Still on Wagon Wheel…

This time, with a full, if clumsy play through (complete with random internet beeps…).  I tried this time with the Darius Rucker lyric “leave town” instead of “up and leave”. Maybe it’s a Northerner thing, but I think part of my issue with why I’m having such trouble with this lyric is that I’ve never said “up and leave”. I don’t know anyone who’s ever said “up and leave”, or “up and…” anything for that matter.  Up is not a verb, at least, not where I’m from. When I try singing it that way, it’s awkward, and it kind of comes off a bit snarky, or at least like I’m not taking the sentence very seriously, so I decided to try it with the ‘leave town’ lyric. It’s easier to sing, though I feel like it’s a bit like cheating, just because I feel silly saying ‘up and leave’.  I’ve changed one or two of the other words, too. I changed a ‘now’ to ‘down’.  I think I dropped an ‘only’.

This could very well be related to my speech patterns. Vishalicious of Ugly Bass Face and I were talking about this recently. He worded it better than I am. I forget exactly how he said it and am too lazy to go back and look for it. But, I’m definitely noticing it in this song. He just speaks in a different sort of overall flow than I do, and while I’m sure with enough practice I can replicate it, I’m not sure I should try, as long as I get the general idea.

Not perfect, but coming along. If I can just stop getting hung up trying to remember the words…

Until Next Time, it’s coming along, in a slightly edited sort of way.

7 thoughts on “Still on Wagon Wheel…

  1. We use “up and leave” from time-to-time here. Like if someone abruptly just gets up and goes, we sometimes say that person just upped & left. Its not proper English in any way, but its functional.

    I think English Lit has affected you. 😉


    1. Lol. I know the meaning, partially from Google, but it’s definitely not something I’ve ever known anyone to actually say, so I was like, ‘maybe it’s a southern thing?’. Up as a verb is in the dictionary, but in a ‘up and left’ situation I think most everyone I know would likely use phrases more like ‘gone in a flash’ or ‘in the blink of an eye’or ‘get out of Dodge’. There are several sayings with the same basic meaning.

      Maybe the lit degree has gotten to me, but I think if I heard it more often it would be easier. It’s definitely not easy to wrap my mouth around. And I found myself unwittingly dropping a few extraneous words in practice, so I’ve sort of decided to own it for now. I should still try to get the original lyrics to work for me, but I also can’t pretend dropping two words and changing two doesn’t give me something with a more grammatical, easier flow for me. And, since one of the more famous renditions uses ‘leave town’, it’s not cheating TOO much. We’ll see if I can ever get ‘up and leave’ to work for me. The flow of the song there is really odd for a few reasons, but in the meanwhile, that one line is really holding me up.


      1. “Up and left” is a little different from the others you mentioned though. The others are about leaving in a hurry. I’ve only used it and heard it used in the context of someone leaving unexpectedly or leaving in disgust (He saw they were having vegetables again and just up and left. I think he went to Five Guys.)

        That said, own the song. do what you need to do to make it work. At least you’re not pushing stuff like “for all intensive purposes” or “irregardless”. Those are pet peeves of mine and actually make me judge people when I hear them.


      2. See, when I Google ‘up and leave’, it just says ‘to leave abruptly’, which seems to be the meaning in this song, but I’m sure there are regional differences. It’s just a weird phrase to me.

        In any case (see how I didn’t use ‘for all intents and purposes? Though I do use that phrase. Not in a song, clearly.), I do keep word swapping by mistake as I try to remember the words, and I can’t deny that, so I might as well pretend it’s mostly intentional. Lol. Last night in one of the choruses I accidentally used ‘hurricane’ instead of ‘south-bound train’. I realized what I’d done as soon as I did it, but it worked in the song so I kept going and used the right word in the next chorus.

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  2. You’re really getting this song under your fingers and it looks like your changing up the lyrics a little has also worked for you. It sounds better every time you upload a new version. You can actually hear the difference – you’re more confident in both your playing and singing. Grats!


    1. Thanks. I don’t necessarily think my readers want to read about the same song every day, but that’s how you learn new songs. You have to keep drilling them, so there’s an honesty in saying ‘yes, I am still working this out. No, that doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye.’


      1. I don’t think they take offense to it. I read about your progress and your frustrations. For some people, I’m sure its reassuring to see that they’re not alone in how they learn. Others might have a different opinion.

        A while ago (maybe a year or two) I read through all of the Bass Ramblings blog because I liked seeing how he was progressing through Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar DVD course. Its something I ended up getting, but haven’t worked through. Its another thing on my list of stuff to work on after the HLBM.

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