"Oh, Dem Golden Slippers"
is a popular song commonly sung by blackface
performers in the 19th century. The song, penned by African-American James A. Bland
in 1879, is considered an American standard today. It is particularly well-known as a bluegrass instrumental
A minstrel show
song set in the style of a spiritual
, the song is apparently a parody of the spiritual "Golden Slippers
", popularized after the American Civil War
by the Fisk Jubilee Singers
The song's first stanza tells of the protagonist setting aside such fine clothes as golden slippers, a long-tailed coat and a white robe for a chariot ride in the morning (presumably to Heaven
This leads to the refrain: Oh, dem golden slippers! / Oh, dem golden slippers! / Golden slippers I'm gwine to wear, because dey look so neat; / Oh, dem golden slippers! / Oh, dem golden slippers! / Golden slippers Ise gwine to wear, / To walk de golden street.
The second stanza describes the protagonist meeting up with other family members after his chariot ride. In the third, the protagonist tells children to prepare themselves for their own chariot ride.