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Otis Redding

A Change Is Gonna Come

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“A Change Is Gonna Come” is a song by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, released on December 22, 1964 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by René Hall, the song was the B-side to “Shake”. The song concerns African-Americans and contains the refrain, “It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come.“ 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 and the struggle of those around him, and he recorded the song for its first release on his final album, Ain’t That Good News. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ It's been a long...Lord, I'm coming but I know, but I know ... A change is gotta come ... A change is gonna come

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