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    "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is a Negro spiritual, written by Wallis Willis at an unknown date before 1862. The song is written about the Red River, a tributary of the Mississippi, reminiscent of the Jordan River, which flows into the Dead Sea. The song is based on the Prophet Elijah's transportation to heaven on a chariot and contains themes of Christian redemption and Jesus' forgiveness of sin. The song remained popular throughout the 20th century, has been covered and referenced numerous times and was sung during the Civil Rights Movement.