A Change is Gonna Come

Story Behind The Song

"A Change is Gonna Come" is a song by Sam Cooke on his album "Ain't That Good News", released March 1, 1964 by RCA Victor. The song was inspired by various personal events in Cooke's life, most prominently an event in which he and his entourage were turned away from a "whites-only" motel in Louisiana. Cooke felt compelled to write a song that spoke to his struggle and of theose around him during the Civil Rights Movement.

Song Description

Civil rights era song by Sam Cooke.

Song Length 5:19 Genre Blues - Traditional
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant Subject Determination
Language English Era 1960 - 1969


First Verse:
"I was born by the river in a little tent, oh and just like the river I've been runnin ever since..."

Lyrics Sam Cooke Music Sam Cooke
Producer RCA Victor Performance Sam Cooke
Label RCA Victor
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Robert J. 2019 Mama Awards Songs 4/17/2019
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