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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, who laments his lost plantation house and realizes that he really belongs in the South:Quoted in Nathan 244.

The song is notable for being the first printed reference to the South as "Dixie's Land":

A portion of the chorus was repeated in "Dixie" with slight variation.Nathan 254.


*Nathan, Hans (1962). 'Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy'. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

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