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Civil War Unit – Appendix B – On An Underground Railroad, Follow The Drinking Gourd songs

Subjects:

Language Arts, Music, Social Studies  

Grades:

4, 5, 6  

Title – Civil War Unit – Appendix B – On An Underground Railroad, Follow The Drinking Gourd songs
By – Sarah Higgins
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Music, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4th-6th
Contents:

B-1
“On An Underground Railroad”
lyrics by Kinny Landrum

In 1831 a slave named Tice
Escaped to Ohio ‘cross a river of ice
His owner followed him all the way along
But when they got to the bank, ol’ Tice was gone
He looked around for him far and wide
But then he rowed on back to the Kentucky side
He said, “That boy sure can swim
I never seen hide or hair of him”
But he musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Don’t know where he’s bound
But he’s going underground
The spark of freedom was so strong
It spread like a fire before too long
Uncle Tom’s Cabin fanned the flames
But those who helped went by many names
There was Harriet Tubman. They called her Moses
‘Cause she led so many out of Egypt to roses
And Levi Coffin they called President
‘Cause his was the house where three lines went
Henry Brown mailed himself in a box
To Philly, he musta been crazy like a fox
John Brown’s body lies a-moldering in the grave
‘Cause there’s so many that he tried to save
They all musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Don’t know where they’re bound
But they’re going underground
It wasn’t no subway and it wasn’t no train
But still they used the same kinds of names
Like conductors and passengers, stations and tracks
And you knew it was safe when you saw a quilt out back
With a smoking chimney on top
This was a place where you could stop for the night
Until the morning came
And you had to get back on board the train
Goin’ on off on the Underground Railroad
Goin’ on off on the Underground Railroad
Goin’ on off on the Underground Railroad
Don’t know where you’re bound
But you’re going underground
In 1856 the Supreme Court said
A slave is a slave until he’s dead
Dred Scott was chattel and not a man
He wasn’t a citizen of any land
The Fugitive Slave Law gave ‘em the right
To pick up a man off the streets at night
And ship him in chains back down South
He had no defense, he couldn’t open his mouth
Anyone who helped could be thrown in jail
And fined a grand without any bail
No wonder so many felt the time was now
They had to do something somehow
They got together and put a movement in place
To help their brothers in this human race
All went off on an Underground Railroad
All went off on an Underground Railroad
All went off on an Underground Railroad
Don’t know where they’re bound
But they’re going underground
You know he musta gone off
You know he musta gone off
You know he musta gone off
Goin’ underground
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad
Don’t know where he’s bound
But he’s going underground
music and lyrics by Kinny Landrum
© 1995 by Kinny Landrum and Electron Farm Publications

BB-2
“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, 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. (The Underground Railroad Site)

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