A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke  Lyrics

January 21, 2009

Album: Shake
Genre: Soul
Writer: Sam Cooke
Released: December, 1963

This song has recovered too much importance thanks to Obama presidency. In fact, once he won the United States presidental election, he made reference to the song in Chicago when he said: “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, change has come to America. A Change is Gonna Come is the most representive song for the sixties’ Civil Rights Movement. It also was used by Otis Redding who included the single in his album Otis Blue in 1965. Sam Cook dead at the age of 33 when he was shot by the manager of a motel who explained that she killed him in self-defense when he threatened her. Last year, he was named the 4th Greatest Singer of All Time by the Rolling Stone Magazine.



A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running, ever since
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown
Somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh…..

There been times that I thought
I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will



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