Assembly of Dust

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Swing Low Sweet Chariot


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Lyrics:


This song has been played live 5 time/s.

History of the song:

This song has only been performed by AOD as a segue

Original date: 1862 (approx)

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was composed by Wallis Willis, a one-time slave of the Choctaw Indians in the old Indian Territory, around 1862.
He was inspired by the Red River which reminded him of the Jordan River and of the Prophet Elijah being taken to heaven by a chariot. Some latter day sources imply that this song and Steal Away Jesus—also composed by Willis—had some hidden lyrics referring to the Underground Railroad.
Later Alexander Reid, a minister at a Choctaw boarding school heard Willis singing the songs and transcribed the words and melodies. He sent the music to the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Jubilee Singers then popularized the songs during a tour of the United States and Europe.


This is a cover song and has been played on these occasions:

Written by Wallis Willis


No guest artists have performed this song

This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Mud'.

This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Dirt'.

This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Wood'.

This song was a segue on these occasions:

September 9, 2003
Heartblood->Swing Low->Heartblood
Tribeca NY NY (TWW-3)

October 4, 2003
Lines & Circles->Swing Low->Lines & Circles
State Theater Portland ME

February 4, 2005
Honey Creeper->Swing Low->Honey Creeper
Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneck NJ

January 6, 2006
Honey Creeper->Swing Low->Honey Creeper
Grand Summit Barlett NH

February 17, 2007
Speculator->Swing Low->Speculator
Doug Fir Portland Ore