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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez


Soundtrack: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Song Lyrics


Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train
'Til so much cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
I took the train to Richmond that fell
It was a time I remember, oh, so well
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na..."
Back with my wife in Tennessee
And one day she said to me,
"Virgil, quick! Come see!
There goes Robert E. Lee."
Now I don't mind, I'm chopping wood
And I don't care if the money's no good
Just take what you need and leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na..."
Like my father before me, I'm a working man
And like my brother before me, I took a rebel stand
Oh, he was just eighteen, proud and brave
But a yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the blood below my feet
You can't raise a Cane back up when he's in defeat
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na..."



October, 19th 2017
Joan Baez did this folk and Americana-styled song. In it, she tells of how her life had been before soldiers from cavalry came and chopped their world into pieces. Supposedly, she performed this song in the acute phase of the anti-war mood of the American nation, and it sounds pretty inspirational even after so many years. She tells how did soldiers took a person who was close to her, named Dixie, as she couldn’t expect they would take the most precious thing to her. Her brother was of only 18 years old. Now he is lying in the grave because he had enough courage to stand up against the war order.

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