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

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Virgil Caine is the name
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And I served on the Danville train
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Till Stoneman's cavalry came
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And tore up the tracks again
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In the winter of sixty five
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We were hungry just barely alive
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By May the tenth Richmond had fell
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It's a time I remember oh 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
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They went Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na
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Na Na Na Na Na Na


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


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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
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They went Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na
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Na Na Na Na Na Na


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


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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
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They went Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na
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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".