Serene Sunday: Change Gonna Come

My older brother bought a lot of 45s (remember those?) for his much prized record player.  One of his favorites was R&B singer/songwriter Sam Cooke’s  Change Gonna Come produced in 1964.  As a four year old, I couldn’t really understand the lyrics but I sensed the world weariness behind the words.  Cooke, usually known for light songs, penned the lyrics following the death of his 18 month of old son.  His entourage being arrested for disturbing the peace after attempting to register at a whites-only hotel in Louisiana also contributed to his mood. Change Gonna Come became one of the ballads for the Civil Rights Movement.  It was released posthumously in 1964 after Cooke’s murder. Initially not a Top 40 chart hit, the song has become a Cooke classic.

Although it was released as a R&B ballad, Change Gonna Come has a decided spiritual essence that speaks of maintaining hope and faith that “change gonna come” in the face of life’s obstacles.  I listen when feeling blue; it lends me strength and faith that things will get better.  This song remains one of my favorites today.

 

 

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 knocking me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh…..

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

 

6 thoughts on “Serene Sunday: Change Gonna Come

  1. Sam Cooke has such an effortlessly beautiful voice and he can bring such deep meaning to the simplest turn of a phrase. I have been a fan of his music since I first heard him sing and found out his name. Thank you for this, as for some reason I was not as familiar with it as with his other hits. Although the song it definitely of its era, it has a timeless quality that will make it forever a classic!

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