Coming 'Round the Mountain" is a derivation of an African-American "spiritual" song known as "When the Chariot Comes". There is an obvious element of suffering and hope in the song: “King Jesus, he'll be driver when she comes,When she comes . . .” In the 1800’s it became a call and response tune with new words, used by railroad gangs [credit: Wikipedia]. I’m not the first writer to react to the sexual connotation of “when she comes” but the connection between sex and violence, usually male violence, sent me down a different path. The song we are familiar with seems coded to me, as many folk songs are – riding six white horses? It sounds to me like a storm, and Lord knows we’re overdue for a storm. The more I wrote, the madder I got until even the syntax got swallowed by the storm.