The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Uke tab by The Band

6 Chords used in the song: Am,C,F,D,G,G7

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Am Am      C C
Virgil Caine is the name
F F Am Am
And I served on the Danville train
C C Am Am
'Till Stoneman's cavalry came
F F Am Am
And tore up the tracks again
F F C C
In the winter of sixty five
Am Am F F
We were hungry, just barely alive
Am Am F F
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
C C D D G G G7 G7
It's a time I remember, oh so well


C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the bells were ringing
C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the people were singing
C C Am Am D D
They went, "Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
F F
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na.


Am Am C C
Back with my wife in Tennessee
F F Am Am
When one day she called to me
C C Am Am
"Virgil, quick, come see,
F F Am Am
There goes Robert E E. Lee!"
F F C C
Now, I don't mind chopping wood
Am Am F F
And I don't care if the money's no good
Am Am F F
You take what you need and you leave the rest
C C D D G G G7 G7
But they should never have taken the very best


C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the bells were ringing
C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the people were singing
C C Am Am D D
They went, "Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
F F
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na.


Am Am C C
Like my father before me
F F Am Am
I will work the land
C C Am Am
And like my brother above me
F F Am Am
Who took a rebel stand
F F C C
He was just eighteen, proud and brave
Am Am F F
But a Yankee laid him in his grave
Am Am F F
I swear by the mud below my feet
C C D D
You can't raise a Caine back up
G G G7 G7
When he's in defeat


C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the bells were ringing
C C F F C C
The night they drove old Dixie down
Am Am
And the people were singing
C C Am Am D D
They went, "Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
F F
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na.

 

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About this song

"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 Siege of Petersburg. As part of the offensive campaign, Union Army General George Stoneman's forces "tore up the track again".