Saturday, October 20, 2007

England V South Africa


The Nation has turned to Rugby this weekend, with everyone hoping for an England win, even if it is against the bookies odds. Pubs, shops, and houses like this one in North Oxford are all flying the cross of St. George.

What I am not sure about is the tune or anthem that the English Rugby supporters sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is a United States African-American Negro spiritual song, which is sung primarily in black churches and throughout the nation in tradition African-American venues. How come it is sung at English Rugby matches? Could England not have an English song to sing about?

2 comments:

Emily said...

I was at the train station in Bath yesterday and wondered the same thing when a group of fairly intoxicated rugby fans started belting out this anthem, complete with a rather raucus drum beat.

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