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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (3:32)

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is a song written by Canadian musician Robbie Robertson, first recorded by The Band in 1969 and released on their self-titled second album.

The lyrics tell of the last days of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Confederate soldier Virgil Caine "served on the Danville train," the main supply line into the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia is holding the line at the… read more

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Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train
'Til 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.

The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Lyrics


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  • Part of enjoying music (for some) is digging into the lyrics to find the deeper meaning, and for some this involves conversing with strangers on the internet on the subject. Music inspires passion, so sometimes the discussion gets heated. You act surprised that people are talking about the song in the shoutbox. I'd rather see debate over lyrical interpretation than "<3 Kewl Song lolz <3"
  • Can we just enjoy the music?
  • The ignorance? Someone please explain. It WAS The Band's intention to shed a sympathetic light on the south, despite the outdated outlook on race at the time that this song is set. No one is saying "yay, slavery!". It was wrong and everybody knows that now. People just need to take a step back and understand context without jumping to absolutes like "this is racist". It's political correctness gone mad! The only way we can improve society is to empathize with those we disagree with, and understand why they do what they do so we can figure out how to change collective minds.
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