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Podcast – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”

No one has standing to re-write the myth.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Related: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Wikipedia
Related: Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed? – Rolling Stone
Related: ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Needs No Redemption | Saving Country Music

Music:  The Band rendition:
https://williamatell.files.wordpress.com/2043/04/06-the-night-they-drove-old-dixie-down-remastered-2000.mp3

Lyrics, from Genius.com:

[Verse 1]:
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

[Chorus]:
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”

[Verse 2]:
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 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

[Chorus]
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”

[Verse 3]
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

[Chorus]
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”
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”