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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘To Arms In Dixie’ – 1861

 

Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music.

In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up the soul of the American People far more than the strains of moderne music that have washed upon the nation’s shores. This series is offered as a reminder of the Spirit of America as given voice in song.

 

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To Arms In Dixie

Confederate Battle Flag

 
In 1861 ‘To Arms In Dixie’ was a rallying call to war for over five million Americans in eleven of then thirty-seven state of the Union in the epic conflict the American Civil War, the Second American Revolution for the Confederate States of America (CSA). This Southern call to arms was driven by more than just a desire to preserve slavery. These American citizens rose to defend their sovereignty, self-determination and way of life against what they judged was overbearing Northern government and politicians.

Though strategically ill-thought out, greatly outweighed industrially, an avoidance of growing human rights in Western Civilization and unprepared for the savage on-slaught that conflict would bring, the passions and desires of these fellow Americans long gone, deserve our respect throughout American history.

The song was a version of “Dixie”, also known as “I Wish I Was in Dixie”, “Dixie’s Land”, and other titles, a popular American song of 1861.

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Albert Pike

The Confederate version of Dixie, also called “The War Song of Dixie” or “Dixie War Song”, was written by Henry Throop Stanton and published in 1861. It was a popular morale booster for the Confederate army.

An additional Confederate version of Dixie, called “Everybody’s Dixie”, was written by General Albert Pike. It was the most popular Civil War version of Dixie

Source Wikipedia.

Civil War Facts

Various versions:

 


CONFEDERATE SONG ~ TO ARMS IN DIXIE

Tennessee Ernie Ford


To Arms In Dixie

 

 


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Lyrics

Jefferson Davis around age 54, c.1862

Southrons, hear your country call you,
Up, lest worse than death befall you!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Lo! all the beacon-fires are lighted,
Let all hearts be now united!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

(Chorus)
Advance the flag of Dixie!
Hurrah! Hurrah!
In Dixie’s land we take our stand,
And live or die for Dixie!
To arms! To arms!
And conquer peace for Dixie!
To arms! To arms!
And conquer peace for Dixie!

Ft. Sumter

Hear the Northern thunders mutter!
Northern flags in South winds flutter!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Send them back your fierce defiance!
Stamp upon the cursed alliance!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Fear no danger! Shun no labor!
Lift up rifle, pike, and sabre!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Shoulder pressing close to shoulder,
Let the odds make each heart bolder!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

How the South’s great heart rejoices
At your cannon’s ringing voices!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
For faith betrayed and pledges broken,
Wrongs inflicted, insults spoken,
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

Strong as lions, swift as eagles,
Back to their kennels hunt these beagles!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Cut the unequal bonds asunder!
Let them hence each other plunder!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

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!

Halt not till our Federation
Secures among earth’s powers its station!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Then at peace and crowned with glory,
Hear your children tell the story!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

If the loved ones weep in sadness,
Victory soon shall bring them gladness
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!
Exultant pride soon vanish sorrow;
Smiles chase tears away to-morrow!
To arms! To arms! To arms, in Dixie!

 
 
 

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