The Southern Four – “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”


This sublime acapella performance of the American Negro Spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was recorded by a group called The Southern Four, in December of 1921. The song was composed around 1860 by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman in southern Oklahoma. Willis was inspired by The Red River, which reminded him of the Jordan River and the Prophet Elijah ascending to heaven in a chariot. The lyrics symbolically referred to the Underground Railroad, and the resistance movement against slavery in ... [Listen and Learn More]