The Night They Drove Old Dixie
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Virgil Kane is the name
And I served on the Danville train
'Till Stoneman's cavalry came
And tore up the tracks again

In the winter of '65
We were hungry, just barely alive
By May the 10th, 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, "Na, na, la, na, na, la"

Back with my wife in Tennessee
When one day she called to me
"Virgil, quick, come see,
There goes Robert E. Lee!"

Now, I don't mind chopping wood
And I don't care if the money's no good
You take what you need
And you 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, "Na, na, la, na, na, 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 18, proud and brave
But a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Kane 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, la, na, na, la"

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, la, na, na, la"

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Songwriter(s): Robbie Robertson
Record Label(s): This Compilation 2000 Capitol Records, Inc
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Meaning to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" song lyrics (6 meanings)
Sherparick November 10, 2012-8:20
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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 October 22, 2012-13:52
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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 September 25, 2012-9:37
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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 April 23, 2012-20:17
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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 January 27, 2012-23:23
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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 December 15, 2011-4:21
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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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