Closing Time | The Charioteers

Ezekiel saw the Wheel is een gospel classic. Hierboven een uitvoering van The Charioteers, een close harmony band die zijn hoogtepunt beleefde in de jaren veertig. Het lied werd ook uitgevoerd door onder andere Johnny Cash en John Lee Hooker.

In deze versie van Louis Armstrong hoor je ook de connectie met een ander lied op basis van dezelfde bijbeltekst, het overbekende Dem Dry Bones.

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    N.C. District: No. 2 [320156]
    Worker: T. Pat Matthews
    No. Words: 1369
    Subject: REV. SQUIRE DOWD
    Story teller: Rev. Squire Dowd
    Editor: Daisy Bailey Waitt

    [TR: Date Stamp “JUN 1 1937”]
    [HW: language not negro, very senternous & interesting.]

    REVEREND SQUIRE DOWD
    202 Battle Street
    Raleigh, N.C.

    My name is Squire Dowd, and I was born April 3, 1855.

    I have a conservative view of slavery.

    We had a big time at cornshuckings. We had plenty of good things to eat, and plenty of whiskey and brandy to drink. These shuckings were held at night. We had a good time, and I never saw a fight at a cornshucking in life. If we could catch the master after the shucking was over, we put him in a chair, we darkies, and toted him around and hollered, carried him into the parlor, set him down, and combed his hair. We only called the old master “master”. We called his wife “missus.” When the white children grew up we called them Mars. John, Miss Mary, etc.

    I do not like the way they have messed up our songs with classical music. I like the songs, ‘Roll Jordan Roll’, ‘Old Ship of Zion’, ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’. Classical singers ruin them, though.