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

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Written by: Sam Cooke

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Sam had wanted to write a political song for a long time, but his record company was worried it wouldn’t sell to white folk. One night, Sam was racially discriminated against at a Hotel, and that was the final straw.

That, plus the fact Bob Dylans “Blowing in the wind” was popular, and actually a part of Sams regular set, was all he needed to pursue writing this song.

He performed it once on live tv, it was the same night The Beatles debuted on American TV infront of 70m people. No one saw it, no one kept it, it’s a mystery where that video is today.

Sam was friends with Malcolm, mainly through his best friend Muhammad Ali, and had a lot of respect for the black muslim movement, but Sam was never pushed by Malcolm to record this song. That was just a movie scene.

Sam performed the song for the first time to his friend J.W Alexander late December, 1963. The one night in Miami was February, 1964.



Dgenrate

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 gon' 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 gon' come
Oh yes, it will
I go to the movie
And I go downtown
And somebody keep telling me
"Don't hang around"
It's been a long
A long time coming, but I know
A change gon' 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 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 gon' come
Oh yes, it will



Жұмабек Маратов

A change is gonna come
Перемены грядут
I was born by the river
Я был рожден у реки
In a little tent
В лачуге без стен,
And just like that river I've been a-running
И, как и эта река, я все бегу
Ever since
С тех пор.

It's been a long time coming
Это копилось так давно,
But I know oh-oo-oh a change gon' come, oh yes it will
Но я знаю, перемены грядут, о да, грядут.

It's been too hard living
Жизнь была так тяжела,
But I'm afraid to die
Но смерть вызывает страх,
Cause I don't know what's up there
Ведь не известно мне, что там,
Beyond the sky
На небесах.

It's been a long time coming
Это копилось так давно,
But I know oh-oo-oh a change gon' come, oh yes it will
Но я знаю, что перемены грядут, о да, грядут.

I go to the movie
Я иду в кино,
And I go downtown
В центр города прогуляться,

Somebody keep telling me don't hang around
Обязательно кто-то скажет мне, нечего тут болтаться.

It's been a long time coming
Это копилось так давно,
But I know oh-oo-oh a change gon' come, oh yes it will
Но я знаю, перемены грядут, о да, грядут.

Then I go oh-oo-oh to my brother
Тогда я иду к брату
And I say brother help me please
И говорю, брат, прошу, помоги мне,
But he winds up knockin' me
Но он толкает меня встать смиренно
Back down on my knees
Опять на колени.
Oh, there've been times when I thought I couldn't last for long
Были времена, когда мне казалось, что не могу больше,
But now I think I'm able to carry on
Но теперь я думаю, что могу продолжить.

It's been a long time coming
Это копилось так давно,
But I know oh-oo-oh a change gon' come, oh yes it will
Но я знаю, перемены грядут, о да, грядут.



She said it Hmmm

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, knockin' me
Back down on my knees
… Oh, 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



Some God loving dude

LYRICS:
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, knockin' me
Back down on my knees
Oh, 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



All comments from YouTube:

roblw44

My two best friends recently died. One of them a month ago, the other a year ago. One night the three of us were hanging out on a Saturday night having ourselves a good time, laughing and driving around when my friend in the passenger seat asked my friend sitting in the backseat to sing for us. My friend in the backseat could sing very well and was in a gospel group with his brothers. He sang "a change gonna come". Little did I know that he was going to end up singing it to his funeral months later and now he's gone now too. These men were literally like brothers to me and now each time I hear this beautiful song, I dedicate it to them. Junie and JD, this is for you. My brothers

Andre Hernandez

I'm sorry friend. I'm hugging you friend.

I_Luv_JESUS

✝️✝️✝️✝️♥️♥️

justin 4619

Rip

Kerry Martin

💔 Man, I am so sorry! That's rough.

AmoNNey

Yeah ur comment made me cry bruh🤦🏽‍♂️😭

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David Liebowitz

It's been 60 years since Sam Cooke wrote this song, bless his soul. Not enough change has come in that time. But let's all never give up, never give in to hate. #stopthehate

Paul Rogers

The Golden Age Is Coming.

Dan McHale

Never fails to bring a tear to my eye. The greatest song ever. God bless you Sam.

Sam Katz

Me, as well. Just can't hear it without the weight of the world coming down.

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