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FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD


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Jamie Hopkings 23 Mar 99 - 11:12 PM
Roger in Baltimore 24 Mar 99 - 06:36 AM
JFF,III 24 Mar 99 - 09:31 PM
SailormomRita (inactive) 24 Mar 99 - 11:52 PM
harpgirl 11 Apr 04 - 07:40 PM
Cattail 12 Apr 04 - 07:56 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Apr 04 - 10:19 PM
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Subject: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: Jamie Hopkings
Date: 23 Mar 99 - 11:12 PM

Looking for the trad. chords to "Follow the Drinking Gourd". Any help would be much appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 Mar 99 - 06:36 AM

Jamie,

The lyrics are in the DT database (see the upper right hand corner of your screen, type in {Drinking Gourd]

Here is how I play it:


FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD

Am
When the sun goes back and the first quail calls
Dm---------Am
Follow the drinking gourd
-----------------G--------------F------------Em
The old man is a-waitin' for to carry you to freedom
Am---------Em-------Am
Follow the drinking gourd.

Dm----------Am
Follow the drinking gourd,
Dm----------Am
Follow the drinking gourd
---------------------G----------F------------Em
For the old man is a-waitin' to carry you to freedom
Am---------Em-------Am
Follow the drinking gourd

(This verse is a tad different from the others).
Am
The river bed makes a mighty fine road,
Dm------------Em-----------Am
Dead trees to show you the way
--------------------G---------F---------Em
And it's left foot, peg foot, traveling on
Am---------Em-------Am
Follow the drinking gourd


Enjoy the song!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: JFF,III
Date: 24 Mar 99 - 09:31 PM

If you have access to a Borders Bookstore or Barnes & Noble or a good stringed instrument store, you should be able to find a copy of RISE UP SINGING which is an excellent publication put out by an organization called Sing Out! The book has lyrics and suggested, simplified chords to about 1200 songs including "Follow the Drinking Gourd." There is no sheet music included so you have to already know the tunes but they do have excellent training tapes which are expensive at $180 for the entire set of six groups of tapes but well worth it. Hope you are able to get a copy if you don't already have it. Best regards, John


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: SailormomRita (inactive)
Date: 24 Mar 99 - 11:52 PM

Well...I highly recommend that same book...RISE UP SINGING. It is especially relavent to the songs most popular in the 60's & 70's.


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: harpgirl
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 07:40 PM

This song is in the Dorian Mode. D minor, G major... Examples, "What Shall We do with a Drunken Sailor", "Follow the Drinking Gourd", "Wondrous Love," (Sam Hinton, SINGOUT, Vol 16, No2).


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: Cattail
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 07:56 PM

Hi Jamie

The Penguin Book of American Folk Songs gives the chords as:-


1.

         Em
When the sun comes back and the first quail calls,

Am
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,

    G          D          Em          B7
The old man is a-wait-in' to carry you to free-dom,

Em          B7       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd.


CHORUS

A            Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,

A
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,

    Em          D          Em          B7
The old man is a-wait-in' to carry you to free-dom,

Em          B7       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd


*************************************************

The Weavers song book gives them as:-


1.

         Em
When the sun comes back and the first quail calls,


Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,

    G          D          Em          Bm
The old man is a-wait-in' to carry you to free-dom,

Em          Bm       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd.



CHORUS

Em   A       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,


    A       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd,

         G            D             Em             Bm
For the old man is a-wait-in' for to car-ry you to free-dom,


Em          Bm       Em
Fol-low the drin-kin' gourd



There ain't a lot of difference in it, missing out the Am on the
second line and substituting Bm for B7, thats it!

You pays your money and you takes your choice as they say.


Hope this comes out as I typed it in, and that it helps.


Cheers for now

Cattail !


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Subject: RE: Drinking Gourd Chords
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 10:19 PM

The original sheet music, copied correctly by Lomax and Lomax, 1938, in American Ballads and Folk Songs, pp. 227-228,is found in the first report of this controversial song, "Follow De Drinkin' Gou'd," 1928, Publ. Texas Folk-Lore Soc., No. VII, ed. J. Frank Dobie, pp. 81-83, "Foller De Drinkin' Gou'd," four verses and chorus.
Whether this is an old song or one devised by someone with access to information from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, where it was collected, is not known.


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