Corby J Bates You can voice your opinion.
This shit is getting too out of hand. Its grasp of history is Wikipedia-deep and full of the sort of cloying specificity that’s a hallmark of third-rate historical fiction. The impetus for the discussion is when 26-year-old Easy Eye Sound-signed singer and songwriter Early James from Alabama performed a version of the song on a tribute to the movie The Last Waltz that chronicles The Band’s final concert. Many of these small farms, of the plantation are still owned by their descendants today!
So I’ll rephrase it in a way that maybe you’re able to comprehend.
Di Harris Foster is, by most accounts, one of the ten most important musicians/songwriters in American history, even though he would use some unfortunate verbiage in his songs, especially by today’s standards. the confederacy lasted five years. No one is trying to bring back slavery and segregation, Mike W. You can manage your newsletter subscriptions at any time. I don5 necessarily disagree with you but someone needs to make a stand on the face of things getting too ridiculous. Period. August 9, 2020 @ 12:32 am. That’s what it meant to me.”, For his part, James doesn’t see his revision of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” as a particularly brave act, compared to what protesters in support of Black Lives Matter have risked this year. 9:48 am, King honky,I think you would be more comfortable on 4 Chan,with like minded individuals…, Jake Cutter August 8, 2020 @
The latter featured “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” one of the highlights of The Band’s catalog and its best showcase for Helm’s powerful southern voice. King Honky Of Crackershire He lives through a starving winter only to have his city fall from the confederacy.
6:16 am. August 8, 2020 @
By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. It’s how we can stick together as a people, as a nation. I’m all for progress, equality, and I’m liberal at heart. And “Danville train” and “tracks again” rhyme if you have a heavy Toronto accent, but definitely not if you’re from anywhere in the American South. Probably the greatest song ever written. So what do we do about this cluelessness as it unfurls in real time?
I spent a lot of years trying to explain this to people who didn’t grow up with it and generally got called a lot of names for my trouble. 10:52 am. It’s sort of like the tune “Ashokan Farewell” that is also not an ACW tune, but is now associated with the ACW due to Ken Burns using it in his series on the ACW.
I don’t believe the song was intended to be anyone’s “anthem,” and people who embrace it as such are doing something much worse than missing the point. And you'll never see this message again. etc.
The thing about all this flag iconography and reactionary politics is how it’s shifted and reinvented itself. Fuck this guy and the whole woke movement. Only recently it has become problematic. Today’s “Americana scene” is a far cry worse. Unless you were born at that time and raised in that culture you don’t know. It’s like a breath of fresh air to read some reasonable commentary these days. August 9, 2020 @
Clarification: not in my personal top 20.
Same reason why Robert Byrd and Joe Biden were allowed to stay despite racist actions and comments.
8:29 am. Trigger, Cody Jinks did an announcement yesterday on his Facebook talking about a shit ton of stuff he’s got coming, including a podcast, a red rocks album, a live album, several albums of country songs he’s been writing during quarantine, and a rock album?
Robbie Robertson wrote this song, which is set during the American Civil War - "Dixie" is a term indicating the old American South, which was defeated by the Union army. Just glorifying the South and making all the excuses in the world.”, James, a self-described nerd who’d sought out his own reading material on the subject, recalls drawing the same teacher’s ire by praising the Union cause: “He thought it was terrible that I thought Sherman was cool for burning down Atlanta.
But then they start pulling down Columbus statues, too – sure he’s a monster, but they were erected as part of America’s founding myth and a way for Italian Americans to integrate with American culture, not as a symbol of oppression. As for the song, I’ve always liked it. We need to move the USA forward together, while we still can. But you can’t imprint that interpretation on Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Joan Baez, or any of the other performers of the song. A man suffering at the hands of a lost cause. There is absolutely no way to listen to the song or read the lyrics and come away with anything offensive, racist, or bigoted. NattyBumpo August 9, 2020 @
Di Harris (Article originally caught my eye because i read the Rolling Stone article recently so i figured this was worth reading also), Di Harris The Democrat Party was more to blame for slavery than the region known as The South, evident in the fact that there are counties in The South that have voted Republican since before the war.
It is telling a story from the perspective of a poor Southerner at the end of The Civil War who “is in defeat.” But all of a sudden the song is being presented as problematic—as we knew it eventually would be—and bereft of critical details of the song’s writing and legacy for context.
9:54 am, Over the past year I have heard people complain about a multitude of artists (Charlie Daniels and Lynard Skynard come to mind) Like Rodney Crowell sang “Ignorance is the Enemy” . Rolling Stone & Rolling Stone Country needs to die. 618creekrat
Then the concept came to him and he researched the subject with help from the Band's drummer Levon Helm, a native of Arkansas. Early James needs to think about writing his own song, rather than twisting this one to his own agenda.
