Follow the Drinking Gourd

Paul Austin Kelly

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An Afro-American spiritual about escaping slavery to freedom via a secret route. Medium tempo, haunting, relentless travelling song with synth solo.

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Trad.- P.A. Kelly

P.A. Kelly

When the sun goes back
And the first quail calls
Follow the drinking gourd
The old man’s a-waiting just to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

REFRAIN:
Follow the drinking gourd
Follow the drinking gourd
The old man’s a-waiting just to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

The riverbed makes a mighty fine road
Dead trees to show you the way
And it’s left foot, peg foot, carrying on
Follow the drinking gourd
(repeat REFRAIN)

I thought I heard the angels say
Follow the drinking gourd
The stars in the heavens gonna show you the way
Follow the drinking gourd
(repeat REFRAIN)

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