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 
So I went on to Cleveland and I ended up 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 
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 newsprint boats I race to sewer mains 
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 feels like things are closing in 
The sunsets 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