A Change Is Gonna Come Lyrics

A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke

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A Change Is Gonna Come Lyrics

I was born by the river in a little tent
And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been 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
Cos I don’t know what’s out 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 down town
somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
Its been along 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 knockin’ me
Back down on my knees

There were times when 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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A Change Is Gonna Come – Guitar Lesson

The intro to ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ is a guitar version of the string arrangement from the original recording.

Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the same key as the original, A.

When you take the intermediate course we first learn it as in the video, then create a second guitar part using barre chords.

Go to video lessons: A Change Is Gonna Come chords.


Sam Cooke – Biography

sam-cooke-thumbSam Cooke has been called ‘The King Of Soul’. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including ‘You Send Me’, ‘Chain Gang’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Bring It On Home To Me’.

To find out more, go to Sam Cooke biography.


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