Sweet Chariot

man driving

To my dad, the traveling salesman

Swing low, sweet chariot
Roll down the windows for the wind

Swing low, sweet chariot
Done my sales and drivin’ on in

I look over Jordon and what do I see?
Crossing or’ the Cumberland bridge
A sweet pretty angel, my lovely GeeGee
Calling me to our sweet home

Swing low, sweet chariot
Welcomed by the kitchen light

Swing low, sweet chariot
I’ll be with my sweet love tonight


Based on the song, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – one of my Dad’s favorite songs. He told me he wanted this played at his memorial service. My mom (affectionately called GeeGee) thought it out of place but I talked to the organist and she played it very softly as people left the chapel. I just had to do it and Mom never noticed. 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay


5 thoughts on “Sweet Chariot

  1. I love this personal wording! My dad used to wander about the house/yard singing this song – OFTEN! He died when I was in high school, and was not well from before my memories began. He called Mother Sugar Pie and Sweetie. He too, for years before the health issues, was a salesman on-the-road. I think he and your dad might be singing this “up there” – to GeeGee and Sweetie. The line that really draws me in is “welcomed by the kitchen light”. Life at our house centered in the kitchen.

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    1. Oh, Jazz. What a lovely response. That is so cool that your dad had the joy within him to sing even with health issues. My dad liked to sing in the car, not to the radio but just sing. He used to take me on his road trips sometimes in the summer when I was out of school. We two would have such a great time singing out of tune. 🙂 So glad this brought up good memories of your parents and your kitchen lights.

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