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Dixie
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Dixie is a nickname for the Southern region of the United States.

A song called "Dixie's Land" was written by an Ohio minstrel show composer, Daniel Decatur Emmett, first published by Phillip Werlein in New Orleans in 1859--many people identify the lyrics of the song with the iconography and ideology of the Old South.

According to the '\'Oxford English Dictionary, the nickname origins are obscure. According to A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles'' (1951), by Mitford M. Mathews, the three theories most commonly advanced to explain the term are:

  1. The word preserves the name of a kind slave owner on Manhattan Island, a Mr. Dixy. His rule was so kindly that "Dixy's Land" became famed far and wide as an Elysium abounding in material comforts.
  2. Ten dollar notes issued by the Citizens Bank of Lousiana before the Civil War bore the French 'dix', ten, on the reverse side and were consequently known as 'dixes' or 'dixies'. Hence Lousiana and eventually the South in general came to be known as the land of 'dixies' or 'dixies land.'
  3. Dixie is derived somehow from Dixon of the Mason-Dixon Line defining the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

"Dixie's Land"

The chorus and first verse are still well known in much of the U.S. South. The additional verses are very seldom heard.

Lyrics:

I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Old times there are not forgotten;
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
In Dixie's Land where I was born in,
Early on one frosty morning,
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's 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!

Old Missus married "Will the Weaver";
William was a gay deceiver!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
But when he put his arm around her,
Smiled as fierce as a forty-pounder!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's 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!

His face was sharp as a butcher's cleaver;
But that did not seem to grieve her!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
Old Missus acted the foolish part
And died for a man that broke her heart!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's 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!

Now here's a health to the next old missus
And all the gals that want to kiss us!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
But if you want to drive away sorrow,
Come and hear this song tomorrow!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's 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!

There's buckwheat cakes and Injin batter,
Makes you fat or a little fatter!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!
Then hoe it down and scratch your gravel,
To Dixie's Land I'm bound to travel!
Look away! Look away! Look away, Dixie's Land!

Then I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie's 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!

An early style of
jazz music is often known as "Dixieland".

See also: U.S. Southern states


  

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