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Chariot — Gospel Cantata (11:30)

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The idea that a chariot of fire would sweep down out of the heavens and carry off a man in a mystical spiritual process called “ascension” has fascinated me since childhood. When I first heard the story in the Bible of the master Elijah and his devoted disciple, Elisha, probably in Sunday School, I tucked the tale away in the back of my mind for further imaginary consideration.

Around 8 years ago I began to set that story to music.

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CHARIOT

ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
BY
PETER LINK

We open on a man in light, a slave, leaning on his shovel, in the heat of
the day standing under the sun. He dreams of his freedom. Light flashes
across the sky as the chariot roars across the heavens. The music builds
and then drops out to drumming under the following call and response.

Male Solo
ARE YOU READY MY BROTHER?
Three other men
OH YES
Male Solo
ARE YOU READY FOR THE JOURNEY?
Three other men (…and so on…)
OH YES
DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR SAVIOR?
OH YES
All four men
I’M WAITIN’ FOR THE CHARIOT
CAUSE I’M READY TO GO
Female Solo
ARE YOU READY MY SISTER?
Three other women (…and so on…)
OH YES
ARE YOU READY FOR THE JOURNEY?
OH YES
DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR SAVIOR?
OH YES
Men and women
I’M WAITIN’ FOR THE CHARIOT
CAUSE I’M READY TO GO
One Woman
SWING LOW
SWEET CHARIOT
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
SWING LOW
SWEET CHARIOT
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
All
WHY DON’T YOU SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE
SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE

ROCK ME LORD OH’ ROCK ME LORD
ROCK ME LORD OH’ ROCK ME LORD
ROCK ME LORD OH’ ROCK ME LORD
CALM AN’ EASY
I GOT A HOME ON THE OTHER SIDE

Male Solo
I’M SOMETIMES UP AN’ SOMETIMES DOWN
Group
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
Male Solo
BUT STILL MY SOUL FEELS HEAVENLY BOUND
Group
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME

Male Solo
I DON’T KNOW BUT I BEEN TOLD
THE STREETS OF HEAVEN
ARE PAVED WITH GOLD
Duet
I GOT A MOTHER IN THE PROMISED LAND
I WON’T STOP TILL I TAKE HER HAND
Group
AN’ I GOT A BROTHER ON THE OTHER SIDE
SO I AIN’T GONNA STOP ‘TIL I TAKE THAT RIDE
Group
SWING LOW
SWEET CHARIOT
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
SWING LOW
SWEET CHARIOT
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME

MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
WAITIN’ FOR THE CHARIOT
TO CARRY ME HOME

Male Solo
AND ELIJAH SAID WATCH ME NOW
I’M GOIN’ TO SEE MY MAKER

Group
WHO COVEREST THYSELF WITH LIGHT
WHO STRETCHEST OUT THE HEAVENS
LIKE A CURTAIN
WHO MAKETH THE CLOUDS HIS CHARIOT
WHO WALKETH UPON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

WHO LAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH
WHO WATERETH THE HILLS FROM HIS CHAMBERS
WHO MAKETH THE CLOUDS HIS CHARIOT
WHO WALKETH UPON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

BEHOLD HE SHALL COME UP AS CLOUDS
AND HIS CHARIOTS SHALL BE AS A WHIRLWIND
HIS HORSES ARE SWIFTER THAN EAGLES [JER 4: 13]
AS HE COMETH DOWN TO CARRY ME AWAY

WHO SENDEST FORTH HIS SPIRIT
WHO MAKETH MY FACE TO SHINE
WHO MAKETH THE CLOUDS HIS CHARIOT
WHO WALKETH UPON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
WAITIN’ FOR THE CHARIOT
TO CARRY ME HOME

Woman
AND ELISHA THE DISCIPLE
SAID UNTO HIS MASTER
I SHALL ASK A HARD THING
Group
A HARD THING
Woman
NEVERTHELESS I PRAY THEE
LET TWICE THE POWER OF THY SPIRIT
BE MANIFESTED IN ME
Man
AND ELIJAH THE MASTER
SAID TO HIS DISCIPLE
THOU HAST ASKED A HARD THING
Group
A HARD THING
Man
NEVERTHELESS IF THOU SEE ME
WHEN I AM TAKEN FROM THEE
IT SHALL BE UNTO THEE

Men
YES THOU HAST ASKED A HARD THING
A HARD THING
Solo Woman
NEVERTHELESS IF THOU SEE ME
WHEN I AM TAKEN FROM THEE
IT SHALL BE UNTO THEE

Man
BUT IF THOU SEE ME NOT
IT SHALL NOT BE SO
Group
AND IT CAME TO PASS
AS THEY WALKED ON
AND TALKED ON
THAT BEHOLD

MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA

YES BEHOLD…

“YES BEHOLD”.
Woman
THERE APPEARED A CHARIOT OF FIRE
AND HORSES OF FIRE
HOLY HORSES OF FIRE
YES DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS
CAME A CHARIOT OF FIRE
AND PARTED THEM BOTH ASUNDER
Group
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
MASTER ELIJAH
DISCIPLE ELISHA
AND ELIJAH WENT UP
IN A CHARIOT OF FIRE
BY A WHIRLWIND INTO HEAVEN
IN A CHARIOT OF FIRE

YES ELIJAH WENT UP
IN A CHARIOT OF FIRE
BY A WHIRLWIND INTO HEAVEN
Men
AND ELISHA SAW THE WHIRLWIND
Women
AND THE CHARIOT OF FIRE
Men
YES ELISHA SAW THE WHIRLWIND
Women
AND THE CHARIOT OF FIRE
Group
AND HE CRIED
YES HE CRIED
Man
I LOOKED OVER JORDAN AND WHAT DID I SEE
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
A BAND OF ANGELS COMIN’ AFTER ME
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME

Group
WHY DON’T YOU SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE
SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE
ROCK ME LORD OH’ ROCK ME LORD
CALM AN’ EASY
I GOT A HOME ON THE OTHER SIDE

Man
IF YOU GET THERE BEFORE I DO
Group
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME
Man
TELL ALL MY FRIENDS THAT I’M COMIN’ TOO
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME
Group
COMIN’ FOR TO CARRY ME HOME

I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GETTIN’ READY FOR THE JUDGMENT DAY
MY LORD, MY LORD

I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GETTIN’ READY FOR THE JUDGMENT DAY
MY LORD, MY LORD

I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GONNA
RIDE THE CHARIOT IN THE MORNIN’ LORD
I’M GETTIN’ READY FOR THE JUDGMENT DAY
MY LORD, MY LORD

WHY DON’T YOU SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE
SWING DOWN CHARIOT
STOP
AND LET ME RIDE!!!