“I'se Gwine Back to Dixie”

Alternate titles: “Gwine Back to Dixie”
Author: Charles A. White
Earliest date: 1874 (sheet music publication)
Keywords: age homesickness loneliness home return travel farming river work food nonballad family
Found in: US

Description

Singer, having left Dixie, pines for the usual things: home, food, etc. He swore that if he left, he'd never return, but now "time has changed the old man, his head is bending low." "I'm going back to Dixie...I'm going where the orange blossoms grow...."

Long description

Singer, having left Dixie, pines for the usual things: home, the old plantation, hominy, punkin, and red gravy. He says that, working on the farm and on the river, he swore that if he left, he'd never return, but now "time has changed the old man, his head is bending low" and his heart turns back to Dixie. Chorus: "I'm going back to Dixie...I'm going where the orange blossoms grow...My heart turns back to Dixie, and I must go"

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References

  1. DT, HEARTDIX
  2. BI, DTheartd