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JOAN BAEZ
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

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


'Til so much cavalry came and tore up the tracks again


In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive


I took the train to Richmond that fell


It was a time I remember, oh, so well


 


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the bells were ringin'


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the people were singin'


They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na..."


 


Back with my wife in Tennessee


And one day she said 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


Just take what you need and leave the rest


But they should never have taken the very best


 


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the bells were ringin'


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the people were singin'


They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na..."


 


Like my father before me, I'm a working man


And like my brother before me, I took a rebel stand


Oh, he was just eighteen, proud and brave


But a yankee laid him in his grave


I swear by the blood below my feet


You can't raise a Cane back up when he's in defeat


 


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the bells were ringin'


The night they drove old Dixie down


And all the people were singin'


They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na