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What is the meaning of 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'?


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March 26, 2011 1:33AM

This is an expression, used by slaves who do not wish to live anymore, yet do not wish to commit suicide. They are hoping God will send a chariot from heaven, and use that chariot to take them home. It refers to the chariot that took Elijah home in the Old Testament of the Bible.

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Sweet Chariot was a coded message about the Underground Railroad. Slaves used biblical references to provide information to the slaves who wanted to escape such as the mode of transportation available and how to get to different places and other important details. Their masters thought that they were singing about God so the slaves were able to relay the information right under their noses. I found this out from one of my college professors who was the grandson of a woman born a slave but was freed when she was 7.