The Slavery Experience

Song

Follow the Drinking Gourd

When the Sun comes back  And the first quail calls  Follow the Drinking Gourd,  For the old man is a-waiting 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, travelling 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.  When the great big river meets the little river  Follow the Drinking Gourd.  For the old man is a-waiting for to carry to freedom  If you follow the Drinking Gourd.

Why?

I chose this because it is a song with a good meaning and it aslo has a hidden meaning that talks about the underground railroad. The author made this song to inform slaves of the underground railroad. Many slaves used songs to pass messages along and do this without the slave owners knowing. This shows that slaves would pass messages through songs and this was the only way they could really communicate between them and slaves from different plantations.
Follow the Drinking Gourd