“”Dixie”, also known as “Dixie’s Land”, is one of the most distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and probably the best-known song to have come out of blackface minstrelsy. Although not a folk song at its creation, “Dixie” has since entered the American folk vernacular. The song likely cemented the word “Dixie” in the American vocabulary as a toponym for the Southern United States. Although most sources credit Ohio-born Daniel Decatur Emmett with the song’s composition, other people have claimed to have composed “Dixie”, even during Emmett’s lifetime. Compounding the problem of definitively establishing the song’s authorship are Emmett’s own confused accounts of its writing, and his tardiness in registering the song’s copyright. Its lyrics, written in a comic, exaggerated version of African American Vernacular English, tell the story of a homesick southerner
This is a modified version of the song. It has been taken from this record, but enhanced and remastered.