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Lyr/Chords Req: Wrecking Ball (G Welch, D Rawlings

13 Nov 03 - 10:58 AM (#1053132)
Subject: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: GUEST,stumd3

Good morning. Just wondering if anyone has the lyrics/chords from this great song on Gillian Welch's new cd? Some of you folks have been real helpful in the past and I appreciate it! Thanks.


13 Nov 03 - 01:08 PM (#1053206)
Subject: RE: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: harpgirl

I can't seem to find a lyrics page for "Soul Journey" that will load up. That is the name of the new Gillian Welch album I didn't even know about.
I didn't realize the "Wrecking Ball" was on it. Is it the song that Emmy Lou Harris had on her album by the same name, "Wrecking Ball?"


13 Nov 03 - 03:14 PM (#1053266)
Subject: RE: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: GUEST,stumd3

No, it's a different song, and it's one of the best things I've heard in a while. Wanted to cover it maybe with my band. The rest of the album is quite good as well - some songs with a little band.
The song Harris did is a cover of a great Neil Young song from his awesome FREEDOM record.


15 Nov 03 - 12:35 PM (#1054187)
Subject: Lyr Add: WRECKING BALL (G Welch, D Rawlings)
From: Jim Dixon

I listened to a sound sample, and it makes me wonder: Why does someone with such a beautiful voice and carefully written songs allow her words to be muffled like this?

Copied from http://interactiveu.berkeley.edu:8000/CA/stories/storyReader$1156, where the transcriber admits "This one needs a lot of help."

WRECKING BALL
(Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

Get on board [or "Look out boy"], 'cause I'm a rolling stone.
That's what I was when I first left home.
I took every secret that I'd never known
And headed for the wall like a wrecking ball.

Started ...?
Playing bass under a pseudonym
Days were rough and it's all clocked in
But my mind cuts through it all like a wrecking ball.

Ah, just a little deadhead
Who is watching, who is watching
Ah, I was just a little deadhead
Lone daughter on a scholarship
I got tired and left my ... slip
And ... farmer ...
On the week??? that I recall was like a wrecking ball

I met a lovesick daughter from the San Joaquin
She's showed me colors I'd never seen
We drank the bottle ... my canteen
And left in the fall like a wrecking ball

Standing there in the morning mist
Tucked a coat under my wrist
Yes I remember when first we kissed
...? was nothing at all like a wrecking ball

Hey, little deadhead
Who is watching, who is watching
Ah, I was just a little deadhead
Too much trouble, for me to share
... blinding ...?
... riding high ...?
Santa Cruz garden ball? like a wrecking ball


15 Nov 03 - 04:08 PM (#1054290)
Subject: RE: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: GUEST,Ralphie (at Work)

Well, Dec 7th 2200-2400 (UK time) tune into BBC Radio 3 Andy Kershaw show, and you'll hear Gillian and David doing Wrecking Ball" !!
Whether my recording is better than the CD, I know not...(Haven't got the CD!)
But, a lovely session nonetheless...Also includes "Make me a pallet on your floor" if I remember correctly, and two other songs. Can't remember what they are, it's been a month or so since the session.
And if you read this David......I want your guitar!!
Refards Ralphie (at work)


15 Nov 03 - 04:09 PM (#1054291)
Subject: RE: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: GUEST,Ralphie (at Work)

Refards??? Shurley Shome Mishtake!!
Should be Regards!


17 Nov 03 - 04:15 PM (#1055700)
Subject: RE: Gillian's Wrecking Ball Lyrics/Chords?
From: GUEST,stumd3

Thanks for all your efforts Mr. Dixon!


30 Apr 07 - 11:40 PM (#2040000)
Subject: Lyr Add: WRECKING BALL (G Welch, D Rawlings)
From: Jim Dixon

Here's an improved transcription, though I'm not sure it's 100% accurate. I examined several transcriptions found on the Internet (they certainly do vary!) and listened to a recording

WRECKING BALL
(Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)

Well, now, boy, 'cause I'm a rolling stone.
That's what I was when I first left home.
I took every secret that I'd never known
And headed for the wall
Like a wrecking ball.

Started down on the little road of sin
Playing bass under a pseudonym.
Days were rough, and it's all quite dim,
But my mind cuts through it all
Like a wrecking ball.

Ah, just a little deadhead.
Who is watching? Who is watching?
Ah, I was just a little deadhead,

Lone daughter on a scholarship.
I got tired and let my average slip.
Then I's a farmer in the Pogonip,
Where the weed that I recall
Was like a wrecking ball.

I met a lovesick daughter of the San Joaquin.
She showed me colors I'd never seen,
Drank the bottom out of my canteen,
And left me here to fall
Like a wrecking ball.

Standing there in the morning mist
Jack and Coke at the end of my wrist,
Yes, I remember when first we kissed,
Though it was nothing at all
Like a wrecking ball.

Hey, boy, little deadhead,
Who is watching? Who is watching?
Ah, I was just a little deadhead,

With too much trouble for me to shake.
Oh, the weather and blinding ache
Was riding high until the eighty-nine quake
Hit the Santa Cruz Garden Mall
Like a wrecking ball.


01 May 07 - 02:44 AM (#2040087)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Wrecking Ball (G Welch, D Rawlings
From: Ruth Archer

How much do I love this song?!

I have it with Gillian and David and those beautiful boys from Old Crow Medicine Show singing it...every time I hear it it brings tears to my eyes. Maybe because I remember the 89 quake so well - it was the portent that made me leave So Cal for good and all, and listening to that song brings back that time...

thanks for posting the lyrics.


18 Sep 12 - 09:47 AM (#3406714)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Wrecking Ball (G Welch, D Rawlings
From: GUEST,999

Artist: Gillian Welch
Song: Wrecking Ball   
Album: Soul Journey


Look out boys, 'cause I'm a rollin' stone
That's what I was when I first left home
I took every secret that I'd ever known
And headed for the wall
Like a wrecking ball

Started down on the road to sin
Playin' bass under a pseudonym
The days were rough and it's all quite dim
But my mind cuts through it all
Like a wrecking ball

Oh, just a little deadhead
Who is watching, who is watching?
I's just a little deadhead
I won a dollar on a scholarship
Well, I got tired and let my average slip
Then I's a farmer in the pogonip
Where the weed that I recall
Was like a wrecking ball

I met a lovesick daughter of the San Joaquin
She showed me colors I'd never seen
Drank the bottom out of my canteen
Then left me in the fall
Like a wrecking ball

Standin' there, in the morning mist
A Jack and Coke at the end of my wrist
Yes, I remember when first we kissed
Though it was nothing at all
Like a wrecking ball

Hey boys, just a little deadhead
Who's watching, who's watching?
I's just a little deadhead
With too much trouble for me to shake
Oh, the weather and the blindin' ache
Was ridin' high until the '89 quake
Hit the Santa Cruz garden mall
Like a wrecking ball

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That's from cowboylyrics