Swing low, sweet chariot (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-21)  CPDL #48504:   
Editor: Christopher Hampson (submitted 2018-01-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 662 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Arranger: Christopher Hampson
Edition notes: First performed by the choir of St Mark's Episcopal Chapel, Storrs, CT to commemorate Black History Month. Scored for SATB + soloist(s).
  • (Posted 2015-11-13)  CPDL #37508:         
Editor: Victor Wilburn (submitted 2015-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 165 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes:Arrangement of Wallis Willis' classic spiritual for soprano, baritone, and bass, with electric piano accompaniment. Recorded version at external link has a slight ad-lib in one of the soprano voices during the electric piano break.
Arranger: Victor Wilburn
  • (Posted 2015-03-26)  CPDL #34901:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-03-26).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Arranger: Willem Verkaik
  • (Posted 2010-06-25)  CPDL #21702:  Network.png
Editor: Alec Jackson (submitted 2010-05-29).   Score information: A4, 7 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Published 1998. SSAA or TTBB. Tiff file: can be sent straight to printer
  • (Posted 2010-02-19)  CPDL #21045:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-02-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Arranger: André Vierendeels
  • (Posted 2006-05-03)  CPDL #11620:  Network.png
Editor: Hubertus Krämer (submitted 2006-05-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB
Arranger: Hubertus Krämer
  • (Posted 2004-06-30)  CPDL #07391:  Network.png
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2004-06-30).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 183 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB. Midi files available for each part. All files are available on http://www.evatoller.se/main_mixed_titles_S-OE.html
Arranger: Eva Toller

Solo version

  • (Posted 2008-07-11)  CPDL #17504:  Network.png
Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-11).  Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes:
Arranger: Harry T. Burleigh

General Information

Title: Swing low, sweet chariot
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Number of voices: 4 or 1vv   Voicings: SSAA, SATB and TTBB or Solo Baritone
Genre: SacredSpiritual

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

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

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
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

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

The brightest day that I can say
Coming for to carry me home
When Jesus washed my sins away
Coming for to carry me home

French.png French translation

Roule, doux chariot
Tu m'amènes chez moi!

D'un coup d'oeil au-delà du Jourdain j'ai vu
Une troupe d'anges qui me suivaient.

Si tu arrives avant moi
Dis aux amis que j'arrive aussi.

Un jour ça va, après ca ne va plus,
Mon âme est toujours en route vers le ciel.

C'était le plus beau jour de ma vie
Quand Jésus a emporté mes péchés.