Nostalgia for old regimes (was: Re: [Marxism] A critique of Genovese

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 9 10:51:19 MDT 2004


(This song used to piss off Camejo.)

The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train,
'Til Stoneman's 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, it's 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 all the people were singin',
They went Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na

Back with my wife in Tennessee, When one day she called to me,
Virgil, quick, come and 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.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and the bells were ringing,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and all the people were singin',
They went Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na

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 can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat.



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