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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?
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    Personally this song is helping me out of my struggle with depression. This song has power, it touches the heart xx
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 11, 2012 at 10:20 am
    The song is soulful , it depicts that change is inevitable , no matter how you repress it , it will come some day but it doesnt come quickly. Sam waited for the change , he saw it but he never lived it .
  • u
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    UnregisteredJun 17, 2012 at 4:48 am
    It is just is inspiring to others to not give up but things will change in a matter in a time. Ohh yes !
  • u
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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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