Swing low, sweet chariot.

Comin’ for to carry me home!

Swing low, sweet chariot,

Comin’ for to carry me home!

I looked over Jordan an’ what did I see,

Comin’ for to carry me home?

A band of angels comin’ after me,

Comin’ for to carry me home.


If you get there before I do,

Comin’ for to carry me home,

Tell all my friends I’m comin’ too,

Comin’ for to carry me home.

Sometime I’m up, sometimes I’m down,

Comin’ for to carry me home.

But still my soul feels heavenly bound.

Comin’ for to carry me home.

Swing Low recording: “Unless a copyright is indicated, information on State Department websites is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the U.S. State Department as source of the information is appreciated.”

Introduction to american slavery from teny1980

Solo voice - unknown singer - small backing band

You can sing along with the original that is performed in the key of F major.

The second video has been transposed down a tone to the key of Eb major

and the tempo is slower. Which version is better for your voice?

USA spiritual of the 19th century, now very well known in many countries.

It has been said that through this song “the slave spoke to the world.”

Sing Out Loud Traditional Songs

For English Language Teachers Around the World

American English, United States Department of State.

Lyrics, MP3 and PDF download files for many songs available.

Read about the Underground Railroad in Slideshare

An Introduction to American Slavery by teny1980

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