The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Written by Robbie Robertson
Chord-chart by Lynn Lewis

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intro:

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1.

Am / C / |F / D / | - Virgil Caine is my name, and I served on the Danville train, C / Am / |F / Am / | - 'til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again, F / C / |Am / F / | - In the winter of '65 - we were hungry - just barely a-live, Am / F / - By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, |C / Am / |D / / / It's a time - I re-member, oh so well.

chorus:

|C / F / |C / Am / The night - they drove old Dixie down - and the bells were ringing, |C / F / |C / Am / The night - they drove old Dixie down - and the people were singin' they went, C / Am / |D / |F / / / | Naaa - na-na na-na naaa, na-na na-naaa, na-na na-na na-naaa.

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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 choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good, Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, But they should never have taken the very best.

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

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outro.

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