A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke

The song was released on December 22, 1964.

Other famous songs by Sam Cooke are Chain Gang and Cupid.

I was born by the river in a little tent Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi which is near a river

Oh and just like the river I've been running ev'r since Sam Cooke and family fleed the south

It's been a long time, a long time coming People have been fighting for civil rights for a while

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will Civil rights will be completely put into effect

It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die  He has had a rough life but doesn't want to die before he sees change

'Cause I don't know what's up there, beyond the sky  His faith has been weakened by the world

It's been a long, a long time coming  He has been fighting for rights for a while

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will Civil rights will be completely put into effect

I go to the movie and I go downtown He continues to live his life

Somebody keep tellin' me don't hang around He faces racism in everyday activities

It's been a long, a long time coming He has been fighting for rights for a while

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will Civil rights will be completely put into effect

Then I go to my brother He goes to anyone

And I say brother help me please He is asking anyone for help

But he winds up knockin' me He continues to be oppressed

Back down on my knees, oh He continues to be oppressed

There have been times that I thought I couldn't last for long It has been very difficult dealing with racism

But now I think I'm able to carry on He sees change coming

It's been a long, a long time coming He has been fighting for rights for a while

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will Civil rights will be completely put into effect

This song relates to the time period because it talks about the civil rights movement.

The civil rights movement was taking place at this time

The overall message of the song was to continue to fight for equality and that a change will eventually come.

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