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Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals

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SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT


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Subject: Lyr Add: DANVILLE CHARIOT (I DON'T WANT TO STAY...
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 03:56 PM

DANVILLE CHARIOT
^^ (I DON'T WANT TO STAY HERE NO LONGER)

Cho.
Oh, swing low, sweet chariot,
Pray let me enter in,
I don't want to stay here no longer.

I done been to heaven, an' I done been tried,
I done been to de water, an' I done been baptized;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Oh, down to the water I was led,
My soul got fed with de heavenly bread;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Cho.
I had a little book, an' I read it through,
I got my Jesus as well as you;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Oh, I got a mother in de promised land,
I hope my mother will feed dem lambs;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Cho.
Oh, some go to church for to holler an' shout,
Before six months dey're all turned out;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Oh, some go to church for to laugh an' talk,
But dey knows nothin' 'bout dat Christian walk;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Cho.
Oh, shout, shout, de debil is about,
Oh, shut your do' an' keep him out;
I don' want to stay here no longer.
For he is so much-a like a snake-a in de grass,
If you don' mind he will get you at las';
I don' want to stay here no longer.
Cho.

Printed in Fenner, 1874, Cabin and Plantation Songs, as The Danville Chariot, p. 11. In Dett, 1927, p. 38-39, as I Don't Want To Stay Here No Longer. Both give sheet music. A variant in Burleigh, Plantation Melodies Old and New, as I Doan' Want Fu' T' Stay Hyeah No Longah, p. 3.
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SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT I
^^^
I looked over Jordan, an' what did I see,
Coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

Cho.
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,
Coming for to carry me home,
Tell all my friends I'm coming too,
Coming for to carry me home.
Cho.
The brightest day that ever I saw,
Coming for to carry me home,
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Coming for to carry me home.
Cho.
I'm sometimes up and sometimes down,
Coming for to carry me home,
But still my soul feels heavenly bound,
Coming for to carry me home.
Cho.

From Negro Spirituals, or the Songs of the Jubilee Singers, no. 2.
DT version lacks last two verses.
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SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT II
^^
I ain't never been to heaven, but Ah been told,
Comin' fuh to carry me home,
Dat de streets in heaben am paved with gold,
Comin' fuh to carry me home.
Cho.
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' fuh to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' fuh to carry me home.

Dat ain't all, Ah got mo' besides,
Ah been tuh de ribber an' Ah been baptize.

Lemme tell yuh whut's a mattah o' fac',
Ef yuh evah leaves de debbil, yuh nevah go back.

Yuh see dem sisters dress so fine?
Well, dey ain't got Jesus on dey min'.

Ef salvation wuz a thing money could buy,
Den de rich would live an de po' would die.

But Ah'm so glad God fix it so,
Dat the rich mus' die jes' as well as de po'!

Archie A. Searcy, Houston, Texas, collected by John A. and Alan Lomax, American Ballads and Folk Songs, p. 608-610.
All of these spirituals have verses that appear in others as well.
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Subject: Lyr Add: SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 04:14 PM

SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT III

Cho.
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
I don't want to leave me behind.

Oh, de good ole chariot swing so low,
Good ole chariot swing so low,
Oh, de good ole chariot swing so low,
I don't want to leave me behind.
Cho.
Oh, de good ole chariot will take us all home,
De good ole chariot will take us all home,
Oh, de good ole chariot will take us all home,
I don't want to leave me behind.
Cho.

Fenner, T. F., in Armstrong et al., Cabin and Plantation Songs, 1874, p. 179, with sheet music.
An older, simpler version with different melody.
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Subject: Lyr Add: LOW DOWN CHARIOT
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 04:28 PM

LOW DOWN CHARIOT
^^
Oh, let-n me ride, oh, let-n me ride,
Oh, let-n me ride, Oh, let-n me ride,
Oh, let-n me ride, oh, let-n me ride,
Oh, low down the chariot, let-n me ride.

