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Thread #17760   Message #174043
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
05-Feb-00 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: RE: Help: Follow the Drinking Gourd meanings
In case anybody missed the reference, "the drinking gourd" referred to is the Big Dipper constellation, which points to the north star.

And "the old man" can't very well be the Mississippi, because "The old man is a-waitin' for to carry you to freedom," but the Mississippi would just carry you south to slave territory again. I assume it's got to be Peg Leg Joe who's a-waitin'.

Dave Oesterreich.