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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Songtext
von Joan Baez

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Songtext

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


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
Follow the bouncing arm

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"

Like my father before me, I'm a working man
And like my brother before me, I took a rebel stand
But he was just 18, proud and brave
But a yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the blood below my feet
You can't raise a Caine 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"

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Ausserdem wurde "I'll work the land" zu "I'm a working man" und
"You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat" zu "You can't raise the cane back up when it's in defeat" und andere Umdichtungen. ( "By May the 10th, Richmond had fell" -> I took the train to Richmond that fell)

"Im Rolling-Stone-Interview mit Kurt Loder gab Baez an, keinen geschriebenen Text gehabt zu haben, sie hätte stattdessen den Text so gesungen, wie sie ihn verstanden habe." (Wikipedia)

"Joan Baez had a cover version .... She added one little word - 'the' - which changed the General into the Mississippi steamboat of the same name. This word is neither in the official sheet music nor in the original studio version by 'The Band'.
Even worse: 'Stoneman's cavalry' became 'so much cavalry'." (Clement Eaton zitiert auf hp: theband.hiof.no)

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