Words & Music by: Wallis Willis (Before 1862)

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was first written by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedmanin the old Indian Territory, sometime before 1862

It is rumoured to hold hidden lyrics that refer to the Underground Railroad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_Low,_Sweet_Chariot

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/w/swinglow.htm

 
Page from The Jubilee Singers, 1873.

LYRICS:  Swing Low Sweet Chariot 

Chorus:
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home;
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Comin' for to carry me home.

1. I looked over Jordan,
And What did I see,
Comin' for to carry me home,
A band of angels comin' after me,
Comin' for to carry me home.

2. 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.

3. The brightest day that ever I saw

Comin' for to carry me home

When Jesus washed my sins away

Comin' for to carry me home

4. I'm sometime up and sometimes down

Comin' for to carry me home

But still my soul feels heavenly bound

Comin' for to carry me home