wheel.

This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


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Darius Rucker tunes

Darius Rucker covered Wagon Wheel.

Darius Rucker is the lead singer of ’90s Heartland rockers Hootie & the Blowfish who in 2008 launched himself as a country artist.

His best tunes include Wagon Wheel, Alright, Only Wanna Be With You, and Let Her Cry.


Darius Rucker on the web

Listen to Darius Rucker on Spotify.


Bob Dylan tunes

Bob Dylan wrote Wagon Wheel.

Widely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song. His famous tunes are so many it’s impossible to pick just a few.

Some say Dylan invented modern songwriting.


Bob Dylan on the web

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Country & Folk

When you can play Wagon Wheel, try these Country and Folk tunes as well.

In the primarily acoustic genres of Country & Folk, you must acquire what matters the most: A repertoire. Nothing else will give you the gig.

Learn tunes by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, Don McLean, and many more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson about Wagon Wheel chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Wagon Wheel chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.



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