Skip to comments.Football, Cheerleaders and the Band Played Dixie
Posted on 08/26/2011 3:27:34 PM PDT by BigReb555
On April 14, 1865, after General Robert E. Lees surrender, President Abraham Lincoln said: Now Let the Band Play Dixie; it belongs neither to the South, nor to the North but to us all."
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The Ole Miss Cheerleaders and school Mascot Colonel Reb lifted the spirit of fans who waved Confederate flags and cheered to the band playing Dixie? Today, however, Colonel Reb has been replaced and flag waving discouraged. Some call for sensitivity and understanding toward some people but apparently this respect does not apply toward Southern-Americans who love God and are proud of the old traditions of their native South land of which many books and movies are written about.
And, do you remember the aroma of hot dogs and fries and fairs during those lazy fall days when .
School bands from North and South of the Mason-Dixon Line played Dixie during school sports games? Do you know the history of the Dixie that is a joyful sound of inspiration and pride for many people?
In 1859, Ohio Native Dan Emmett first performed Dixie in New York City to an enthusiastic-cheerful crowd. Two years later, on February 18, 1861, the band played Dixie at the Inauguration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama.
And on April 14, 1865, after General Robert E. Lees surrender, President Abraham Lincoln said: Now Let the Band Play Dixie; it belongs neither to the South, nor to the North but to us all.-New York Times Sunday Magazine, August 11, 1907.
For 150 years American school bands have played Dixie including the Milton High school Dixie Eagles Band who performed Dixie at the invitation and inauguration of the late Lester G. Maddox as Governor of Georgia in January 1967.
Dixie was played in 1976, during Americas Bi-Centennial birthday, at the Old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and the late Johnny Cash sang Dixie at the Ford Theater in Washington , D.C. to then President Jimmy Carter and members of the United States Congress. Dixie has been performed by many great musicians including; Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Lawrence Welk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, John Phillip Sousa, Osmond Brothers, Boxcar Willie, Jane Froman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mitch Miller, Johnny Hartman, Patsy, The Rebelaires and in 1943 the late great Bing Crosby portrayed Dan Emmett in the wonderful Paramount movie Dixie.
Roz Bowie, a proud Black Southern Lady, sang Dixie in 1986 at the reburial of a Confederate Soldier in Columbia, South Carolina.
So, what happened to the song Dixie that has lifted the souls of students, teachers, parents and fans? Many of our institutions of learning have stopped playing Dixie even though the song is universally loved.
What happened to Dixie" that was the official band music of the Confederate and Union Armies? What happened to this song that Northern and Southern children sang from their schools standard song book?
Today, men and women serve overseas to free the people of Iraq and Afghanistan....But school bands are no longer allowed to play Dixie" and "Under God" is under attack in the pledge of allegiance.
In a cemetery in Mount Vernon Ohio lies Dan Emmett, the Composer of Dixie, whose headstone reads: "Daniel Decatur Emmett 1815 - 1904 whose song ' Dixie Land' inspired the courage and devotion of the Southern people and now thrills the hearts of a reunited nation." Three miles North of Emmetts grave are the graves of Ben and Lew Snowden of a Black musical family. On their tombstone are the words They taught Dixie to Dan Emmett.
Dixie is a song for all people of all races and backgrounds. Let the band play Dixie!
When I was a kid growing up in Defuniak Springs, FL, the local radio station signed on with the Star Spangled Banner, but they signed off with Dixie.
I also remember when the University of Florida had small Confederate flags on their helmets.
Away, away, away down South in Dixie!
a video from Gods and Generals at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjOIFGrYtaE and
lastly for all us Texans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHiURKkY0Q&feature=related and
And just for good measure, another Marty Robbins song: Big Iron
Great assortment of links there, thanks.
It’s a damned good anthem. Makes me pine for the South despite never having been there.
and Elvis' "An American Trilogy"
Big Iron always loved that.
My paternal grandfather’s middle name was Dixie. He was born in Obion County, Tennessee in 1899 and died in Port Orchard, Washington in 1949 - three years before my birth.
and Rose of Alabamy
and Johnny Cash's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
One of the reasons to go to the Stone Mt. Highland
games Tattoo, they still unashamedly play DIXIE.
It is after all part of the highland Appalachian
Slow instrumental, acoustic guitar.
Amen, Charles! Amen--
Which door at Jerry World were they able to herd the Steelers cheerleaders through for the Super Bowl?
Thought not a Southerner myself,one of the more touching things I ever read was on a plaque on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol:
Carmack’s Pledge to the South
The South is a land that has known sorrows; it is a land that has broken the ashen crust and moistened it with tears; A land scarred and riven by the plowshare of war and billowed with the graves of her dead; but a land of legend, a land of song, a land of hallowed and heroic memories.
To that land every drop of my blood, every fibre of my being, every pulsation of my heart is consecrated forever. I was born of her womb; I was nurtured by her breast; and when my last hour shall come, I pray God that I may be pillowed upon her bosom and rocked to sleep within her tender and encircling arms.
This part of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has alway brought tears to my eyes and I have them now as I post this.
As has this from "13 Days of Glory":
"Now the bugles are silent
And there's rust on each sword
And the small band of soldiers...
Lie asleep in the arms of the Lord...
Bless them, Bless them All.
The had live music under the oaks and magnolias, with the musicians packed into a huge gazebo. Just picture-perfect.
And then, at the end of the festivities, the happy couple got in their car to depart - and the band played Dixie as the car pulled away. Now, you'd expect the parents of the bride and groom to be emotional - but everyone there seemed to have a lump in their throat. Well, everyone over age twenty.
Ever since then, I've thought of that tune as something like a fine old bottle of whiskey - appropriate for very special occasions and when in the company of people who you know will appreciate it.
Or as Robert Duvall portrayed in Gods and Generals
Unfortunately, I... have!
LOL...great tune, but why no words??
My dad, still kicking at 91, made sure my brother and I knew what a real fight song was:
Still gives me goosebumps!
Let's go you Baltimore Colts
And put that ball across the line,
So, drive on you Baltimore Colts -
Go in and strike like lightning bolts,
Fight, fight, fight,
Rear up you Colts and let's fight -
Crash through and show them your might -
For Baltimore and Maryland -
You will march on to victory.
Fight Song with an introduction by Johnny Unitas"
- - - by Jo Lombardi & Benjamin Klasmer
Gadzooks! That still feels... good to go!
Gadzooks, Cuttn, that means... I have to reply with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7csGhMQoQms
And my and Rick Perry's favorite college football fight song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkbAwgmGrnw
And that old World War Two quote: "Give me a handful of West Pointers and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war!"
The Navy at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnt3r6z5ns
The Air Force at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C95Cb2ByHNA&feature=related
And for my departed best friend ever and his Coast Guard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rC9WxzBPKw
Wow, when those F-14 took on those Zeros!
And in conclusion, boys ans girls, one of my favorite Civil War and Errol Flynn films, little know 1950's Rocky Mountain and its closing sequence here as a bunch of undercover Rebs give their lives for some Yankees when Errol says, "They've seen our backs. Let's show them our faces."
I always get a tear in my eyes at the end of this film.
Wow, when those F-14 took on those Zeros!
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I kind of ‘forget’ the little bit of Japanese I had learned (in order to ‘survive’) but I do know the exchange between the Zero pilots was “Wow WTF was that”? Naturally, that is just a loose translation.
I remember in the early 60’s and living in Alabama, listening to the radio station sign on in the morning with ‘Dixie’...
I remember when every FSU football game started with Dixie. I was there for 4 years of them. The last year they tried to ban it but we all just stood up and sang it anyway. That was the end of that.