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At number 12 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. This song was written by Cooke himself, and was released in December 1964. It wasn’t really much of a commercial success, getting to a fairly modest 31 in the US singles charts, and wasn’t a hit anywhere else. But its lyrics, which deal with black Americans’ struggle to gain equal status, has made it a significant song in the civil rights struggle and in the history of popular music. The third verse reflects an incident which happened to Cooke and his band, when they were not allowed to stay at a motel in Louisiana whilst on the road during a tour because they were black.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 12 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke.



Cooke’s soulful delivery is full of passion and soul, and the song builds beautifully in each verse before the refrain “But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will”.


I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh 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 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 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 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, oh

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


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





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