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The Daily Poetry Movement

This was a song sung by slaves to each other. The song is in code for finding the underground railroad and escaping to freedom in America. 50,000 slaves would try to make a run for freedom each year. The penalties were tough: life, limbs, and torture. But what is life without freedom? Oh Ancestors, guide us to freedom!
Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the drinking gourd!
Follow the drinking gourd.
For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

When the sun comes back and the first quail calls,
Follow the drinking gourd,
For the old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

The riverbank makes a very good road,
The dead trees will show you the way,
Left foot, peg foot traveling on,
Following the drinking gourd.

The river ends between two hills,
Follow the drinking gourd,
There's another river on the other side,
Follow the drinking gourd.

Where the great big river meets the little river,
Follow the drinking gourd,
The old man is awaiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd