i wanna go home, i wanna go home
oh, how i wanna go home.
last night i went to sleep in detroit city
and i dreamed about those cottonfields and home
i dreamed about my mother dear, old papa, sister and brother
i dreamed about that girl who’s been waiting for so long
i wanna go home, i wanna go home, oh, how i wanna go home.
homefolks think i’m big in detroit city
from the letters that i write they think i’m fine
but by day i make the cars, by night i make the bars
if only they could read between the lines.
’cause you know i rode the freight train north to detroit city
and after all these years i find i’ve just been wastin’ my time
so i just think i’ll take my foolish pride
and put it on a southbound freight and ride.
and go on back to the loved ones, the ones that i left waitin’ so far behind.
i wanna go home, i wanna go home,
oh, how i wanna go home…