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Sam Cooke’s Iconic 1964 Release: A Change Is Gonna Come

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A Change Is Gonna Come” is a powerful and iconic song by the legendary American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Released in 1964, the song is often considered one of the most significant anthems of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

Sam Cooke wrote “A Change Is Gonna Come” to address the struggles and challenges faced by African Americans during the 1960s. The song’s lyrics reflect a sense of hope, optimism, and the anticipation of positive change in the face of adversity. It also acknowledges the ongoing difficulties and discrimination that African Americans were experiencing at the time.

The song is known for its emotive and soulful delivery, featuring Cooke’s signature smooth and powerful vocals. The arrangement combines elements of gospel, R&B, and soul music, creating a heartfelt and moving composition.

Unfortunately, Sam Cooke passed away tragically at a young age in December 1964, shortly after the release of the song. “A Change Is Gonna Come” remains one of his most enduring and celebrated works, and it continues to inspire and resonate with people as a timeless expression of hope and perseverance in the face of social injustice.

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Song Lyrics “A Change Is Gonna Come”

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
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

There’ve 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

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