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Entry from December 26, 2006
Glory Road

"Glory Road” is the title of a 1996 film, based on the book of the same name by former Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP) basketball coach Don Haskins. The book describes how the underdog Texas Western team won the national basketball title in 1966, using an all-black lineup of players.

“Glory Road” was the title of a 1952 book about the Civil War, but the term itself does not date to the Civil War. “Glory Road” appears in usage in early 1900s Georgia. A Negro spiritual, “De Glory Road,” was written by Clement Wood in 1917. There is now a street on the UTEP campus called Glory Road.


Wikipedia: Glory Road
Glory Road is a 2006 film released on January 13, 2006. The film will be released straight to DVD in some countries. The film deals with the events of the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, in which Texas Western College coach Don Haskins led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.

Several scenes in this movie were filmed at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chalmette High School in Chalmette, Louisiana.

As of February 12, 2006, the film grossed a total of 40.7 million dollars in the domestic Box Office.

“Glory Road” is also the title of Haskins’ autobiography, a national bestseller released in 2005 by Hyperion Books. The book details Haskins’ early life as a player and coach and the focuses on the 1966 team and the aftermath of the championship, which is not in the movie version.

Glory Road is also a street on the UTEP (formerly Texas Western College) campus near the Sun Bowl which was renamed to commemorate the 1966 NCAA championship.

Lied and Art Song Texas Page
De Glory Road
Language: ENGLISH

O de Glory Road! O de Glory Road!
I’m gwine ter drap mah load upon de Glory Road!
I lay on mah bed untell one erclock,
An’ de Lawd come callin’ all his faithful flock.
An’ He call “Whoo-ee!” an’ He call “Whoo-ee!”
An’ I knowed dat de Sabior wuz ercallin’ me.
An’ He call “Who-ee!” an’ He call “Whoo-ee!”
An’ I cry “Massa Jesus, is you callin’ me?”
An’ He call “Who-ee!” an’ He call “Whoo-ee!”
An’ I riz up f’um mah pallet an’ I cry, “Hyahs me!”
De Lawd sez, “Brother, ain’ I call yer thrice
Ter ride erlong behin’ me up ter Paradise,
On de Glory Road! Glory Road! Glory Road!”
An’ I clime up ter de saddle an’ I jined de load!
De hawse he wuz longer dan a thousan’ mile;
His tail went lashin’, an’ his hoofs wuz wil’;
His mane wuz flamin’ an’ his eyes wuz moons,
An’ his mouth kep’s singin’ Hallaluya tunes!
De Lawd sez, “Brother, why’n cher look erroun’?”
An’ dar we wuz flyin’ over risin’ groun’.
Powerful hills, an’ mountains too,
An’ de earth an’ de people wuz drapt f’um view.
An’ I hyahd all roun’ me how de sperits sang,
An’ de Lawd sang louder dan de whole she-bang!
De Lawd sez, “Brother, why’n cher look ergin’?”
An’ dar wuz de Debbil, on de back av Sin,
A-bangin’ on de critter wid his whip an’ goad,
An’ boun’ he gwine ter kotch us on de Glory Road!
O Lawdy, it’s de Debbil, comin’ straight f’um Hell!
I kin tell him, by his roarin’, an’ de brimstone smell!
But de Lawd sez, “Brother, he ain’ kotch us yit!”
An’ He lashed an’ He hustled an He loosed de bit.
Den de Debbil crep’ closuh an’ I hyahd him yell,
“I’m gwine ter kotch a niggah, fur ter roas’ in Hell!”
An’ I cried, “Lawd, sabe me!” An’ de Lawd cry, “Sho!”
An’ hyah it wuz Hebben an’ we shet de do!
O Glory, Glory, how de angels sang!
O Glory, Glory, how de rafters rang!
An’ Moses, ‘n’ Aaron, an’ Methusalum,
Dey shout an’ dey holler an’ dey beat de drum.
King Solomon kissed me an’ his thousan’ wives,
Jes’ like dey’d knowned me, durin’ all dey lives!
An de Lawd sez, “Brother, take a gran’stan’ seat.
But I specks youse hongry; have a bite ter eat?”
An’ de ravens fed me, an’ Elijah prayed,
An’ de Sabed Ones gathered, while de organ played.
An’ dey cry, “O sinnah, come an’ lose yuh load.
On de Glory Road, on de Glory Road.”
Sez de Lawd, “No, sinnah, you mus’ trabble back
Ter he’p po’ niggahs up de Glory Track;
Ter he’p old mo’ners, an de scoffin’ coons,
By shoutin’ loud Hallelujah tunes.”
O come, ma breddren, won’t yuh drap yuh load,
An’ ride ter Hebben up de Glory Road,
Glory Road, Glory Road, Glory Road!

Amazon.com
Glory Road: the bloody route from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg
by Bruce Catton
New York: Doubleday
1952

Google Books
Glory Road
by Robert A. Heinlein
Tor/Forger
2004

29 March 1904, Atlanta Constitution, pg. 6:
Las’ week a preacher circled roun’ him ter inspect him, en in less’n two
secon’s he wuz high on de glory road!

19 November 1905, Atlanta Constitution, pg. A4:
The Glory Road.
Go your way to glory,
But keep the stars in view;
Anyway you get there
Is good enough for you!

25 February 1906, Atlanta Constitution, pg. A4:
On the Glory Road.
“De Lightnin’ blazed de way to glory for him,” said the colored preacher, in the funeral sermon, “but, judgin’ by de way d Thunder hollered, I’m ‘fraid it shook him all to pieces, en scared him so he lost de road, en felled de yuther way!”

23 August 1908, Atlanta Constitution, pg. A4:
You better slow up, people!
De glory road is rough,
An’ de skeery sinners thinkin’
Dat dey gits dar soon enough!

2 December 1908, Los Angeles Times, pg. II6:
Pilgrims on Glory Road

12 February 1917, The Independent (NY), pg. 260:
De Glory Road
by Clement Wood

O de Glory Road! O de Glory Road!
I’m gwine ter drap mah load upon de Glory Road.
(...)
O come, mah breddren, won’ yuh drap yuh load,
An’ ride ter Hebben up de Glory Road?

Posted by Barry Popik
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