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A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke Lyrics

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ev'r 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 tellin' 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 knockin' me
Back down on my knees, oh

There have 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 is gonna come, oh yes it will

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Abkco Music, Inc.
Written by: Sam Cooke

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Tahar Ben Seddik


Sometimes people in this time need some interesting people from the past to learn something.
And I find it special that you have seen certain movies which can add
(new) information to your knowledge
In order ro learn more about a
subject and the important people who were involved.

I remember that when I was a little boy I used to watch Mohamed Ali when he was boxing with my father.
And due to the difference in time between the U.S. and The Netherlands it was always in the middle of the night.
Nice memories of a very, very good boxer and my father who liked the boxing qualities of Mohamed Ali very much.

In the case of Malcolm X, who later on in his life changed his name in Malik El-Chabazz, el-hajj Malik El-Chabazz, because he went to Mekka, I got qurious what started a lot of reading about this man.
I also saw the movie with Denzel Washington as Malcolm X.
The X, as you may know from math, stands for unknown.
And this is a fact.
How can a black man from Africa have 'Little' as his last name ?
Correct, slavery and the last name of
his white owner.
This was also the basic for who he became.

I also like to listen to Sam Cooke and
Otis Redding as a part of the Americam society in those days.
Allah (swt) sent me later to this earth, but sometimes I wish I had experienced that time.

I wish you a lot of reading pleasure with the autobiography of
Malcolm X.

Kind regards,

An Moroccan from The Netherlands.


@Tahar Ben Seddik I'm also moroccan man i've recently seen alot of movies about muhammad ali, malcolm x etc about life in the 60s and the movies were so good!

Malcolm X (1992)
Ali (2001)

And then i started watching "One Night in Miami (2020)
it was such a good movie about Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown in the 60s. They were good friends or should i say.. Brothers.

The actors did a wonderful job portraying the characters you should really watch it!

I'm going to start reading Malcolm X's Autobiography, i ordered it today and i look forward to reading it. Because he wrote most if it himself.. Before he was killed.

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Jake Thompson

Sucks that this song is relevant with its social message in 2020.

Gary Ball

Well it's not just about black lives is that all people and life together to live together cuz it's beginning to say we have to love one another get along in this country forever if you don't we do not have a country at all

Daniel Cruz

The message will continue each year after year if we continue not to learn the message and only care about our own needs cuz we won't be able to see what's really going on around us

Chris Marple

Only to those who are ignorant

martin espinal

it does. it does. nuthin has changed. dag.

Nico Miguel Sanchez


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Emilio Santana

There are songs that hit you right in the gut and make you cry...this is one of those songs.

David Hubbert

Your not alone in that feeling.


I’m not nice song doe😃

Willa McClain


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