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The History Cat: Dixie's land

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Published on Aug 20, 2008

Historical Info About The Song:

Written in 1850's by Ohio Native Daniel Decatur Emmett, dixie's land was originally written to be played in Southern Minstrel's, shows depicting Black-face and generally racist images of African Americans. Later on in the 1860's the lyrics underwent several changes and became the unofficial National Anthem of the Confederate States of America. The song endured much more popularity in the years after the Civil War. Southener's to this day sight the song as a symbol of pride to their culture, still though dixie's land has fallen from grace recently and has been dubbed "racist" by many of it's critics, who cite its origin and the imagery with the Confederacy as reasons why the song should not be played...

Lyrics:
I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten,
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.
In Dixie Land where I was born in, early on a frosty mornin',
Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land.

Then I wish I was in Dixie, hooray! hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand to live and die in Dixie,
Away, away, away down South in Dixie,
Away, away, away down South in Dixie

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