First time I heard it was a cover by (I think) Joan Baez and I didn’t think much about it then. August 9, 2020 @ Would he really have had moral superiority if he had lived then? 8:14 pm, Jake Cutter And the fact was that were I grew up was extremely racist and that bullheaded attachment to old ways is the key part of the attraction to the flag. 3 on the charts in 1971. Maybe if he wants to be completely “woke” he should stop imitating blues music that was created by slaves and black people living under Jim Crow- not change a classic song about a poor southern man during the civil war.
10:22 am. The (D) is a get out of jail free card. August 11, 2020 @ For generations, the Lost Cause movement used culture — statues, novels, films, songs — to tell us lies about our own history.
Thanks for trying to protect us all from diversity of thought though, you’re my hero.
The problem is who don’t get to choose who you are pissing off.
If the quotes attributed to Early James in Trigger’s article are accurate, then Early James is an idiot. The South fell battling under the banner of State rights, but yet grand and glorious even in death.
It is OK to make the Founding Fathers black but ScarJo can’t play a transgender character. It’s about the devastation of war as experienced from the losing side, but, with the possible exception of the line “They should never have taken the very best” (an ambiguous they that could refer to either the Confederate war machine or the Union army), which prompts some audible applause in The Last Waltz, there’s not much in the song that rings as an explicit endorsement of the Confederacy. Early James strikes me as the kind of guy who would be sure to wear his seatbelt as he drove his wife over to her boyfriend’s house at 9:00 PM on a Tuesday, and then wait patiently in the driveway until she was done, and then after 4 hours of sleep would serve her breakfast in bed before heading off to work to provide for almost all her needs.
He was a history teacher, but he didn’t want to know the facts.
So by their logic, the Democratic Party should be cancelled and discontinued immediately because it supported slavery and blocked attempts at integration. Send us a tip using our anonymous form.
Too many people are moving to extremes, both right and left. Does that piss you off, Early?
Good job- and commenters the same goes for y’all, this time.
Thanks for the reminder – I mean to look it up sometime. same goes for the republic party.
Just don’t expect me to stay silent while the same people that praise anything goes mentality are clutching pearls over a song about a broken farmer. The reference to Robert E Lee is a reference to the paddle steamer called the Robert E Lee. The are buried up North! Of course, everyone can interpret songs differently. The reason this article focuses on the lyrics is because it’s a rebuttal to another article.
9:24 am. That’s important work and must continue. 1:56 pm. It is a romantic song, even if it’s about defeat, otherwise I don’t think it would be so enduring.
Your email address will not be published. They are both chilling in their way, but most people don’t find them categorically offensive, because we understand they are fictions.
That’s odd…cuz i’m all for diversity AND diversity of thought. August 8, 2020 @ Let people decide if they want something to go away with their dollars and attention. 10:06 am. Artists in the Americana scene—which Early James and Marcus King squarely are—are being put in a very difficult situation at the moment. That is a lot of thinking to ask of a listener. The song is clearly a southern gothic fictional tragedy.
I think Robertson’s description of it as a movie is pretty fitting, Savanah Jo McLary
The question has been long ago settled and is buried forever, never in this age or generation to be resurrected. Writer Simon Vozick-Levinson calls it a “troubling requiem for the Confederate cause” and “a vehicle for a harmful, racist American myth,” but offers no real argument of why this would be the case. Virgil Caine was probably too poor to have slaves. August 8, 2020 @
It was inspired after Robbie went to meet Levon Helm’s parents in Arkansas, who lived in a home on stilts. Thank you. Though diving into comments on social media can be a fool’s proposition, reading through them shows that the vast majority of Rolling Stone‘s own readers strongly disagree with their characterization of the song.
10:42 am. I’d like to see an end to this “woke/cancel culture” nonsense and a return to free speech and accountability.
I don’t feel it glorifies the Democrat Party. All I said was that some topics are perfectly fine while other topics aren’t. People are stupid. “People take that song as their anthem. Sorry, kind of went down a rabbit hole there for a second, but my point is that we need to talk about this shit, and not reflexively “cancel” those who don’t completely align with our viewpoints. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt. For more than 50 years, it’s been the contradiction at the heart of the Band’s catalog — a poignant song, sung with passion and grit by the late Levon Helm, yet ultimately a vehicle for a harmful, racist American myth. kapam
9:10 am. August 10, 2020 @ August 10, 2020 @ This song was clearly about the impact of the war on the poor in the South and not about glorifying the Confederacy. So I’M SURE THAT THE SMALL DIRT FARMERS WHO FOUGHT FOR THE CONFEDERACY, DID SO, FOR THE WEALTHY PLANTERS “SLAVES!” The South was invaded by the tyrant Abraham Lincoln and his UNION ARMY… THEY FOUGHT FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR HOMES!! He forced that blissful ignorance on us.”. Conformity that leads to your own disaster. 12:11 pm. Big Tex
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