It was the fourth track on their sixth studio album Northern Lights — Southern Crosswritten by member Robbie Robertson. The song is a portrayal of the troubled history of Nova Scotia and Acadia. Robertson's lyrics were influenced by Longfellow 's poem Evangelinewhich describes the deportation of Acadians.
Instrumentally, the recording is noted for its overdubbed fiddle playing by Byron Berline. Robertson took poetic license with the historical record. The deportations happened prior to a formal "war," so "the war" was not "over". The deportations ended when the war ended, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris Bowman rated "Acadian Driftwood" Yo Bitch Choze Me - Slush The Villain - Homies In The Hood "one of Robertson's finest compositions, equal to anything else the Band ever recorded.
Rolling Stone commented that in spite of getting a few facts wrong, "there's no better single song that spotlights the voices of Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel than Acadian Driftwood The song is absolutely beautiful and features stellar fiddle work by Byron Berline". The concert performance was omitted from the Martin Acadian Driftwood - The Band - Greatest Hits film of the concert and the original soundtrackbut was included in the box set soundtrack.
Shawn Colvin covered it on her album Uncovered. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Something Else! Retrieved Sarasota Herald-Tribune. December 14, Brackett, N. Acadian Driftwood - The Band - Greatest Hits Virgin Encyclopedia of Seventies Music. Hal Leonard. The Milwaukee Sentinel. The Band. Planet Waves The Basement Tapes.
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