Wagon Wheel

By: Darius Rucker

Behind the story of the song

The song Wagon Wheel, by Darius Rucker, describes a hitchhiking journey south along the eastern coast of the United states, from New England to the Northeast to the intended destination of Raleigh, North Carolina, where the protagonist hopes to see his lover. The chorus and melody for the song comes from a demo recorded by Bob Dylan during the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid sessions with the tittle "Rock Me Mama." Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show added partly autobiographical verses to Dylan's unfinished song transforming "Rock Me Mama" into "Wagon Wheel"


Literal or Figurative Language?

The lyrics to this song are supposed to be taken literally. The lyrics explain how a man is trying to get to his lover but he is broke so he has to hitchhike to get to her. It also describes how he did some bad things in the past but is leaving them there

Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel (Lyrics on screen)