Fortnight For Freedom: Dixie

Saturday, June 27, AD 2015

Fortnight For Freedom 2015

 I have always thought `Dixie’ one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it. [Applause.] I presented the question to the Attorney General, and he gave it as his legal opinion that it is our lawful prize. [Laughter and applause.] I now request the band to favor me with its performance.’”

Abraham Lincoln, requesting the playing of Dixie when a crowd came to the White House after Lee’s Surrender.

Something for the weekend.  Well, after the Confederate flag madness of this week, the only appropriate song is Dixie.  One of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite songs, it now may become an anthem of a new movement against the suffocating political correctness that is threatening the freedom of our land.  Bob Dylan’s rendition of Dixie prior to the world going crazy:

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  • One derogative version that I have heard starts:

    Look away down South to the land of cotton;
    My feet stink, but yours are rotten.

  • In the Tennessee Ernie Ford version at 1:40, he sings swear upon your country’s “altar”. What does that mean?

  • The lyrics containing this are:

    Swear upon your country’s altar
    Never to submit or falter–
    To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
    Till the spoilers are defeated,
    Till the Lord’s work is completed!
    To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

    A common phrase at the time was “to offer myself on the altar of my country”, meaning a soldier would risk his life for his country. It has a quasi-religious connation sound, but that was not probably the intent of whoever penned the lyrics to the Confederate war song variant of Dixie. Additionally. literate people tended to read a good deal more classical history at that time than we do today, and it may be a reference to an act like Hamilcar Barca, who, after Carthage lost the First Punic War, had his son Hannibal, the great Carthaginian general of the Second Punic War, swear upon an altar ever lasting enmity to Rome. If this was the allusion, it was an unfortunate one for the Confederacy, since Carthage lost the Second Punic War.