I Don't Want to Stay Here Any Longer
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Swing low, sweet chariot, Pray let me enter in, I don't want to stay here any longer." Verses: ""I had a little book and I read it through, I got my Jesus as well as you...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious floatingverses Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, pp. 38-39, "I Don't Want to Stay Here No Longer (The Danville Chariot)" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 183 in the 1874 edition)
cf. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (lyrics)
cf. "All My Trials" (lyrics, theme)
NOTES [59 words]: Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses include floaters: "I've been to heaven and I've been tried, I've been to the river and I've been baptized" and "Some go to church to holler and shout, Before six months they're all turned out." Each verse couplet is followed by "I Don't Want to Stay Here Any Longer." - BS
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