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Detroit City
Bobby Bare Lyrics

Last night I went to sleep in Detroit City
I dreamed about them cotton fields of home
I dreamed about my mother, dear old pappy, sister and brother
And I dreamed about the girl who's been waitin' for so long

I want to go home
I want to go home
Oh, how I want to go home

Home folks think I'm big in Detroit City
From the letters that I write they think I'm just fine, yes they do
But by day I make the cars and by night I make the bars
If only they could read between the lines

‘cause you know I rode a freight train north to Detroit City
And after all these years I find I've just been wastin' my time
You know what I'm gonna do?
I'm gonna take my foolish pride
Get it on a southbound freight and let it ride
I'm gonna go back to the loved ones
The ones I left waiting so far behind

I want to go home, yeah
I want to go home
Oh, how I want to go home (Can't you hear me?)

I want to go home
Whoa, baby I want to go home
Oh, how I want to go home (Somebody help me)

I want to go home, yeah
I want to go home, whoa oh
Oh, how I want to go home

Hmm, I want to go home...

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Happy Hippy

I remember my Dad playing this song as a child and singing to me. What I wouldn't give for one more ride in his old pick up. 😔

Michael Lawson

I remember when that song came out. I didn't like it at first. Now it's one of my favorites. We need more Bobby Bares! God bless you Bobby!

Janet Brown

I've loved this since the first time I heard it. Every yr on my Angel daddy's birthday I go to the cemetary and listen to this while sitting at my daddy's grave.

Tammy Stone

I sure wished they still made music like this. I love Bobby Bare...♥️♥️♥️

Joseph Luke

Larry's country kitchen

Brian McLaughlin


Nabin Kumar

I missed my mom and dad and everyone in the family, I feel sad and homesick. Thank you Bobby Bare for this nice tune and thanks sharing.

A Country Girl

I played in a family country music band in the 1960s/1970s. Bobby Bare came over our house when he was playing a concert in Anchorage, Alaska. What a gentleman! Love his music to this day. I think Jerry Reed is playing the guitar lead on this song. Back when country music was country and told real-life human stories.


I love this song. It's so sad, yet so powerful. Makes one cry.

Tobin Durazo

THIS, my friends, is COUNTRY MUSIC.

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