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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The Band/Robbie Robertson

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Virgil Cain is my name and I served on the Danville train,
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Till Stonewall's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
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In the winter of sixty-five we were hungry, just barely alive.
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By May the tenth Richmond had fell.
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It was a time I remember all so well.

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The night they drove old Dixie down,
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And the bells were ringing.
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The night they drove old Dixie down,
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And the people were singing.  They went...
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"La la la la la la, la la la la la 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.

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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.

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