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Dixie

The Unofficial National Anthem of the Confederacy

This most famous of the Confederate songs was written and published in 1859 by a Northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett, for the Bryant Minstrels and debuted the same year in New York City. There are two possibilities for the meaning of the word dixie in the song. It could refer simply to the area below the Mason-Dixon Line. It might also refer to the worthless ten dollar bills issued in New Orleans that were called "dixies" because the French word dix (ten) was printed on them. There are more verses to the song than what I've reproduced here, but these are the best known.

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 one frosty morning'
Look away! Look away! Look away!
Dixie Land

Chorus

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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