[Verse 1]
I went down to Houston
And I stopped in San Antone
I passed up the station for the bus
I was trying to find me something
But I wasn't sure just what
Man, I ended up with pockets full of dust
And I went down to Cleveland, that's where I went insane
I bought a borrowed suit and learned to dance
I was spending money like the way it likes to rain
Man, I ended up with pockets full of cane

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Oh, my sweet Carolina
What compels me to go?
Oh, my sweet disposition
May you one day carry me home

[Verse 2]
Never been to Vegas, but I gambled up my life
Though the newsprint boats are raced in sewer mains
Was trying to find me something
But I wasn't sure just what
Funny how they say that some things never change

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
And out here in the city seems like things are closing in
The sunset's just my light bulb burning out
I miss Kentucky and I miss my family
All the sweetest winds they blow across the South

[Chorus]