The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Virgil Cain is my name
And I drove on the Danville train
Till Stoneman's cavalry came
And tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65
We were hungry, just barely alive
I drove a train to Richmond, Nefelle
It was a time I remember very 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'
Naa na-na naa na-na,
Na-naa na-naa
Na-naa naa na-naa naa

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

Like my father before me
I'm a workin' man
Like my brother above me
I took a rebel stand
He was eighteen, proud and brave
But a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the blood beneath my feet
You can't raise a Cain back up when he's in defeat
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Live history

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been performed live a total of 1 times.
First known performance:
1971-09-01, Long Branch, NJ
The Bruce Springsteen Band
Last known performance:
1971-09-01, Long Branch, NJ
The Bruce Springsteen Band

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