There is no doubt that Swing Low has become, in its rugby iteration, disconnected with the history. But that may not necessarily make it inappropriate or distasteful.
The England Rugby Supporters Club have produced a special songbook of their main tunes, which they urge England fans to sing, with Swing Low Sweet Chariot being first on the list. This is the nature of popular culture whereby people pick up songs and appropriate them for their own uses. No one is quite sure where it began or who started singing it at England games. Another theory went that a group of boys from Douai School in Berkshire started singing the song at the same match, when England were playing Ireland in the Five Nations Championship, allegedly serenading Chris Oti , a black player, making the theory more controversial.
Drawing a parallel with the Redskins name or with The Atlanta Braves, who at one time had a mascot called Chief Noc-A-Homa who used to reside in a teepee in the bleachers, is, argues Prof Geary, a completely different issue. It is a racial epithet. The whole idea of naming your team after a group of people as if they are going to be your mascot I find totally offensive.
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There are several theories about the meaning of Swing Low Sweet Chariot including that it conveyed a coded message for slaves to escape. However, Horace Clarence Boyer, a prominent scholar in African-American music, believed the song is about death. Lord, just come and take me right now. Monday — Sunday, July 8th — 14th.
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Featured here is the first known recording of the song performed in December for Victor Studios by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet pictured above , a male foursome carrying on the legacy of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers of the s. The recording popularised the song hugely, helping it become one of the best known African American spirituals. Over the last century composers have arranged it for choral ensembles, concert soloists, jazz bands, concert bands, dance bands, and symphony orchestras, and it has been recorded countless times by popular musicians, from Paul Robeson to Johnny Cash, from Fats Waller to Eric Clapton.
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