God Bless Robert E Lee Johnny Cash
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When Robert E. Lee surrended the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis was upset about it.
He said, how dare that man resent an order
Then somebody told him that General Lee had made the decision himself
In order to save lives because he felt that the battle comin' up
Would cost about 20,000 lives on both sides.
And he said 240,000 dead already is enough.
So this song is not about the North or the South, but about the bloody brother war.
Brother against brother father against son, the war that nobody won.
And for all those lives that were saved, I gotta say, God Bless Robert E. Lee.
[A]Well the mansion where the General used t[D]o live is burning down[A]
Cottonfields are blue, with Sherman's troops[E]
I o[A]verheard a Yankee say yeste[D]rday Nashville fell[A]
So I'm on my way, to join the fight General Lee might ne[E]ed my help.[A]
But look away, look away Dixie, I d[D]on't want them to see
What they're doing to my Dixie, God Bl[A]ess Rober[E]t E. Lee.[A]
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[A]Sherman's troops, burned Atlanta, and the fl[D]ames lit up the sky[A]
And those of us who survived it, ar[E]e watchin' my Dix[A]ie die.
But today, at Appamattox, G[D]eneral Lee sat dow[A]n
And surrended to the Yankees [E]and Ul[A]ysses S. Grant.
So look away look away Di[D]xie, I don't want them to see
What they're doing to [A]my Dixie,[E] God Bless Robert E. Lee.[A]
[A]I won't ever stop loving you my Dixie, till they pu[D]t me in the ground[A]
And the last words they probably hear from me are Go[E]d Bless Robert E. Lee[A]
Riff: (Slowly, let ring)