Sam Cooke — A Change is Gonna Come
Album: Best Of
Avg rating:
8.7

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Total ratings: 1075









Released: 1964
Length: 3:09
Plays (last 30 days): 0
I was born by the river in a little tent
Ohh and just like the river I've been running ev'r since
It's been a long time, 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 tellin' 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 knockin' me
Back down on my knees, ohh

There have 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 is gonna come, oh yes it will
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To me this is  8 - Most Excellent
 marklaw wrote:
Change will come.  It's slow, it's painful, but right and morality will out.  #Resist

 
Race relations went backwards 30 years with Mr Hope and Change.  You maybe should have resisted that...
Change will come.  It's slow, it's painful, but right and morality will out.  #Resist
A truly beautiful piece of music!  Thank you RP
PSD from the post TH David Byrne to this. Like going from leftovers to the full Christmas dinner.  
 Cynaera wrote:
His voice gives me chills - so pure and true. I love this song.

 
yes

yes
Going up, 9 > 10  that is an awesome piece.
An absolute classic. 
 westslope wrote:
Sweet.

So for the benefit of those of us who require mental crutches to see forward, in what category does this song fall?  R&B?  Soul?   

 
Cooke is regarded as The Father Of Soul Music, for example his first hit "You Send Me" in 1957 you can hear how he sweetened up the R&B and Do-Wop of the '50's that started Soul Music, all the singers that followed Cooke in the 1960's credit him as inspiration and an idol.
To answer your question, if I had to hang a label on it I'd say Soul Music but that is what my ears hear.
This song "A Change Is Gonna Come" I get a little jazzy and Gospel feel to it but Cooke put his signature on it and made it soulful
Sweet.

So for the benefit of those of us who require mental crutches to see forward, in what category does this song fall?  R&B?  Soul?   
you'd think with an 8.8 rating RP would be playing tons of Sam Cooke

Pure.

Freakin'.

Gold.

 


 mfcrowe wrote:
Check out the his album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. It is awesome and so different from his pop recordings. This guy could rock. King Curtis is unbelievable in the sax and if you haven't heard his music, you should. In fact Bill, I am surprised that he isn't played on RP.

Check out King Curtis -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8d36w_ijw  

 A terrific version of Twisting the Night Away on that album

 


A firm 9. The only reason I can't give it a 10 is because I have to leave room for Aaron Neville's rendition, which is even better. Chilling.
I want an 11 for this.
Been a long time since I heard this. Gave me chills. His phrasing is phenomenal.
 Cynaera wrote:
His voice gives me chills - so pure and true. I love this song.

 
Absolutely.
Check out the his album Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. It is awesome and so different from his pop recordings. This guy could rock. King Curtis is unbelievable in the sax and if you haven't heard his music, you should. In fact Bill, I am surprised that he isn't played on RP.

Check out King Curtis -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8d36w_ijw  

 
Sublime