Drinking Gourd

Story Behind The Song

I am planning a cd that has as many elements in the life of America..people, places, war all in song and I hope to cover a lot of ground. so this is my choice for our Afican-Americn brother had thought to do "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" but this won out.

Song Description

Maybe a song that was sung to help slaves flee north too freedom. It is suppose to come from history.

Song Length 3:14 Genre Folk - General, Folk - Americana
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Passive, Composed Subject Life, Universe
Language English Era 1800 - 1899


Chorus.... Follow the drinking gourd -follow the drinking gourd
The old man is waiting for to carrie you to freedom..Follow the drinking gourd.

When the sun comes back and the first quail calls... follow the the drinking gourd, for the old man is waiting for to carrier you to freedom, follow the drinking gourd


Riverbed makes a mighty fine road, the dead trees will show you the way,
left foot peg foot traveling on...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 heaven's gonna show you the way....follow the drinking gourd



Beautiful voice and melody, very well performed and recorded. I love this type of Irish inspired folk music its always haunting and lyrical. Well done.

Great song very nice message. Instrumentation was nice.

I have heard tunes about "The Drinking Gourd"...i am well versed in the Underground Railroad...this is well done.

Here's a great cover of a Negro spiritual and I'll bet my thumb pick that the artist is Ms. Delta. She specializes in this kind of rendition and they're always a great listen. The instrumentation had depth and nicely complemented her wonderful vocals.

A nice folk song, true to the genre & reminds me of Peter, Paul & Mary.

Lyrics Traditional Music Joe Podlesny
Producer Joe Podlesny Publisher Joe Podlesny
Performance Delta Burnett Reed/music arranger Joe Podlesny Label Avocet Studio
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