one of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. I think it was the one with the cowboy hat and I think his name was Frank.
and Max, you quoted from a 1993 song by the Band. is it really the Band
without Robbie Robertson?
Unfortunately Noonan beat you on the FFFB.
As for The Band, I was apprehensive too. But Jericho -- a post-RR production -- is a fine album. You could say they cheated by using a song sung by Richard Manual, who had committed suicide. I don't think the latest album -- Jubilation -- is quite as good. It also has a Manual song, like the other one quite good IMO.
Since Charles quoted 'Dixie' selectively, I should provide the full lyrics so that all may judge fairly.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
by J.R.Robertson. Album: The Band © 1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train, 'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again. In the winter of '65, We were hungry, just barely alive. By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and the bells were ringing, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and the people were singin'. They went La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La,
Back with my wife in Tennessee, When one day she called to me, "Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!" Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good. Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, But they should never have taken the very best.
Like my father before me, I will work the land, Like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand. He was just eighteen, proud and brave, But a Yankee laid him in his grave, I swear by the mud below my feet, You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat.
(Chorus and fade)
I'm reminded of C. Vann Woodward's remark that the people of the South were a people "that history happened to."