This song can be interpreted as a religious or protest song.
1. If you view the song as carrying a religious message, explain what the chariot
represents. What is meant by the word "home"? What is the overall subject of the
The chariot is used to symbolize the slaves who had lost hope in life had wished not to
continue living any longer, but ironically they never took their own lives. Notably, they
sincerely believed in God and hoped that eventually, he would take descent chariot from
heaven which they will use to go to heaven and meet God himself. The latter alluded to
the chariot that Elijah and Enoch used to ascend into heaven as depicted in the Old
Testament in the Bible. In this case, chariot could as represent death while good eternal
life could is represented by heaven which is a place that everyone has freedom.
2. If you interpret this song as a protest song, depicting a slave’s desire for freedom,
explains what the chariot represents. What is meant by the word "home"? What
does Jordan, the river that formed the boundary to the Promised Land in ancient
times, represents in this case? What does the "band of angels" represent?
In case, this was indeed a protest song talking of oppressed slaves yearning to be free;
then I think the chariot would symbolize liberation. However, heaven wou...