i was having visions of sugar pastry
cooked up in clarified butter
i tried to turn my visions into prayers
but i built my castle way high up in the air
yeah i came to the gates of the fabled pink city
hungry, and tired, and cold
swing low sweet chariot
chrome tail pipe shining bright as spun gold

my brothers picked me up out of the rushes
handed me into the company of evil men
but I've inched my way down the eastern seaboard
i am coming to Atlanta again
yeah i came to the gates of the fabled pink city
hungry, and tired, and mad as all hell
swing low sweet jewel-encrusted chariot
make me young again
make me well

i am the killer dressed in pilgrim's clothing.
i'm the hard to find stations on the AM band.
i am the white sky high over tripoli
i am the land mine hidden in the sand.

yeah i came to the gates of the fabled pink city
hungry, and tired, and alone
swing low sweet sweet sweet chariot
coming forth to carry me home


Lyrics submitted by shewouldnt, edited by herodotus11

Jaipur song meanings
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    General CommentJaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh. The pink color was used at the time of making to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities - and repainted in 1876, during the visit of the Prince of Wales. The city is best explored on foot and the adventurous visitor willing to go into the inner lanes can discover a whole new world not visible to the tourist-in-a-hurry.
    kozmikon September 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this might be related to slavery.
    geckoisredon November 08, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"my brothers picked me up out of the rushes
    handed me into the company of evil men"

    yeah definately an allusion to Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers
    RedLeafon March 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I'm glad I can be the first person to post here.
    kozmikon September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn Indian cooking, clarified butter is called "ghee." Most sweets are cooked in ghee, so I don't know specifically what kind of sugar pastry the song is referring to, but I'm sure it's delicious.
    MyNameIsPriyaon July 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what song is playing in the first few seconds of this track?
    elmson September 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song playing at the start is Haunted House Blues by Bessie Smith
    zampfon July 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother thing to mention here is the refrain "Swing low, sweet chariot/ Coming fer to carry me home" is from the Negro spiritual 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by Wallis Willis.
    Eccentricityon October 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCompare and contrast this song with the later "All Up the Seething Coast" from _We Shall All Be Healed_. I don't think the sugared pastries are sugared pastries.
    obsequiousleafon April 10, 2015   Link

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