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A man has taken to his Instagram to show why the song “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker makes no sense. Obviously, this guy has a lot of time on his hands if he is breaking down this song.

The chorus of “Wagon Wheel” was written by Bob Dylan in 1973. The rest of the song was written by a member of Old Crow Medicine Show 25 years later. Old Crow Medicine Show recorded a version of the song, but Darius’ version is the most popular. Darius recorded his version of the song in 2013 and went #1 on country radio.

So this guy on Instagram broke down the song and told us why the song “Wagon Wheel” makes no sense. It all has to do with the geography of the locations mentioned in the song.

He says, “In verses 1 and 2 we learn that our singer is traveling from New England to Raleigh, North Carolina and all that checks out.” The lyrics of the song in verses 1 and 2 say this, “Headin’ down south to the land of the pines…I’m thumbin’ my way into North Caroline…And I’m a-hopin’ for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight…Runnin’ from the cold up in New England.”

The man tells us in the video that in the bridge of the song things really start to fall apart. He says, “He’s walking due south out of Roanoke he probably took 81 and it sounds like he’s on 220 heading to North Carolina. He catches a trucker out of Philly and here where things really go off the rails. The trucker’s a-heading west from the Cumberland gap to Johnson City, Tennessee, which is actually east of the Cumberland gap. So you’re not going to get there by traveling west.”

The songs lyrics to that part of the song are, “Walkin’ to the 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, Tennessee.”

He finishes the breakdown of the song by saying this, “I’ve run through 1,000 scenarios in my head and only way I can make this make sense is if he’s referring to a Gap clothing store near Cumberland, Virginia. Because if you’re coming from Philly and heading west from the Cumberland gap to Johnson City, Tennessee you know where you have to pass through…Roanoke.”



Darius Rucker's First 5 Number One Songs

Darius Rucker started as the front man for the Grammy winning band Hootie and the Blowfish, but then decided to make a career change to the country format and has done very well, racking up 9 number one songs since 2008.  Here is a list of his first 5 number one songs.

  • Don't Think I Don't Think About It

    This song was released in May 2008 as Rucker’s first single from his album Learn to Live. The was Ruckers first number one song on the country charts.

  • It Won't Be Like This For Long

    Darius’s second number one song was released in November 2008 from his album Learn to Live. Rucker co-wrote the song with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley, who both have daughters.  Darius said this is his favorite song on the album about how fast families grow up. That first week after the baby is born is awful: you’re up all the time. Then when it’s not like that, you miss those times

  • Alright

    The 3rd number one single from Darius is about not needing big crazy things.  It’s not those things that make you happy and it sometimes take awhile to get there.

  • The Come Back Song

    Darius’s 4th number one song is one he wrote with Chris Stapleton.  In this song, Rucker admits all of his faults and his stupidity in his relationships and begs his former girl to come back.  This came from the Charleston, SC 1966 album.

  • This

    Darius’s 5th number one song is “This” he wrote with American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.  The song is about how choices made in the past can result in life’s path taking a different route