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Big Bill Broonzy Gospel and Slave Classic “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

This beautiful gospel and delta blues classic was originally composed, it is believed, by a slave named Wallace Wallis in the 19th century. Big Bill Broonzy’s version of  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot goes deep into the mud and is a fine example of how Soul, blues, and Gospel perfectly complement each other.   

In an article from the NY Times in 2017: ” Josephine Wright, a professor of music and black studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio, said the lyrics of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” allude to feelings of despair and a desire for release from suffering. In the 1800s, the song was a surreptitious alert on the Underground Railroad, as well as a funeral song, she said.”  

 

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