The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Lyrics - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash John R. Cash cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1975-3
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 3:28
composer: Robbie Robertson
lyricist: Robbie Robertson
Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville Train,
Til stonemans cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
In the winter of 65, we were hungry, just barely alive.
By may the tenth, richmond had fell, its a time I remember, oh so well,

The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing,
The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin. they went
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me,
Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!
Now I dont mind choppin wood, and I dont care if the moneys no good.
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest,
But they should never have taken the very best.

The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing,
The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin. they went
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,

Like my father before me, I will work the land,
Like my brother above me, who took a rebel 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 cant raise a caine back up when hes in defeat.

Tracklist
  • 1 My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)
  • 2 Hard Times Comin’
  • 3 The Lady Came From Baltimore
  • 4 Lonesome to the Bone
  • 5 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  • 6 Clean Your Own Tables
  • 7 Jesus Was Our Saviour (Cotton Was Our King)
  • 8 Reason to Believe
  • 9 Cocaine Carolina
  • 10 Smokey Factory Blues