“I'll Never Leave Old Dixie Land Again”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (recording, Bogue Ford)
Keywords: homesickness loneliness love home return reunion separation slavery
Found in: US(MW)

Description

Singer, a former slave, returns to Dixie and his beloved Dinah again, after having spent time living in Kansas. He says the weather there is enough to freeze him, and he misses his home, so he'll never leave old Dixie Land again

Notes

A minstrel-show song, without a doubt. Ford sings it in dialect.

A significant number of freed slaves did in fact settle in Kansas during the years after the Civil War. - PJS

Recordings

References

  1. Roud #15470
  2. BI, RcINLODA