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This old Traditional song was connected with the Underground Railroad. It was a "Code" song in which The term "Drinking Gourd" means "The Big Dipper." Anyway, thats the way the story goes.

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Lyrics
When the sun goes back
and the first quail calls
Follow the drinking gourd
The old man is a-waitin' for
to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

The river bed makes a mighty fine road,
Dead trees to show you the way
And it's left foot, peg foot, traveling on
Follow the drinking gourd

Chorus
Follow the drinking gourd,
follow the drinking gourd
For the old man is a-waitin'
to carry you to freedom
Follow 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

I thought I heard the angels say
Follow the drinking gourd
The stars in the heavens
gonna show you the way
Follow the drinking gourd

Chorus
Follow the drinking gourd,
follow the drinking gourd
For the old man is a-waitin'
to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd
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Plays: 60
Downloads: 85
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Uploaded: Oct 16, 2010 - 07:36:50 PM
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010 - 07:36:50 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 08:41:03 PM
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Comments
alackbass said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Follow the Drinkin' Gourd
Man you have a knack for putting a modern touch on these classics while retaining their traditional flavor. And the production and mix are always flawless. Download!
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jibes said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Thanks alackbass
I enjoy doing them and doing them with a modern touch. And, thanks for your great comments on my "knockin' on heaven's door" cover. I love to do Dylan songs.
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michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Haven't hit the gourd in many years...
...but sure liked this very much Jibes! This is a great authentic western song (I would liken your version to the great recordings Frankie Laine put out in the 1950s--just has that "feel" about it.) Excellent work in all four corners here, capped by a marvelous walk out to the ending--thanks for sharing the "real deal"! Michael
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michaeljayklein said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
PS
I'll remember that about "the drinking gourd" while I do my star gazing when walking my dog this evening!
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jibes said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Thanks Michael
I wish I had a voice like Frankie Lane, he was very popular.
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Outtaorbit said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Old man waiting....
Very good........
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jibes said 2620 days ago (October 16th, 2010)
Thanks Mr Orbit!
#:>
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RosaLinda said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
You are
one of my fav artist Neal!
I simply love your voice!:):) And the music you do is so my taste! Beautiful!:)
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RAVENS said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Awesome
What a great song, and wow it's very catchy! Terrific guitar playing, great vocals & lyrics too!

RAVEN ;-)
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DWL said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Wow, neat work!
A tough of JJ Cale about this. Grea groove. Fine playing and excellent vocal.

Top marks methinks!

Cheers

Dick
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davisamerica said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
wow....
Neal this is a solid piece of work here. Production is really nice. The song structure is quiet nice. A really well performed tune as well. A very happy download for me.... thanks.
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fasteddie said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Nice!
This is really cool.

One of my favorites from you for sure.

Love the guitars and the sing along tale.

Awesome!
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Jarvoid said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Straight from the off,
straight in and solid gone,love this style of shuffly country music...when I get bigger this is how I want to play !Much enjoyed.

Jarvo.
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Loob said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Mark Knopfler channelled!
And that's one of my favorite artiststs!
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Roxylee said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Glad you left me a comment
so I could go to your page. Thanks for the song description. I really like your voice and wow, can you play!
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scofugate said 2619 days ago (October 17th, 2010)
Very cool,
Great Jon Neal!!- It takes me back my friend to the "classics". Wonderful vocals and guitar!
Kudos!
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dave_b said 2618 days ago (October 18th, 2010)
Follow the Drinkin' Gourd
Sounds like a mix of Mark Knopfler and Johnny Cash. Vocs have a lot of personality. Nice guitar lines and excellent production.
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Mike_Lynn said 2617 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Nice song
Yes agree. Good glimpse of Mark Knopfler. Very neatly performed. Strong guitarworks. Thanks for sharing.
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Rayelise said 2617 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
Follow the drinking gourd
What an awesome song and an awesome rendition of it. I love those code songs. Yeah I agree with the Mark Knopfler comparison.
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Vic Holman said 2617 days ago (October 19th, 2010)
classic
excellent job on turning around an old folk tune. has a nice contemporary approach. production and playing is great too!
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jibes said 2612 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
.
Wow! Lots of great comments. Thanks very much!!!
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