Got a right to ride, oh, let-n me ride,
Got a right to ride, oh, let-n me ride,
Got a right to ride, oh, let'n me ride,
Oh, low down the chariot, let me ride.

3. Got a ticket to ride, etc.
4. I'm humble to ride, etc.
5. I'm beggin' to ride, etc.
6. I'm a soldier, etc.
7. My mother done rid, etc.
8. Train's comin', etc.
9. I'm a warrior, etc.
10. I'm prayin', etc.
11. Prayin' to ride, etc.

Vera Hall and Dock Reed, Livingston Al. John A. and Alan Lomax, 1941, Our Singing Country, p. 36, with music.
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 04:40 PM

Hi, Dicho:

Thanks so much for posting these. The Gospel Messengers are just starting to work this out, and I'll pick up a verse or two here, as I'm singing the lead..

Jerry


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOOD NEWS, DE CHARIOT'S COMIN'
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 05:13 PM

GOOD NEWS, DE CHARIOT'S COMIN'
^^
Good news, de chariot's comin',
Good news, de chariot's comin',
Good news, de chariot's comin',
I don' want her leave-a me behind.
Gwine to get up in de chariot, carry me home,
Get up in de chariot, carry me home,
Get up in de chariot, carry me home,
An' I don' want her leave-a me behind.

Dar's a long white robe in de hebben, I know,
A long white robe in de hebben, I know,
A long white robe in de hebben, I know,
An' I don' want her leave-a me behind.
Dar's a golden crown in de hebben, I know,
A golden crown in de hebben, I know,
A golden crown in de hebben, I know,
An' I don' want her leave-a me behind.
Cho. Good news, etc.
Dar's a golden harp in de hebben, I know,
A golden harp in de hebben, I know,
A golden harp in de hebben, I know,
An' I don' want her leave-a me behind.
Dar's silver slippers in de hebben, I know,
Silver slippers in de hebben, I know,
Silver slippers in de hebben, I know,
An' I don' want her leave-a me behind.
Cho.

Fenner, T. P., 1874, Cabin and Plantation Songs, p. 224, with music, in Armstrong et al., Hampton and Its Students. Also in Dett, 1927, p. 90-91.
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 08:56 PM

LOW DOWN CHARIOT AND LET ME RIDE also has been published in "Honey and the Rock, the Ruby Pickins Tartt Collection of Religious Folk Songs from Sumter County, Alabama," ed. Olivia and Jack Solomon, p. 100-101. Dock Reed recorded the text for the Lomax Library of Congress Recordings, and Vera Hall and Dock Reed sang it for the Courlander recordings in 1950. Folkways discs FA 2038 and FE4473.
Added verses here: Father, sister, and brother done rid...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 09:00 PM

Oops! Lost my cookies. Dicho


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWING LOW, CHARIOT
From: Dicho
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 12:10 PM

LYR ADD: SWING LOW, CHARIOT
^^
Swing low, chariot, low in de Eas',
Let God's people have some peace,
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin',
Swing low-
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin',
Elijah,
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin'.

Swing low, chariot, low in de Wes',
Let God's people have some rest,
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin',
Swing low- etc.

Swing low chariot, low in de North,
Let God's people have a talk,
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin',
Swing low- etc.

Swing low chariot, low in the South,
Let God's people have a shout,
Gwine to ride in de chariot in de mornin',
Swing low- etc.

First two lines of each verse and Swing low-; Elijah-; were sung solo by the Hampton Singers. Spiritual sung "Moderato con enthusiasma."
N. P. Dett, 1927, Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, p. 100, with music.
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Subject: Lyr Add: GWINE TO RIDE UP IN THE CHARIOT
From: Dicho
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 04:20 PM

Lyr Add: GWINE TO RIDE UP IN THE CHARIOT
^^
Gwine to ride up in the chariot,
Sooner in the morning.
Ride up in the chariot,
Sooner in the morning.
Ride up in the chariot,
Sooner in the morning,
And I hope I'll join the band.
Cho.
O Lord, have mercy on me, (3 times)
And I hope I'll join the band.

