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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.


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.


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


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From: (Steven Kaeser)

(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,

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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He said, "Do me a [Bm]favor, son, woncha [C]stay and keep Anna Lee [G]company?"[C]       [G]

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]

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]

Steven Kaeser (hm)
"May the farce remain with us, always" (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...