The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
by J.R.Robertson. Album: The Band
Fore more about this song, see Peter Viney's article.
C Am C/G F F/E Dm Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train, Am C/G F F/E Dm 'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again. Am/E F C Dm In the winter of '65, We were hungry, just barely alive. Am/E F C Dm D By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well, (Chorus) C/G Fmaj7 C/G Fmaj7 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and the bells were ringing, C/G Fmaj7 C/G Fmaj7 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and the people were singin'. They went C/G Am Gsus4 F C La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, Am C F F/E Dm Back with my wife in Tennessee, When one day she called to me, Am C F F/E Dm "Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!" Am/E F C Dm Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good. Am/E F Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, C Dm D But they should never have taken the very best. (Chorus) Am C F F/E Dm Like my father before me, I will work the land, Am C F F/E Dm Like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand. Am/E F C Dm He was just eighteen, proud and brave, But a Yankee laid him in his grave, Am/E F I swear by the mud below my feet, C Dm D You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat. (Chorus and fade)