Gwine to meet my brother there,
Sooner, etc.
Cho.
Gwine to chatter with the angels,
Sooner etc.
Cho.
Gwine to meet my massa Jesus,
Sooner etc.
Cho.
Gwine to walk and talk with Jesus,
Sooner etc.

Seward, T. F. ed., nd, Negro Spirituals or the Songs of the Jubilee Singers, p. 14 with music. Subject line of each verse sung solo. Also in Johnson and Johnson, The Books of American Negro Spirituals, II, p. 121-123, "Gwineter Ride...." Listed in Cleveland Index as Going to Ride Up In The Chariot. Also see Now Let Me Fly (DT).
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: raredance
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 06:58 PM

Great collection Dicho

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Subject: Lyr Add: WE'LL ROLL THE CHARIOT ALONG
From: Dicho
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 08:00 PM

Lyr Add: WE'LL ROLL THE CHARIOT ALONG
^^
Chorus:
We'll roll, we'll roll the chariot along,
We'll roll, we'll roll the chariot along,
We'll roll, we'll roll the chariot along,
And we won't drag on behind.

If the sinner is in the way,
Why, we stop and take him on,
If the sinner is in the way,
Why, we stop and take him on,
If the sinner is in the way,
Why, we stop and take him on,
And we won't drag on behind.

If the drunkard's in the way, etc.

If the gambler's in the way, etc.

If the harlot's in the way, etc.

(Add. verses, ad lib.)

If the devil's in the way,
Why, we will run it over him,
If the devil's in the way,
Why, we will run it over him,
If the devil's in the way,
Why, we will run it over him,
And we won't drag on behind.

White, N. I., American Negro Folk Songs, 1928 (1965), p. 97, tune p. 408.
Verse about the devil always last. North Carolina. Heard in the 1890s, and, later, commonly sung by white people and also taken up as a pep song by students at Trinity College, NC.
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Dicho
Date: 21 Dec 01 - 08:10 PM

Reported from Auburn, Al:
I don't want to ride in no golden chariot,
I don't want to wear no golden crown,
I want to stay down here and be just like I am.

White, N. I., American Negro Folk Songs, 1928 (1965) p. 144.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 10 Feb 02 - 10:16 PM

All above entered in index.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Kaleea
Date: 11 Feb 02 - 12:07 AM

Come on & . . . Swing down sweet chariot stop & let me ride, Swing down sweet chariot stop & let me ride, Rock me Lord, Rock me Lord, Soft & easy, I've got a home on the other side.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 25 Feb 02 - 04:47 PM

The above now indexed in the African-American Spirituals Permathread. If more lyrics (with titles other than the above) are added in this thread, please help us index them by posting the song title and thread URL to the Permathread. Thanks.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,David Neale
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 03:30 AM

Digging up a thread from quite sme time ago, I was disappointed to find that the link to the "African-American Spirituals Permathread (http:/thread.cfm?threadid=38686) is broken.

I am particularly interested in two Chariot songs: "Swing Down Sweet Chriot" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."

Can anyone tell me the origins of these two gospels?

Were they originally the same song that has somehow come to lead two separate lives, or are they two separate songs that are simply often confused with each other?

The page

http://www.acadisc.com/sweetsweet.htm#swing

(and many other pages!)

seems to indicate that they were originally one and the same, but it is not completely clear on this, so perhaps you can clear the matter up.

I'm also trying to find the names of the composer(s) and when the songs were originally recorded and by whom. Any pointers would be appreciated.

Many thanks in advance!

