You’re probably familiar with images of the Old Ship of Zion and the Gospel Train, but in 1957 the Dixie Hummingbirds updated the mode of transportation for the journey to heaven. “Christian’s Automobile” features the incomparable Ira Tucker, who sang with the group for an astonishing 70 years. Like many of the gospel train songs, this one is both serious and playful as the metaphor gets stretched further and further. Tucker tells us
You gotta check on your tires
You got a rough road ahead
And when you are weary from your journey
God will put you to bed….
You’ve gotta check on your lights
And see your own faults
Stop while you can see them, children
Or your soul will be lost….
But my favorite image comes at the end, when Tucker sings:
And I’m not worried
About my parking space
I just want to see,
See my Savior face to face
Prayer is your driver’s license.