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Thread #17760   Message #562731
Posted By: masato sakurai
01-Oct-01 - 02:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: Lyr Add: Follow the Drinking Gourd
I'll add all the lyrics from Parks' article above (titles were not given).

(1) Sung by a little Negro boy in Hot Springs, NC in 1912.

Foller the drinkin' gou'd,
Foller the drinkin' gou'd;
No one know, the wise man say,
"Foller the drinkin' gou'd."

(2) Sung by two Negro boys about sixteen, with violin and banjo, at Waller, Texas in 1918.

Foller the Risen Lawd,
Foller the Risen Lawd;
The bes' thing the Wise Man say,
"Foller the Risen Lawd."

(3) Sung by an old Negro at College Station, Texas.

When the sun come back,
When the firs' quail call,
Then the time is come
Foller the drinkin' gou'd.

(Chorus)
Foller the drinkin' gou'd,
Foller the drinkin' gou'd;
For the ole man say,
"Foller the drinkin' gou'd."

The riva's bank am a very good road,
The dead trees show the way,
Lef' foot, peg foot goin' on,
Foller the drinkin' gou'd.

(Chorus)

The riva ends a-tween two hills,
Foller the drinkin' gou'd;
'Nuther riva on the other side
Foller the drinkin' gou'd,

(Chorus)

What the little riva
Meet the grea' big un,
The ole man waits--
Foller the drinkin' gou'd.


Click to play

(from Lomax, 1934, taken from the article by H.B. Parks -JRO-)
Incidentally, Slave Songs was published in 1867 (my mistake); Botkin's Treasury (pp. 476-478) in 1947 (bibliographer's mistake). The author's name is Parks (not Park); the place name is Louisville.

~Masato