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Follow The Drinking Gourd


Tony Murnahan

Here is my interpretation of a traditional American folk song, "Follow The Drinking Gourd". "Follow the Drinking Gourd" was first published in 1928. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. These directions then enabled fleeing slaves to make their way north from Mobile, Alabama to the Ohio River and freedom. Taken at face value, the "drinking gourd" refers to the hollowed out gourd used by slaves (and other rural Americans) as a water dipper. But here it is used as a code name for the Big Dipper star formation, which points to Polaris, the Pole Star, and North. Guitar: Alvarez ABT-60 Strings: Elixir Baritone Pickup: Seymour Duncan MagMic