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[213] all minstrel shows used to wind up with a ‘walk-around.’ The demand for them was constant, and Emmett was the composer of all the ‘walk-arounds’ of Bryant's band. Emmett of course went to work, but he had done so much in that line that nothing at first satisfactory to him presented itself. At last he hit upon the first two bars, and any composer can tell how good a start that is in the manufacture of a tune. By Sunday afternoon he had the words, commencing: ‘I wish I was in Dixie.’ This colloquial expression was not, as most people suppose, a Southern phrase, but first appeared among the circus people of the North. In early fall, when nipping frosts would overtake the tented wanderers, the boys would think of the genial warmth of that section for which they were heading, and the common expression would be, ‘Well, I wish I was down in Dixie.’


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