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I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, 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 telling 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 knocking me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh.....

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



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  • Kurogari_No_Hime
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    Kurogari_No_HimeJul 7, 2008 at 3:25 am
    sam cooke meant that one day, even through all the racism that he had to live with, all of it will end and everybody, no matter what color, race religion, or whatever; will get along without discrimination.
    so if you really are racist you need to rethink where you are in life. where i live black people, part of the many races that i am, are racist against white people. so i get attacked everyday because they say that my behavior is 'white'. the two major people who help me get through this are my brother and mother. my brother is half white but looks white and my mother is over one fourth white. i grew up without a father and eventually i realized that it's not the color of your skin or where your family's from or even where you go to church at, it's the content of your character and that is why i have few friends where i live. anybody with me on that?
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    UnregisteredMay 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    Sam cooke is still trying to find meaning.. "like the river, i've been running ever since".. He don't know what going on so he is searching for the answers.. "he went downtown and was told not to hang around" why can't we all co-exist with each other... "then i go to my brother and say help me please, buthe winds up knocking me back down to my knees" he went to find answers, from someone he thought would help him.. But was turned away.. So he is still running like the river... And through it all he is alright.. And he know eventually all te answers he searches for will soon surface one day..
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    TksongzJan 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    It means dat, no matter d situation in life, change is gonna come. That we can't remain in a particular situation for ever.
    I love dis music so much!
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    UnregisteredFeb 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    I really like this song but I can't sing it the way he sing it and I'm not trying to sound like him but I want to know how to sing the song. I know how to sing I love singing it's my life I want to grow up knowing how to sing.
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    UnregisteredJun 15, 2012 at 3:28 am
    It is the struggle of a special man in the world! The original man who sung the song exemplifies the true meaning! Sam cook was slain by one of his own, in a senseless death! Google his death and you'll see that this is a daily plight for the average "so-called negro! "

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