In 1859 Daniel Emmett wrote the well known song titled Dixie (originally titled I Wish I Was In Dixie and also known as Dixie's Land). It immediately became quite popular in the North, and spread southward eventually being adopted as the national anthem of the Confederacy during the US Civil War.
A full length copy of a letter published in the Richmond Dispatch in 1893 does an excellent job of detailing the background and history of the composition of this song. The letter speaks of the clouded past of the song, including a fight over who wrote the song (Emmett was paid $600 for the copyright to the song but the new owner claimed it as his own). In the end, despite the incredible success of Dixie in the black face minstrelsy shows of the time period, Emmett died a poor, broken man, never reaping the long term rewards from the song he had penned.
A recording of the song in OGG format is available for download.
A scanned image of the original score is available through the Wikimedia Commons.
The lyrics (words) to Dixie's Land:
Oh I wish I was in de land ob de cotton, Ol’ times dere are not forgotten, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land. In Dixie’s land where I was born, Early on one frosty morn, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land.
CHORUS: And I wish I was in Dixie, Away! Away! In Dixie’s land I’ll take my stand, To live and die in Dixie. Look away! Look away! Look away down south in Dixie. Well buckwheat cakes and a stony batter, Makes you fat or a little fatter, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land. Here’s a health to the next ol’ missus, And all the gals that wants to kiss us, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land.
CHORUS Now if you want to drive away sorrow, Come and hear this song tomorrow, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land. Then a’hoe it down and scratch your gravel, To Dixie’s land I’m bound to travel, Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie land. CHORUS
you should have piano sheet music too.
While we don't have any dedicated piano music here the nice thing is that pianists can play almost any of the music in the part lists. If it does not fall in a good key for you try using the Scorch viewer window and transpose it into the key you want.
Dixie is probsbly one of the fondest memories of my southern childhood. I suppose that it was the theme song for our school, and when ir was played, you better not be sitting down. God Bless our southern heritage...as they say, Southern by birth, Southern by the Grace of God.
i came across the sheet music for this tune a few yrs ago for the bag pipes.. wish i kept it as i can't find it now.. sounded pretty good on the pipes
which is best for piano?