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246 The National Music of America.
And Gen. Albert Pike tried to make " Dixie " serious with
" Southrons, hear your country call you ! Up, lest worse than Death befall you ! To arms ! To arms ! To arms in Dixie ! Lo ! all the beacon fires are lighted; Let all hearts be now united. To arms ! To arms ! To arms in Dixie ! Advance the flag of Dixie !
Hurrah! Hurrah! For Dixie's land we take our stand, And live or die for Dixie !
To arms ! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie."
Brilliant and spirited poems both, but try to sing the first lines only, to the dancelike themes, and the impossibility of wedding fiery words with jolly music will be plainly sensed.
"Dixie" was written as a "walk-around," by Dan Emmett (born in Ohio in 1815), and was first sung at Dan Bryant's Minstrel Show on Broadway, in New York, a year or two before the war. The writer of