Good news, the Chariot's Coming (II)
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Good news the chariot's coming (x3), I don't want it to leave me behind." Verses: "Going to get up in the chariot." "There's a long white robe (golden crown, golden harp, silver slippers) in heaven I know"
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, p. 101, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 179 in the 1874 edition)
ADDITIONAL: Richard M. Raichelson, Black Religious Folksong: A Study in Genericand Social Change (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1975), p.315, "Good News, de Chariot's Comin'" (1 text)
NOTES [89 words]: The description is based on the Raichelson text. Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute has "swing low sweet chariot" instead of "good news." Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses are "the good old chariot swings so low" and "the good old chariot will take us home." Both Raichelson and Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute repeat the verse line three times, followed by "I don't want it to leave me behind." - BS
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