Follow the Drinking Gourd What the Lyrics Mean. Click on the icon below to hear the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd”. 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. VERSE 1
What the Lyrics Mean
When the sun goes back and the first quail callsFollow the drinking gourdThe old man is a-waitin' forto carry you to freedomFollow the drinking gourd
ChorusFollow the drinking gourd,follow the drinking gourdFor the old man is a-waitin'to carry you to freedomFollow the drinking gourd
The river bed makes a mighty fine road,Dead trees to show you the wayAnd it's left foot, peg foot, traveling onFollow the drinking gourd
The river ends between two hillsFollow the drinking gourdThere's another river on the other sideFollow the drinking gourd
'Nuther riva on the other side The river on the other side of the hills is the Tennessee, which extends outward in an arc above Woodall Mountain. The left-hand side proceeds virtually due north to the Ohio river border with Illinois – definitely the preferred route, since the right hand side meanders back into northern Alabama and then proceeds up into Tennessee. Follers the drinkin' gou'd.
Follow the Drinking Gourd.
For the old man is a-waiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the Drinking Gourd.
I thought I heard the angels sayFollow the drinking gourdThe stars in the heavensgonna show you the wayFollow the drinking gourd