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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

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By: J R (Robbie) Robertson, 1969[1]



Performed: The Band, Joan Baez[2]

Bm D G Bm
Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
D Bm G Bm
Till Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
G D Bm G
In the winter of sixty five, we were hungry, just barely alive
Bm G
By May the tenth Richmond had fell
D Bm E E
It was a time I remember, oh so well
 
Chorus
D Bm G D
The night they drove old Dixie down
Bm
And all the bells were ringing
D Bm G D
The night they drove old Dixie down
Bm
And all the people were singing
D Bm E G G
They went "Naa, na-na naa na-na, na-naa, na-naa, naa naa na na naa"
 
Bm D G Bm
Back with my wife in Tennessee, and one day she called to me
D Bm G Bm
Virgil, quick come see, there goes the Robert E Lee
G D Bm G
Now I don't mind chopping wood, and I don't care if the money's no good
Bm G
You just take what you need and you leave the rest
D Bm E E
But they should never have taken the very best
 
Chorus
 
Bm D G Bm
Like my father before me, I will work the land
D Bm G Em
Just like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand
G D Bm G
He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave
Bm G
I swear by the mud below my feet
D Bm E E
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat
 
Chorus
Bm

Created 2009 Sep 15 01:29

This is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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