The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band - Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 (The Rock Of Ages
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Levon Helm provided the lead vocals. The song is a first-person narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the protagonist, a poor white Southerner, during the last year of the American Civil Warwhen George Stoneman was raiding southwest Virginia.
The song appeared at number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest songs of all time. Joan Baez recorded a version of the song that became a top-five chart hit in late The song was written by Robbie Robertsonwho spent about eight months working on it.
Then the concept came to him and he researched the subject with help from the Band's drummer Levon Helm, a native of Arkansas. I remember taking him to the library so he could research the history and geography of the Heart On My Sleeve - Various - Tell It Thru The Song and make General Robert E.
Lee come out with all due respect. The lyrics tell of the last days of the American Civil Warportraying the suffering of the protagonist, Virgil Caine, a poor white Southerner. Dixie is the historical nickname for the states making up the Confederate States of America.
Virgil Caine is the name, and I served 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 By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well. The Band frequently performed the song in concert, and it is included on the group's live albums Rock of Ages and Before the Flood The song also appears on the film's soundtrack album as well as on the group's second box set, A Musical History and their double-disk collection of Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire) - Jim Steinman - Bad For Good, To Kingdome Come.
The last time the song was performed by Helm was in The Last Waltz. Helm refused to play the song afterwards. Although it has long been believed that the reason for Shock - Angel Face refusal to play the song was a dispute with Robertson over songwriting credits, according to Garth Hudson it was due to Helm's dislike for Joan Baez's version.
It was number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest songs of all time. Ralph J. Gleason in the review in Rolling Stone U. Nothing I have read … has brought home the overwhelming human sense of history that this song does.
It's a remarkable song, the rhythmic structure, the voice of Levon X-Rated Movie - Commodores - Natural High the bass line with the drum accents and then the heavy close harmony of Levon, Richard and Rick in the theme, make it seem impossible that this isn't some traditional material handed down from father to son straight from that winter of to today.
It has that ring of truth and the whole aura of authenticity. The song has become a part of the ideology of Lost Cause of the Confederacy  reflecting the perception of the South prostrate in defeat.
The most successful version of the song was released by Joan Baez in It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot chart in the US in October that year and spent five weeks atop the easy listening chart.
The version reached number six in the pop charts in the UK in October The song became a Gold record. Baez's version was used during a pivotal scene in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and is included on the film's soundtrack. The Baez recording had some changes in the lyrics. In more recent years in her concerts, Baez has performed the song as originally written by Robertson.
Johnny Cash recorded the song on his album John R. Old-time musician Jimmy Arnold recorded the song on his album Southern Soulwhich was composed of songs associated with the Southern side of the Civil War. A fairly large-scale orchestrated version of the song appears on the concept album California '99 by Jimmie Haskellwith lead vocal by Jimmy Witherspoon.
InJohnny Logan covered the song on his album, Irishman in America. Club 's A. Undercover: Summer Break series. The lyrics are about a young man dying because of his drug addiction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 21, Retrieved November 9, Retrieved September 2, Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band - Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 (The Rock Of Ages Retrieved July 4, American Songwriter.
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