Happy Bday, Sam Cooke!

Sam Cooke, deemed by many as the “King Of Soul” who died too early at 33, was one of the first black artists to attend to the business side of his music career starting both a record label and publishing company for his music.

During his short life, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement, and perhaps wrote on of the most poignant compositions of his era: “A Change Is Gonna Come”, which was listed as #12 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It is a song that still resonates today as a call for people to take action to chance society’s general indifference to those who have no voice.

The lyrics of “A Change Is Gonna Come” is posted below:

“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 knockin’ me
Back down on my knees

Oh 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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