"Oh My Sweet Carolina" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Well I went down to Houston and I stopped in San Antone
I passed up the station for the bus
Was trying to find me something but I wasn't sure just what
I ended up with pockets full of dust.

So I went on to Cleveland and ended up insane
Bought a borrowed suit and learned to dance
I was spending money like the way it likes to rain
And I ended up with pockets full of 'caine.

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

I ain't never been to Vegas but I gambled up my life
Building news print boats I raced in sewer mains
I was trying to find me something but I wasn't sure just what
Funny how they say that some things never change.

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

Up here in the city it feels 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.

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


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"Oh My Sweet Carolina" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General Commentand emmylou harris adds a hell of a lot to the vocals.
    musicboxsuperheroon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRyan Adams sings about Carolina in many of his songs, and this song (and others) takes on different meanings when you consider that it is also a woman's name. He is traveling around, lost, distracting himself from life with random cities and meaningless activities, hoping to return home to her.
    stickie pantson September 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me so nostalgic! i feel like it could apply to pretty much anything we long for but is out of reach. it is about that weird dissonance between longing for the very thing we keep leaving in order find what we long for...
    anewlifeon February 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is somewhat about his cocaine habit, but I think that's only part of it.

    The rock and roll lifestyle he's living is starting to get to him and he's dreaming of a way he could get back to living his normal life in Carolina again.

    Awesome song.
    gobosox5on October 12, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthis best song period, the cover that adam duritz from counting corws does is amazing too. you can jsut hear the longing in his voice for everything he's left behind
    Hunteron January 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe best version of this song - ever! (well, at least so far)
    lubahon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such an incredibly amazing song, and i think ryan adams does it in such an elegantly longing, melancholy way that intensifies the lyrics so much more
    flickerchick27on September 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is insane. I'm listening to it for only my second time right now... and it's definitely my new favourite. I think a lot of people should take a listen to it. It's very straight forward, pretty much what Hunter said,but it's longing for the south, Carolina to be specific.
    GIve it a listen if you happen to read this and you haven't listen. You definitely won't be disappointed.
    SimpleKindOfBoyon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmen to that.
    Georgeon May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me miss home sooo much.."I miss kentucky and I miss my family, all the sweetest winds, they blow across the south." *sniff*
    Mirabella_Underhillon August 02, 2005   Link

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