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The DRINKING GOURD. The song goes "follow the drinking gourd".

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The code word for the Big Dipper in the underground railroad song was "Follow the Drinking Gourd." This was a reference to using the constellation of the Big Dipper as a navigational guide to escape to the North.

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Was the drinking gourd the big dipper?

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