In the Hills of Tennessee
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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You were right, I was wrong
Guess you knew it right along
Sycamore tree, sycamore tree
Tell the folks tell the shack
That my heart is dragging me back
Sycamore tree, tell ‘em for me

I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Lost in the hills of Tennessee
I know I’m goin’ to find my
Seventh Heaven it’s just a cabin
My Seventh Heaven
There’s a little angel waitin’ down there
With a little pray’r for me
And the sun shines bright in
My lonely heart tonight
I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Lost in the hills of Tennessee

In the hills of Tennessee

I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Lost in the hills of Tennessee
I know I’m goin’ to find my
Seventh Heaven it’s just a cabin
My Seventh Heaven
There’s a little angel waitin’ down there
With a little pray’r for me
And the sun shines bright in
My lonely heart tonight




I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Lost in the hills of Tennessee

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song "In the Hills of Tennessee" depict a sense of longing and a desire to return to a place called Paradise, which is located in the hills of Tennessee. The singer admits that he was wrong in leaving and acknowledges the foresight of someone else, possibly a lover or a friend, who knew that he would eventually feel the pull to return. This person is symbolized by the sycamore tree, which is asked to inform the folks and the shack (representing his community) about his longing to go back.


The song conveys a strong belief that the singer will find his version of paradise in the hills of Tennessee. He mentions that he knows he will find his Seventh Heaven, which is represented by a cabin. This cabin is seen as a place where he will experience happiness and fulfillment, akin to the notion of heaven. Furthermore, the singer believes there is a little angel waiting for him in this paradise, someone who will pray for him and bring positivity to his life.


Overall, the lyrics of "In the Hills of Tennessee" convey the theme of nostalgia and a yearning for a place that represents sanctuary and contentment. It captures the notion that sometimes we need to return to our roots or to a specific location to find happiness and peace.


Line by Line Meaning

You were right, I was wrong
Acknowledging that the other person was correct and understanding my mistake


Guess you knew it right along
Realizing that the other person had knowledge of the truth all along


Sycamore tree, sycamore tree
Referring to a specific tree, possibly as a symbol or landmark


Tell the folks tell the shack
Informing the people and the building about a personal revelation


That my heart is dragging me back
Expressing that my emotions are irresistibly pulling me towards a certain place


Sycamore tree, tell ‘em for me
Requesting the tree to communicate on my behalf to convey my feelings


I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Having a strong belief that I will discover my ideal place or state of happiness


Lost in the hills of Tennessee
Being unaware of my current whereabouts, hoping to locate my Paradise in the hills of Tennessee


Seventh Heaven it’s just a cabin
Referring to a humble cabin as my ultimate state of ecstasy or bliss


My Seventh Heaven
Emphasizing the personal significance of the cabin as my ultimate source of joy


There’s a little angel waitin’ down there
Believing that there is a small, divine being eagerly anticipating my arrival


With a little pray’r for me
Assuming that the angel has a sincere prayer reserved specifically for me


And the sun shines bright in
Describing the cheerful illumination provided by the sun


My lonely heart tonight
Expressing the feeling of emotional emptiness within me at this moment


In the hills of Tennessee
Reasserting the location of my search for Paradise, emphasizing the hills of Tennessee


I know I’m goin’ to find my Paradise
Maintaining a strong conviction that I will ultimately discover my desired state of happiness


Lost in the hills of Tennessee
Acknowledging once again that I am currently unaware of my exact location, but still hopeful to find my Paradise in the hills of Tennessee




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Comments from YouTube:

Maggie Young

I'm Luckyitsme's Dad using her youtube account and man do I love this song.  Wish I lived in the days when people appreciated this kind of music.

Diana Willoughby

Dear Luckyitsme and her Dad:  Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful song.  My sister (55) and me (65) were chatting about the music my Dad used to sing when we were kids.  She remembered the first line and I remembered the second line until we got to the actual title of it.  From there, I came looking to find the song and here you were!  Mr. Dad, please take comfort that people who truly love music will eventually find this kind, too.  I'm not even sure if you'll ever see this message, but I just want you to know that, for 3:05 minutes, our Daddy's spirit was with us as we listened.  What a gift you gave!

Mary Brewer

Diana Willoughby I grew up with these songs my dad sung them all the time great country music.

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