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Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics

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


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
    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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  • u
    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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  • r
    Idont know english, trhully. I'm just a man who lives since has he born, 30 years ago, in Buenos Aires. So if you read, yo will understand that I'not a enlghis spokeman. Just a little bit, I learn english by my own, since the I was 14. I wish to tell, that song of Sam Cooke, I have learned alyet just today, since more years ago, I really understand it. Most tha an racism matter, it is an human matter, a espiritual fact. The Death, the sorrow, the lonelys, iniquty, are thing that all we have in a way or other. Meaning mi mind's process the traslation to the song from the english, to Español, slowly, "like the river..." inside me, something makes noise. Then the sillence, and finally tears.
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  • s
    I am with you on that. Racism and religious descrimination will have to end. However, this won't be up to the people and people won't have the choice to live in peace, because they will never choose that. This choice was there ever since the world began, but never and will never choose it. There will be an outsider force, that would force them to behave like what god wanted, and end the discrimination againest each other. Do you know when will that happen?.
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  • h
    This whole song is about going through racism back in the day. While going through these racist times he had hope that there would be a change. A change that even today a lot of people are still waiting for. At the end of the song he knows that he can go on with life and that, that change will happen soon, he might not be here for it but, he knows a change is still gonna come.
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