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Thread #17760 Message #172682
Posted By: GUEST,Frank of Toledo
02-Feb-00 - 11:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: RE: Help: Follow the Drinking Gourd meanings
I'm quoting from a Weavers' songbook, date 1960. In the Introductory Notes they say "To most readers of a book like this, the crediting of material is of minor interest. To say therefore that the name Paul Campbell, to which many of the songs in this book are assigned, was a pseudonym adopted from 1950 to 1953 for Ronnie Gilbert Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger should ordinarily suffice. However the Weavers' employment of a nom de plume had a significance considerably beyond its use as a publishing device." This include the song "Follow The Drinking Gourd".