THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN

The Band

 

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 etc

 

 

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