Standard guitar tuning:EADGBENo capo
CAmVirgil CC/Gain is my name and I sFerved on the DEmanville trDmain, AmTill Stonewall's cC/Gavalry came and tFore up the tEmracks agDmain. C/EIn the winter of sFixty-five we were hCungry, just Dmbarely alive. C/EBy May the tenth RFichmond had fell. It was a tCime I remDmember all so wDell. The nC/Gight they drFove old Dixie dC/Gown, And the bFells were ringing. The nC/Gight they drFove old Dixie dC/Gown, And the pFeople were singing. They went... "LC/Ga la la Amla la la, Gla la la la la Fla 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 don't mind I'm chopping 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 work the land. And 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 my the mud below my feet, You can't raise the cane back up when it's in the feed.
C C/B B♭ Am A♭ GTHE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN
BandC Am Virgil C/GCaine is the name, and I serveFd on thF/Ee DanvillDme train, Am 'Til Stoneman'C/Gs Calvery came anFd tore up thF/Ee tracksDm again. Am/E In the winter oFf '65, We werCe hungry, jusDmt barely alive. Am/E By May the tenthF, Richmond had fell, it's a tiCme I Dmremember, oh sDo well,
CThe C/GNight They DrFmaj7ove Old Dixie C/GDown, and the Fmaj7bells were ringing, The C/GNight They Fmaj7Drove Old Dixie C/GDown, and the Fmaj7people were singin'. They went C/GLa, La, La, AmLa, La, La, Gsus4La, La, La, La, La, La, F La, La, C Am Back with my wife iCn Tennessee, WheFn one day shF/Ee called tDmo me, Am "VirgilC, quick, come seeF, there goeF/Es Robert EDm. Lee!" Am/E Now I don't minFd choppin' wood, and CI don't care if thDme money's no good. Am/E Ya take what ya need and yFa leave the rest, But theCy never should havDme taken the verDy best. (Chorus) Am Like my father Cbefore meF, I wilF/El work thDme land, Am Like my brotheCr above meF, who took F/Ea rebeDml stand. Am/E He was just eighteenF, proud and brave,C But a Yankee laid hiDmm in his grave, Am/E I swear by the mud Fbelow my feet, YoCu can't raise a Caine bacDmk up when he's in Ddefeat. (Chorus and fade) And if you're interested, here is another song from the "Band": THE WEIGHT
BandGI pulled into BmNazareth, was Cfeelin' about half past Gdead; C G I just Bmneed some place where CI can lay my Ghead. C G "Hey, mister, can you Bmtell me where a Cman might find a Gbed?" C G He just grinned and Bmshook my hand, and "CNo!", was all he Gsaid. C G
CTake a Dload offC Fanny,G take aD load for Gfree; Take a Dload off CFanny, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on Gme.
G F♯♭ass Em Em7 CGI picked up my Bmbag, I went Clookin' for a place to Ghide; C G GWhen I saw BmCarmen and the Devil Cwalkin' side by Gside. C G I said, "Hey, BmCarmen, come Con, let's go downGtown." C G She said, "BmI gotta go, but my Cfriend can stick aGround." C G
CGo down, Miss BmMoses, there's Cnothin' you can Gsay C G It's just ol' BmLuke, and Luke's Cwaitin' on Judgement GDay. C G "Well, Luke, my Bmfriend, what aCbout young Anna GLee?" C G He said, "Do me a Bmfavor, son, woncha Cstay and keep Anna Lee Gcompany?"C G
CCrazy Chester Bmfollowed me, and he Ccaught me in the Gfog. C G He said, "I will Bmfix your rack, if Cyou'll take Jack, my Gdog." C G I said, "Wait a minute, BmChester, you know CI'm a peaceful Gman." C G He said, "BmThat's okay, boy, won't you Cfeed him when you Gcan." C G
CCatch a Bmcannon ball now, to Ctake me down the Gline C G My bag is Bmsinkin' low and I Cdo believe it's Gtime. C G To get back to Miss BmFanny, you know Cshe's the only Gone. C G Who sent me Bmhere with her reCgards for everyGone. C G