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Dan Emmett's Dixie

by Nicholas Sammond

Performed by the Metropolitan Mixed Chrous in 1916, this iteration of the popular 1850's minstrel tune features the voices of Donald Chalmers, Ada Jones and Bill Murray. Also known as "I Wish I Was in Dixie" and "Dixie's Land", the word Dixie is a short hand for the Old South, and the lyrics of the song explicitly refer to the history of cotton plantations and slavery. A nostalgic song to have come out of the blackface minstrel tradition, the origins of the song have been debated by scholars, though it became a wildly popular minstrel standard during the late 1800s.

Dan Emmett's Dixie

This version of Dan Emmett's Dixie is performed by the Metropolitan Mixed Chorus with Frank Stanley, Ada Jones, Bill Murray. One of the most well known songs to have come out of blackface minstrelsy, Dixie was the anthem of the Confederate South.

from Dixie (1916)
Creator: Daniel Decatur Emmett
Distributor: Public Domain
Posted by Nicholas Sammond