Some years back, I saw this country singer do a tender, doleful rendition of Dixie, at a concert. It might have been at political event, it’s been so long, I don’t even remember. (I don’t even remember performers name. It was around the 1988 presidential election [for those of you old enough to remember that]. So a lot has happened, since then.)
Anyways, the performer actually made a surprising mistake, of sorts at least. He treated the song like it was a tender, patriotic song for the South. Actually, it was originally a minstrel song, performed by people in black face. Yes, it is kind of racist. And it was always played in fast, comical fashion. It was for this reason, it was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite song, in fact (he probably had depression, you know).
Anyways, as I just pointed out, it was meant to be funny, not tender and solemn. So it really has very little to do with Southern pride.
Also interesting, the song’s creator supported the North, during the Civil War.
Anyone else have any interesting tidbits about this song, or any other from the Civil War, for that matter? I love it when the irony of these things is suddenly revealed.