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Song Parodies -> "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Original Song Title:

"The Night Chicago Died"

Original Performer:

Paper Lace

Parody Song Title:

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Parody Written by:

Patrick McWilliams

The Lyrics

I remember the original song, and how inaccurate it was. Al Capone never had to shoot it out with the Chicago police, he owned them. Fun song nevertheless. A couple months ago I was watching the movie "Flyboys". A young man from a wealthy family asks another pilot what his father did for a living. He replied "My Daddy was a slave". With a few months effort, I was able to expand on the story a bit.
My Daddy was a slave
Down on the old Caine Plantation
Deep in the CSA
Those were the bad old days

When the sun was as hot as steel
And the sweat would begin to drip
We would toil in the cotton field
'neath the overseer's whip

Then a man named Massa Jeff
Took a bold, defiant step
He would wage war to the knife
To defend a way of life

I heard the Rebel Yell
The white folks cheered the day Fort Sumter fell
Lordy, what a fight they said it was!
Lordy, what a blow for the Noble Cause!
Glory be!

They rang the steeple bell
Our soldiers really gave them Yankees hell!
Met 'em at a place they called "Bull Run"
Chased them all the way to Washington
Yes, indeed!

Then the young men marched away
And I could hear their mamas pray
While all their sweethearts whispered "Stay"
To their heroes dressed in gray

Soon four Aprils came and went
And they limped home, frail and spent
Some of them could barely crawl
Some did not come back at all

I heard their mamas cry
"My poor young Johnnie, why'd he have to die?
Lord, oh give me strength to face this pain
Tell me that his death was not in vain, no indeed"!

I saw my master frown
It was the night they drove old Dixie down
People didn't seem to cheer no more
When they got a closer look at war, no indeed!

Then the war at last was done
And nobody really won

So we learned to taste defeat
There was not much else to eat
And we had no crop that fall
General Sherman burned it all

And then Abe Lincoln died
And everybody cried
In the dark of night old Abe was slain
Who will set the country right again, who indeed?

My daddy said to me
"My son, at last we're free
Never thought I'd live to see the day
Hopin' we can find a better way, yes indeed"!

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Michael Pacholek - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
You actually managed to merge three songs: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "The Night Chicago Died," and the song Paper Lace recorded first but got ripped off on: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero." From what I hear, Virgil Caine packed his bags and sailed around Cape Horn and landed in China, where he met a local girl, and the boy grew up to be a Shaolin priest, came to the U.S., and... I'm reaching now, aren't I?
Patrick - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
My great-grandfather left Mississippi when the war ended. He went to Kansas. A friend of mine is descended from Confederates from Florida and Texas who emigrated to Brazil. Now you have figured out the ancestry of Kwai Chiang Caine. Actually, not totally far-fetched story.
Tommy Turtle - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Telling history through parody -- what a *brilliant* idea! :-D

Extra-clever to change POV from the OS white Southern singer to that of a slave. Now, please explain to me again why you don't think you have the chops to take a slice of "Pie"? [1] 555+++


[1] "American", of course. :-D ... speaking of ancestry, a close friend/ex was born and reared in the State that started it all, as was her family for some generations back.

Uh-oh, follow-on idea just hit, since you're into the history of that whole tragic affair :

Some Enchanted Evening -- (South Pacific)
Sumter: Cannon, Heaving
Southern Lands Are Leaving
Sumter: Many Grieving

Take any or all.
Patrick - May 14, 2011 - Report this comment
From what I hear, the South refers to the Battle of Bull Run as "Manassas". But "kicking Yankee asses" didn't fit the pacing, and doesn't sound authentic to the period.

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