FTDG

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FTDGFollow the Drinking Gourd (song)
FTDGForage Trading Development Group (New Zealand)
FTDGFor the Damn Glory!
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1987), who currently is pursuing a doctorate degree in early music at the University of Southern California, has written an arrangement of an African American folksong entitled Follow the Drinking Gourd. According to legend, the song was encoded escape instructions and a "map" used by a conductor of the Underground Railroad, called Peg Leg Joe, to guide fugitive slaves to freedom.
I knew the songs of the era, such as "Follow the Drinking Gourd." It made me follow everything a young minister was doing in the South.
Another spiritual, Follow the Drinking Gourd, directed escapees to look for the Big Dipper in the night sky and head north to freedom.
In a section dedicated to the music of the Underground Railroad, Leon Bibb sings "Follow the Drinking Gourd," instructing runaways to follow the Big Dipper north to freedom, and Joseph Crawford is the vocalist for "There's a Meetin' Here Tonight," which told plantation hands of secret gatherings.
These songs commented on their love for God, desire for freedom, total disdain for the institution of slavery, and plans for secret meetings or escape as expressed in the familiar lines "Steal away to Jesus, I ain't got long to stay here," and "Follow the drinking gourd."
An allegorical song called "Follow the Drinking Gourd" was one such avenue to freedom.
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.
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.
When the great big river meets the little river Follow the Drinking Gourd. For the old man is a-waiting for to carry you to freedom If you follow the Drinking Gourd.
Follow the Drinking Gourd, follow the Drinking Gourd For the old man is a-waiting for to carry you to freedom If you follow the Drinking Gourd.