Happy Sunday, Everyone. We hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
Today’s song of praise is STEAL AWAY with Nat King Cole and Ms. Mahalia Jackson.
From the Wiki: “Steal Away” (“Steal Away To Jesus”) is an American Negro spiritual. The song is well known by variations of the chorus:
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus! Steal away, steal away home, I hain’t got long to stay here.
Many   say that songs such as “Steal Away to Jesus”, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Wade in the Water” and the “Gospel Train” are secret codes, not only about having faith in God, but containing hidden messages for slaves to run away on their own, or with the Underground Railroad.
“Steal Away” was composed by Wallace Willis, Choctaw freedman in the old Indian Territory, sometime before 1862.
Alexander Reid, a minister at a Choctaw boarding school, heard Willis singing the songs and transcribed the words and melodies. He sent the music to the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jubilee Singers then popularized the songs during a tour of the United States and Europe.
“Steal Away” is a standard Gospel song, and is found in the hymnals of many Protestant denominations. It has been recorded many times by many artists.
Some history on slavey & Negro spirituals: