Last night I went to sleep in Detroit City,
and I dreamed about those cotton fields at home.
I dreamed about my mother,
dear old papa, sister and brother,
I dreamed about the girl
who's been waiting for so long.
I wanna go home, I wanna go home,
oh, how I wanna go home!
Home, folks 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,
and by night, I make the bars,
If only they could read between the lines!
I rode a freight train north to Detroit City,
After all these years,
I find that I've just been wastin' my time.
So I think I'll take my foolish pride,
put on a south bound freight and ride,
Goin' back to the love ones,
The ones I left waitin' so far behind.
I wanna go home, I wanna go home
oh, how want to go home.