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    of  "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME"  (Sam Cooke song)



It's been a long, a long time comin',

but I know a change gonna come.

Oh yes it will.

FULL LYRICS are below, part-way down the page

    of  "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME"  (Sam Cooke song)




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3... More YouTube videos of the Sam Cooke original plus various covers










After Sam Cooke's original rendition of "A Change is Gonna Come", the song was covered by many other notable artists over the years, including the 40 listed below:

·         Allison Moorer

·         Jeffrey Gaines

·         Matt Doyle

·         Luther Vandross

·         Cory Wells

·         Bob Dylan

·         Aretha Franklin from "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" (1967)

·         The 5th Dimension (in a 1970 medley with The Rascals' "People Got to Be Free")

·         Three Dog Night

·         The Band

·         Wayne Brady

·         Billy Bragg

·         Evelyn Champagne King

·         Solomon Burke

·         Terence Trent D'Arby

·         Gavin DeGraw

·         the Fugees

·         the Cold War Kids

·         Deitrick Haddon

·         Graham Parker

·         Patti Labelle

·         Solo

·         Prince Buster

·         Morten Harket

·         The Neville Brothers

·         Jacksoul

·         Ben Sollee

·         Billy Preston

·         Otis Redding

·         Baby Huey

·         Michael Thompson featuring Bobby Womack

·         Leela James

·         Tina Turner

·         The Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield solo)

·         The Gits

·         Brandy

·         The Supremes

·         The Manhattans

·         Tony Carey

·         Gerald Alston

·         Seal and Arcade Fire, who used the song in support of 
Barack Obama's nomination for President of the United States.



    of  'A CHANGE IS GONNA COME'  (Sam Cooke song)

Full LYRICS of "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME"  (Sam Cooke song):


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 comin',
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 comin',
but I know a change gonna come.
Oh yes it will.

I go to the movie
and I go down town.

Somebody keep telling me
don't hang around.

It's been a long, a long time comin',
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 knockin' me

back down on my knees.


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 comin',
but I know a change gonna come.
Oh yes it will.


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Wikipedia.org (2016)

"A Change Is Gonna Come" is a song written and originally performed by American recording artist Sam Cooke.

With its soaring gospel sound and powerful first-person language, "A Change Is Gonna Come" became one of popular music's best-known message songs, as well as Sam Cooke's signature recording.

Released in early 1964, near the peak of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the song "A Change Is Gonna Come" concerns African-Americans and contains the well-known refrain:

"It's been a long time comin',
but I know a change is gonna come.

Oh yes it will."

The song "A Change Is Gonna Come" was inspired by various personal events in Cooke's life, most prominently an event in which Cooke and his entourage were turned away from a whites-only motel in Louisiana. Cooke felt compelled to write a song that spoke of his struggle, and the struggles of those around him.

At first, "A Change Is Gonna Come" was only a modest hit for Cooke, in comparison with his previous singles. But then the song became popular as an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement, and the song has continued to gain in popularity and critical acclaim in the five decades since its release.

"A Change is Gonna Come" is widely considered Cooke's best composition, and it has also been voted among the best songs ever released, by various publications.

"A Change Is Gonna Come" was released for the first time as part of Sam Cooke's thirteenth studio album Ain't That Good News, which was released March 1, 1964, on RCA Victor Records. The album Ain't That Good News was the final album to be issued during Cooke's lifetime, before his death at the age of 33. The album was produced by Hugo & Luigi and was arranged and conducted by René Hall. The 45 RPM "single" release of "A Change Is Gonna Come" appeared as the B-side of "Shake".

"A Change is Gonna Come" has been covered by a large number of other notable artists over the years.

In 2007, "A Change Is Gonna Come" was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, with the National Recording Registry deeming the song "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."




Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Extremely influential as both a singer and composer, Sam Cooke is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.

Sam Cooke's pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

In his AllMusic biography of Sam Cooke, Bruce Eder wrote that Sam Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed".

Sam Cooke had 30 U.S. Top-40 hit songs between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of Sam Cooke's most popular songs.

Sam Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer.

Sam Cooke also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.

On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Sam Cooke was shot and killed. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cooke's family and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.



SoundBounce.com (2008)

If there was ever an anthem for the times that we are living in now, it is Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Although the song exemplified the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, it is quite applicable to today (2008), with the possibility of the next President of the United States being either a Black man or a woman.

When Cooke recorded the song in 1963 he probably didn't--and couldn't--envision this world, but here we are. A change is definitely happening.

Considered one of the founding fathers of modern soul music, Cooke wrote and recorded "A Change Is Gonna Come" after hearing Bob Dylan's protest song "Blowin' in the Wind" and as a response to the racism and discrimination that he faced everyday.

The song's orchestration matched the drama of the lyrics that he wrapped his gospel trained vocals so effortlessly around.

It's unfathomable that this song didn't chart any higher than #9 on the R&B tally and fared even worse on the Pop Top 40 by stalling at #31.

However, in the decades since its release it has been considered an American classic. A laundry list of performers have done covers of the tune, but, quite honestly, no one can touch the raw emotion and passion of Sam's original.



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