David


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: masato sakurai
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 03:55 AM

From Elvis Presley Originals of Songs He Sang:
Swing Down Sweet Chariot recorded by Elvis on Monday, 31 October, 1960
Written by: Burleigh
Originally recorded by Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1910
Hear Elvis's version on: His Hand In Mine; Amazing Grace (CD 1)

There's a problem with the title of this song! The thing is, another song exists called "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" (it goes, "Swing low sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home...." and is often heard at rugby matches!). It seems that they were both originally part of the same song, but have somehow become separated in time! (The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet's release was titled "Swing Low Sweet Chariot.") Follow the interesting link and you'll see what I mean! A different version of this number was recorded for the film "The Trouble With Girls" and was not officially released until 1995 on the CD, "Double Features: Live a Little, Love a Little; Charro!; The Trouble With Girls; Change of Habit."
~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,David Neale
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 05:18 AM

That's my own site!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 09:21 AM

David,

Here's a working link to the permathread: CLICK

The link, like the one above, is a within-Mudcat link, and only works if you are already within Mudcat, but it does appear to be working fine. You will find links there to a number of other sources about spirituals, and you may or may not get much help on your specific question from one of them.

It's most likely that you will get more specific assistance by watching this thread, here. But as you must know, the spirituals were only partially documented back in slave times, and every plantation had its own set of often-sung songs, with new "floating" verses being used on the spur of the moment. There were no "right" versions... Nailing down the origin any one song is unlikely, but you may get some further information on published versions from folks here who share your interest. Give it some time, OK, just bookmark this thread and check back once in awhile.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 02:27 PM

You are asking a question to which there is no answer.
The chariot was a frequent image in the old 19th and early 20th century spirituals; some of the songs are related and some are not (of course, no authors are known). The Fisk Jubilee Singers were just one of the early groups that sang the song (their choral organization goes back to the 1870s; that of the Hampton Institute started almost as early and they are only the two best known of the early groups singing spirituals). Both groups sang "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" in the 1870s. The Fisk recording date of 1910 thus is not useful since the song was sung by their touring group and other groups long before that.

Many singers have recorded their own versions of these songs. The Cleveland Index does not list a "Swing Down..." in their list of spirituals; it may be fairly recent. It is listed as traditional at this website, but many of these sites have incorrect attributions: Swing Down
I have not heard the Elvis version. Are there any recorded comments by him about the song and the origin of his copyrighted version? He came from a Delta background, and he probably heard several different versions of Swing Low... during his early years. Where did he hear "Swing Down..."?

A number of gospel and art versions that are identified with a singer or a group, but identifying the primary source of their particular version is difficult if not impossible. Did they get it from their church? Versions sung by different congregations could vary widely. Did they synthesize it from other versions, either from books or other singers?

Seems incongruous to hear that these spiritual songs would be sung at rugby matches.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 02:40 PM

WYSIWYG, you may be interested in the Dr. Dre
urban version called "Let Me Ride." He has the "swing down sweet chariot" line:
Let Me Ride


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 02:43 PM

Oooh, spirituals in rap, there's a progression through time that's pretty interesting! What power the old spirituals have, to come through time that way! Thanks, and if you find any more, a thread full of links to them might be in order, which thread would also be linked into the permathread.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,David Neale
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 02:59 PM

GUEST,Q, the date of 1910 is useful to me because I am trying to locate the original recordings of these two songs -- the first recordings made. The authorship might indeed be lost, but there was certainly a first recording of each song.

Elvis's knwoledge of spirituals was huge, of course, and he once auditioned for a gospel group in Memphis. He was a great fan of the Blackwoods , too, but he apparently learned "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" from the Golden Gate Quartet in Paris, where he saw them perform and sang together with them after the show in private ("A Life In Music," Jorgensen). They had recorded the number some twenty years earlier.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 03:49 PM

Swing Down... combines elements of Swing Low Sweet Chariot and the Ezekial and the Wheel songs in a gospel arrangement. Apparently the origin is unknown.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: masato sakurai
Date: 28 Jun 03 - 09:49 AM

