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"Johnny Roach" is an American song written by blackface minstrel composer Dan Emmett. The song was first published in 1859. The lyrics tell of a slave who has escaped to the Northern United States. He laments his lost plantation house and realizes that he really belongs in the South:
- To Canada old John was bound
- All by de railroad underground;
- He's got no clothes—he's got no "tin"
- He wishes he was back agin [sic].
The song is notable for being the first printed reference to the South as “Dixie’s Land”:
- Gib me de place called "Dixie's Land,"
- Wid hoe and shubble in my hand;
- Whar fiddles ring an' banjos play,
- I'll dance all night an' work all day.
- Quoted in Nathan 244.
- Nathan 254.
- Nathan, Hans (1962). Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
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