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Thread #17760   Message #172475
Posted By: GUEST,Pablo
02-Feb-00 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: Follow the Drinking Gourd meanings
Digitrad has great threads on Slavery songs, but what about the symbolic meanings of those lyrics for "Follow the Drinking Gourd." I remember some of them are more occult than just the big-dipper, north star bit in the title line.

The old man?

The dead trees show you the way?

Left foot, PEG FOOT ?

Any interpreters?

I'm singing this for inner-city grade school kids, along with Go Down Moses, and Many Thousands Gone.