Swing Down Sweet Chariot

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"Swing Down Sweet Chariot" is a traditional spiritual song, a humorous variation of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Popularised by the Golden Gate Quartet in the 1940s, it was recorded by Elvis Presley for his 1960 album His Hand in Mine then re-recorded for his 1969 film The Trouble with Girls. This latter version features an all-male back-up group on backing vocals. The same variation of the song for "The Trouble With Girls" was reissued in the 2010 boxed set "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters"; but this time, it features an all-female group singing background vocals.

The song's chorus is quoted in the funk song "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" by Parliament.[1] That portion of "Mothership Connection" is, in turn, sampled by Dr. Dre in his Grammy Award-winning rap song, "Let Me Ride".[2]


  1. ^ Vincent, Rickey (1996). Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 254. ISBN 1466884525. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  2. ^ Kajikawa, Loren (2015). Sounding Race in Rap Songs. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 109. ISBN 0520959663. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 

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