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Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  Band



[Am]Virgil C[C/G]ain is my name and I s[F]erved on the D[Em]anville tr[Dm]ain,
[Am]Till Stoneman's c[C/G]avalry came and t[F]ore up the t[Em]racks ag[Dm]ain.
[C/E]In the winter of s[F]ixty-five we were h[C]ungry, just [Dm]barely alive.
[C/E]By May the tenth R[F]ichmond had fell.
It was a t[C]ime I rem[Dm]ember all so w[D]ell.
The n[C/G]ight they dr[F]ove old Dixie d[C/G]own,
And the b[F]ells were ringing.
The n[C/G]ight they dr[F]ove old Dixie d[C/G]own,
And the p[F]eople were singing.  They went...
"L[C/G]a la la [Am]la la la, [G]la la la la la [F]la la la 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 I'm 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.

(refrain)

Like my father before me, I 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 my the mud below my feet,
You can't raise the cane back up when it's in the feed.

(refrain)

|C C/B |Bb Am |Ab G |

(refrain)


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From: skaeser@hr.house.gov (Steven Kaeser)

THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN
(The Band)


[C]   [Am]  Virgil [C/G]Caine is the name, and I serve[F]d on th[F/E]e Danvill[Dm]e train,
[Am]     'Til Stoneman'[C/G]s Calvery came an[F]d tore up th[F/E]e tracks[Dm] again.
[Am/E]     In the winter o[F]f '65, We wer[C]e hungry, jus[Dm]t barely alive.
[Am/E]     By May the tenth[F], Richmond had fell, it's a ti[C]me I [Dm]remember, oh s[D]o well,
(Chorus)

The [C/G]Night They Dr[Fmaj7]ove Old Dixie [C/G]Down, and the [Fmaj7]bells were ringing,

The [C/G]Night They [Fmaj7]Drove Old Dixie [C/G]Down, and the [Fmaj7]people were singin'.  They went
[C/G]La,  La, La, [Am]La, La, La,     [Gsus4]La, La, La, La, La, La, [F]   La, La,    [C]
   [Am]  Back with my wife i[C]n Tennessee, Whe[F]n one day sh[F/E]e called t[Dm]o me,
   [Am]  "Virgil[C], quick, come see[F], there goe[F/E]s Robert E[Dm]. Lee!"
   [Am/E]  Now I don't min[F]d choppin' wood, and [C]I don't care if th[Dm]e money's no good.
   [Am/E]  Ya take what ya need and y[F]a leave the rest,
     But the[C]y never should hav[Dm]e taken the ver[D]y best.     (Chorus)
   [Am]  Like my father [C]before me[F], I wil[F/E]l work th[Dm]e land,
   [Am]  Like my brothe[C]r above me[F], who took [F/E]a rebe[Dm]l stand.
   [Am/E]  He was just eighteen[F], proud and brave,[C]  But a Yankee laid hi[Dm]m in his grave,
   [Am/E]  I swear by the mud [F]below my feet,
     Yo[C]u can't raise a Caine bac[Dm]k up when he's in [D]defeat.    (Chorus and fade)
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And if you're interested, here is another song from the "Band":

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THE WEIGHT
(The Band)
[G]I pulled into [Bm]Nazareth, was [C]feelin' about half past [G]dead;  [C]     [G]

I just [Bm]need some place where [C]I can lay my [G]head.  [C]       [G]

"Hey, mister, can you [Bm]tell me where a [C]man might find a [G]bed?"   [C]      [G]
He just grinned and [Bm]shook my hand, and "[C]No!", was all he [G]said.  [C]       [G]
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(Chorus)
Take a [D]load off[C] Fanny,[G] take a[D] load for [G]free;

Take a [D]load off [C]Fanny, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on [G]me.

[G(F#bass]                [Em]         [Em7]          [C]                                                  
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[G]I picked up my [Bm]bag, I went [C]lookin' for a place to [G]hide;   [C]      [G]
[G]When I saw [Bm]Carmen and the Devil [C]walkin' side by [G]side.  [C]       [G]
I said, "Hey, [Bm]Carmen, come [C]on, let's go down[G]town." [C]       [G]
She said, "[Bm]I gotta go, but my [C]friend can stick a[G]round." [C]        [G]
(Chorus)

Go down, Miss [Bm]Moses, there's [C]nothin' you can [G]say     [C]        [G]

It's just ol' [Bm]Luke, and Luke's [C]waitin' on Judgement [G]Day.   [C]       [G]
"Well, Luke, my [Bm]friend, what a[C]bout young Anna [G]Lee?"  [C]       [G]
He said, "Do me a [Bm]favor, son, woncha [C]stay and keep Anna Lee [G]company?"[C]       [G]
(Chorus)

Crazy Chester [Bm]followed me, and he [C]caught me in the [G]fog.   [C]       [G]

He said, "I will [Bm]fix your rack, if [C]you'll take Jack, my [G]dog."  [C]       [G]
I said, "Wait a minute, [Bm]Chester, you know [C]I'm a peaceful [G]man."  [C]       [G]
He said, "[Bm]That's okay, boy, won't you [C]feed him when you [G]can."  [C]       [G]
(Chorus)

Catch a [Bm]cannon ball now, to [C]take me down the [G]line   [C]       [G]

My bag is [Bm]sinkin' low and I [C]do believe it's [G]time.  [C]       [G]
To get back to Miss [Bm]Fanny, you know [C]she's the only [G]one.   [C]       [G]
Who sent me [Bm]here with her re[C]gards for every[G]one.   [C]       [G]
(Chorus)

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Steven Kaeser skaeser@cais.com (hm)
"May the farce remain with us, always" skaeser@hr.house.gov (wk)
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LBrian (report)

Second two lines of each verse begin with A minor just like the first two. Try that it sounds more like it.

surfdude2000 (report)

Corrected second line of lyrics: should read "Stoneman's", not "Stonewall's"...

Stoneman was a Union General. Stonewall Jackson was a Confederate and not likely to tear up any Southern railroad...