New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

By J.R.Robertson.
© 1970 Canaan Music, Inc.

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 singin'. They went
La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La,

Back with my wife in Tennessee, When one day she said to me,
"Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!"
Now I don't mind'em 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.


Like my father before me, I'm a workin' man,
Like my brother above me, I 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.

(Chorus and fade)

Lyrics taken from

Correct | Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:

songmeaningsPost my meaning

  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 16, 2012 at 4:16 am
    With the exception of the comments that state it was stoneman, not stonewall, that tore up the tracks, these are some of the most retarded comments i have seen in blog. Seriously.
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 6, 2012 at 2:05 am
    Well, people sing la la la people say na na na like don't walk to richond its obviously a southern city that lincoln shouldn't walk to like snow white. No, he didn't listen. He didn't know a chump could get up on the prez if he ignored all the people. Well, it was a little right, like a restaurants bill. But the republic is supposed to win.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    The line" til stonewall's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again" is incorrect. Should be stoneman's cavalry. Stonewall jackson was a confed. Leader and would not have torn up the tracks.
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 26, 2011 at 3:47 am
    The line is: "there go the robert e. Lee" not "there goes robert e. Lee". Lee was not in tennesse at this time of the war. It likely was referring to a vessel of some kind named after lee. You can look it up and/or check robbie robinson's lyrics.
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm
    U can't raise herman cain when he's in his grave. Whitey is still driving the black man down,even one so sauve!

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    Min 50 words
    Not bad

    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.