The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17760   Message #562824
Posted By: masato sakurai
01-Oct-01 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Meaning: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Subject: RE: Help: Follow the Drinking Gourd meanings
Parks writes about an incident when he for the first time heard the boy sing this song (no. 1) in 1912:

It is very doubtful if this part of the song would have attracted anyone's attention had not the old grandfather, who had been sitting on a block of wood in front of the cabin, slowly got up and, taking his cane, giving the boy a sound lick across the back with the admonition not to sing that song again. This excited my curiosity and I asked the old man why he did not want the boy to sing the song. The only answer I could get was that it was bad luck.