Mothership Connection (Star Child)
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|Single by Parliament|
|from the album Mothership Connection|
|Format||7" 45 rpm vinyl single|
|Length||6:11 (album version)|
|Writer(s)||George Clinton/Bootsy Collins/Bernie Worrell|
"Mothership Connection (Star Child)" is a funk song by Parliament. It was the third and last single released from the group's 1975 album Mothership Connection. The song introduces George Clinton's messianic alien alter ego Star Child for the first time (see P-Funk mythology).
The lyrics "Swing down, sweet chariot, stop and let me ride" quote the traditional spiritual "Swing Down, Chariot", first popularized in the 1940s by The Golden Gate Quartet and later recorded by Elvis Presley among others (and not the better-known spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot").
The song was titled simply "Star Child" on its single release, while the radio promo version was titled "Star Child (Mothership Connection)."
On the album Live: P-Funk Earth Tour the song is split into two tracks, "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" and "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot."
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