1960s Protest Music A Change is gonna come

1.) Who is the artist?

Sam Cooke

2. ) WHat is the name of the song?

A Change is Gonna Come

3.) When was it recorded/released?


4.) What other (if any) famous songs do they sing?

Bring it on Home to Me

5.) What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? (Line by line, verse by verse)

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- Segregation is hard to live through and he questions his religious beliefs.

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...- African Americans would peacefully protest for equality, yet white people would constantly react with violence.

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- These acts of hatred have lasted for a long time and hes gotten so used to it, but he still has faith in a better future.

6.) How do they relate to or reflect the time period?

In the song, Sam Cooke is trying to communicate the struggles that the African Americans were facing, and the what they think will come from the protesting.

7.) What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular?

Civil rights movement, Popular around the Selma Alabama protest

8.) What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song?

The overall message of the song is a warning about the violence and how things were going to change in our society


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