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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Lyrics

Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It's a time I remember, oh so well

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me
"Virgil, quick, come see, there go the Robert E.Lee"
Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Like my father before me, I will work the land
And like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand
He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"

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Songwriter(s): Robbie Robertson
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Meaning to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" song text (6 meanings)
Sherparick 11/10/12,08:20
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George Stoneman was a Union Major General he led a cavalry raid into North Carolina and Southwest Virginia in March 1865. The song refers to an actual historical event.
ladee 10/22/12,13:52
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Cavalry is a segment of the military, usually on horseback. Calvary is the hill Jesus died on. It is Stoneman's cavalry.
RSailor 09/25/12,09:37
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Baez originally sang the song just the way she misunderstood the recorded lyrics. In her version for the Muppets she actually sang Stonewalls calvary. Ooops That would be Confederate general Stonewall. Search Youtube for The Muppet Show The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
rea 04/23/12,20:17
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Karen Hill's right, but she's also wrong. The printed lyrics are as written by Robbie Robertson. Joan Baez sang it the way Karen remembers, though.
Max 01/27/12,23:23
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IT is Stoneman's Calvary. Stoneman's Raid is a well known raid that took place in Western North Carolina and parts north. I lived in Salisbury, NC and there is a marker speaking of this.
Thomas 12/15/11,04:21
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@Karen Hill - You are wrong. There are some errors here, but that is not one of them. That is how Robertson wrote the lyrics, referring to General George Stoneman.
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