4.25.2013

SAM COOKE'S "A CHANGE IS GONNA COME"


Sam Cooke’s classic song “A Change Is Gonna Come” is the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Towering Song, it was announced today by SHOF chairman Jimmy Webb.

The Towering Song Award, which goes to the creator or creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years, will be presented at the 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

“A Change Is Gonna Come” was written and originally performed by Sam Cooke and is published by ABKCO Music.

Cooke wrote it in 1963. It was released as a single in December, 1964, and was quickly adopted as a Civil Rights Movement anthem. It is widely considered to be Cooke's most significant and enduring composition, with over 500 recorded versions since then including covers by Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Bobby Womack, the Fugees, Jon Bon Jovi, Seal, R. Kelly, Gavin DeGraw, Terrence Trent D’Arby, the Righteous Brothers and Al Green. READ MORE


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


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