The Song of the South: Dixie

Dixie was written by Daniel Decatur Emmett sometime in the mid-1800s. The song gained wide popularity throughout the country in the years leading up to the Civil War: however, during the war sympathies changed. The song was soon adopted as the de facto anthem of the South, and therefore of the Confederacy.

As popularity in the North cooled for political reasons, "Dixie" became cemented in southern heritage, and remains a popular folk song today. One day after the surrender of General Lee's army at Appomattox, President Lincoln addressed a crowd outside the White House:

I propose now closing up by requesting you play a certain piece of music or a tune. I thought "Dixie" one of the best tunes I ever heard . . . I had heard that our adversaries over the way had attempted to appropriate it. I insisted yesterday that we had fairly captured it . . . I presented the question to the Attorney-General, and he gave his opinion that it is our lawful prize . . . I ask the Band to give us a good turn upon it.

Dixie (mp3)

The example is played on a Lee Oskar Major Diatonic in the key of C.


Part 1

6B 5B 4B 4B 4B 4D 5B 5D 6B 6B 6B 5B 6D 6D 6D 6B 6D 6B 6D 7D 7B 8D 8B 7B 6B 7B 6B 5B 6B 4D 5B 4B

Repeat Part 1

Part 2

6B 6B 7B 8B 8d 7B 6D 7B 6D 8D 6D 8D 6B 6B 7B 8B 8D 7B 6D 7D 7B 6D 6B 5B 7B 5B 5B 4D

Part 3

5B 4B 5B 4D 6D 6B 5B 7B 5B 5B 4D 5B 4B 5B 4D 6D 6B 5B 8B 7B 8D 7B

This one takes a bit more practice. Once again, I reccomend putting it together one part at a time, and then putting it together at the end.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for the song history)