H.T. Burleigh arranged "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," which was published by G. Ricordi in 1917; it was definitely not "Swing Down Sweet Chariot". The sheet music (Click here) is at Historic American Sheet Music. Fisk University Jubilee Singers didn't record "Swing Down Sweet Chariot"; their version was "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (sound clip is HERE). According to Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943, 4th ed. (Oxford UP), the recordings of "Swing Down Chariot (Let Me Ride)" were made by the Mississippi Gospel Singers (1941) and the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (1946).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Fay
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 10:10 AM

As requested I'm following on from this thread with me request for information about how 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' got to be known by so many people in England recently.

I'm interested in its journey from being a negro spiritual, to being sung in community singing groups, published in News Chronicle Song books and then into the rugby scene.

If anyone knows any particulars, if it was tied to a particular school etc, or interesting stories as to where they first heard it, that would be great


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 10:10 PM

I'm sending Mmario a MIDI to post in the Mudcat MIDI page-- found elsewhere with no details, but listed as a spiritual under the title RIDE THE CHARIOT. No lyric, either. Does it go with any of the above lyrics, or does anyone have a lyric?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Q
Date: 23 Jan 04 - 11:10 PM

No information, but could the melody be similar to "Gwine to Ride Up in the Chariot, Sooner in the Morning" in Songs of the Jubilee Singers, and a similar title in Johnson and Johnson? (Thread 41800- Ride up in the Chariot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Lorne
Date: 08 Sep 04 - 09:21 PM

I slipped into a junk store on a whim today while in Detroit and, digging through albums of old 78's, found a copy of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' by the 'Fisk University Jubilee Quartet'. It's on Victor, index number 16453, and it credits J. W. Work, N. W. Ryder, J. A. Myers, and Alfred G. King. The B-side is 'Golden Slippers'. Thanks for the date. Hope this is useful information.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 04 - 12:18 AM

This is in response to the question about the song clip for "Ride The Chariot." I think that is the song my church in Atlantic City, New Jersey called "Swing That Chariot" and Kaleea further up in this thread {Feb 11, 2001} called "Swing Down Chariot." Here are the words as I remember them and still sing them:

Swing that chariot, Lord
and let me ride.
Swing that chariot Lord
and let me ride,
Oh-o
rock me Lord,
rock me Lord
calm and easy.
I've got a home {I've got a home}
I've got a home {I've got a home}
I've got a home on the other side.
--

Now that I think about it "Swing down chariot" makes more sense. Maybe I was the only one singing "Swing that chariot", but I don't think so.

I can't remember any other verses that were sung with this song. I think we merged into other songs such as "All My Trials, Lord, Soon Be Over" and "Ride on King Jesus".

The song clip is a "sweet" version of that song. You can tell it's "Swing That Chariot" but it missing its soul...But then again, I remember this Southern choir coming to my wanna be middle class/elite Black Babtist church and the choir told the congregation that we were too reserved when we sang, too dead, without fire and energy, and-dare I say-without soul.

As a child in New Jersey I learned "Ride the chariot in the morning Lord {I'm gettin ready for my judgment day, my Lord, my Lord.} I learned the "Ride the chariot sooner in the mornin" song as an adult in Pittsburgh.

Probably people movin from the South to different regions of the North brought along different songs. And people from the North traveling to the South picked up different songs along the way...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 04 - 10:14 AM

Minor correction:
The "Oh-o" that I gave before "Rock me.."should be changed to "Ohhhh".

Sorry for any confusion that existed or may still exist about what I wrote.


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Subject: ADD: RIDE UP IN THE CHARIOT
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 12:25 PM

A great concert-style, art song rendition of Ride Up In the Chariot ABOVE (open in new window to see text) by Jennifer Bynum can be heard HERE.

Other verses can easily be improvised on this pattern.

