Thursday, April 19, 2012

LEVON HELM - RIP

 Levon Helm passed away earlier today.  He was a major part of The Band, playing drums and mandolin.  His voice was the most recognizable of any in the group.  You watch him play and sing and you can see the passion with which he performed his music.  He also was in film, his best known role being in The Right Stuff as he narrates the opening of the film and is Chuck Yeager's (Sam Shepard) side kick as Yeager prepares to break the sound barrier.

His is a talent that, in my opinion, was underrated and his talents will be missed. 


THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN - The Band


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 the people were singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me
"Virgil, quick, come see, there go the 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 singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Like my father before me, I will 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 by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"


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