Change Gone Come – Sam Cooke King Of Soul

Change Gone Come – Sam Cooke King Of Soul

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Change Gone Come

I was born by the river in a little tent
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 is 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 is gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie
And i go downtown
Somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
Its been a long a long time coming
But I know a change is 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

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 gone come, oh yes it will

Change gone come
Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke was born on January 22, 1931. He died on December 11, 1964, shot to death by Bertha Franklin. He would have been 85 years old in 2016. According to Bertha Franklin, Cooke’s last word’s are “Lady You shot me.”  The courts agreed that Bertha was acting in self-defense and ruled Cooke’s death a “justifiable homicide.”  He was only 33 years old.

The song “A Change Is Gonna Come” was recorded on November 11, 1964. Exactly one month prior to Cooke’s shocking death.  He was inspired to write the song because of an incident involving a front desk clerk working at a Holiday Inn hotel in the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. The clerk  refused to book a room for Cooke and his wife.  Cooke was enraged, ripped the desk clerk a new one and was finally persuaded to leave.  You see,  Cooke was a big hit with the white audience which made him a crossover star in his day.  So he is used to getting what he wanted.  Even though it was 1963, a time when blacks didn’t have civil rights yet.  And to add insult to injury Cooke and his entourage was arrested that same night for disturbing the peace.  BloodSuckers!

A Change Gone Come was one of many civil rights anthems.  The lyrics really captured the struggles of the times for the black community in the Jim Crow era.  The song inspired a lot of his listeners, more importantly, the black community.  I was born in 75 so Sam Cooke is clearly before my time.  However “Change Gone Come” has transcended the times and is still very much relevant today.

I love this song.  I keep it in heavy rotation for inspiration and today I share with you in the hopes of lighting a fire under your buttocks and inspire you to become the change that you want to see.  I thank and I am proud of  Sam Cooke for producing this great song.

Rest in Peace Mr. Cooke.


Staff Writer: David P
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Song performer and writer: Sam Cooke
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