IMO "sooner" in the text above is a transcription choice made when a singer sang "soon-a" or "soon-er" in order to fill in/move around in the tune. As a singer myself, "soon-a" is easier to sing with this tune than "soo-oon"-- and "soon-er" is actually easier to sing than "soon-a."

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 06:01 AM

Also I have a version sung by the Golden Gate Quartet - undated, but they sang from approx 1930 to 1960s, so this version may have been earlier than Elvis's. I have no way to tell though!

Dan.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: GUEST,Eric Anderson
Date: 16 May 07 - 01:32 PM

Oh Low Down Chariot
(Let Me Ride)
Oh Low Down Cahriot
(Let Me Ride)
Low Dow Chariot
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down The Chariot and Let Me Ride

Oh Lord, I'm Your Child
(Let Me Ride)
Oh Lord, I'm Your Child
(Let Me Ride)
Lord I'm Your Child
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down The Chariot and Let Me Ride

Said I've Got My Ticket
(Let Me Ride)
Said I've Got My Ticket
(Let Me Ride)
I've Got My Ticket
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down The Chariot and Let Me Ride

Lord My Soul is Tired
(Let Me Ride)
Lord My Soul is Tired
(Let Me Ride)
Lord My Soul is Tired
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down The Chariot and Let Me Ride

Will You Let Me Ride Jesus
(Let Me Ride)
Will You Let Me Ride Jesus
(Let Me Ride)
Will You Let Me Ride Jesus
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down The Chariot and Let Me Ride

I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
Let me ride
(I wanna ride)
I got my ticket
(I wanna ride)
In my hand
(I wanna ride)
Low it down
(I wanna ride)
So I can ride
(I wanna ride)
Packing up
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
See of these mornings
(I wanna ride)
And It want be long
(I wanna ride)
You gonna look for me
(I wanna ride)
And I'll be gone
(I wanna ride)
I'm going up to heaven
(I wanna ride)
Gonna sing and shout
(I wanna ride)
No one up there
(I wanna ride)
Can put me out
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
I wanna ride
(I wanna ride)
Let me ride
(I wanna ride)

Oh, Low Down Chariot
(Let Me Ride)
Oh, Low Down Chariot
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down Chariot
(Let Me Ride)
Low Down the Chariot and Let Me Ride.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'CHARIOT' SPIRITUALS
From: Q
Date: 16 May 07 - 02:04 PM

Guest Eric Anderson-
Please give the source of this version. It is similar to the Vera Hall-Dock Reed song posted by Dicho above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 07 - 06:24 PM

Yes it is very similar, but some of it is just what I added to it. Feel free to email me at anderic1@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: Q
Date: 16 May 07 - 07:05 PM

So it should be credited to trad. revised Eric Anderson.
Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: W y s i w y G !
Date: 04 Jul 07 - 12:35 PM

See this section yet?

African-American Spirituals Permathread and Index

~Susan


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Subject: what kind of slippers do the angels wear
From: GUEST,J.Collier
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 09:01 PM

My Sunday School teacher who is around 80 years was telling us about a spiritual that he had heard the Black Folk sing and it was something about "
what kind of slippers do the angels wear"
Is there anyone out there who can help me find the words and possibly music to this, I would love to give it to him.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Nov 09 - 09:17 PM

Possibly What Kind of Shoes You Gwine to Wear?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: GUEST,pcnbwld
Date: 02 Jan 11 - 02:53 PM

My mother asked me to search for all of the words to a song and my first try brought me here. The lyrics she remembered are:

What kind of slippers do the angels wear
Slippin' and slidin' through the air?
Golden slippers and silver socks
Drop your nickle in the Missionary box.

She is hoping I can learn all of the lyrics. At least I added a little more to the request from J. Collier over a year ago. Good luck to us both.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Chariot' Spirituals
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Jan 11 - 09:03 PM

That verse appears in UNCLE EPH'S GOT THE COON. It might be a "floater" verse. It doesn't seem to have any connection to the rest of the song.


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