A Change Is Gonna Come Lyrics

Otis Redding


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Alfred
writers: Sam Cooke
album: Track 3 in album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
release date: 1965-9-15
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length: 4:21
producer: Jim Stewart
recorded by: Tom Dowd
keyboard: Booker T. Jones and Isaac Hayes
guitar: Steve Cropper
bass guitar: Donald “Duck” Dunn
drums: Al Jackson, Jr.
trumpet: Wayne Jackson and Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller
tenor saxophone: Andrew Love
baritone saxophone: Floyd Newman
background vocals: Earl Sims
composer: Sam Cooke
lyricist: Sam Cooke

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Otis Redding Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul cover art
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I was born by a river, oh man, in this little old tent, oh
Just like this river, I've been running ever since
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know, but I know, a change is gotta come
Ooo yes it is
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my

It's been too hard living, oh my
And I'm afraid to die
I don't know what's up there
Beyond the clouds

It's been a long, long time coming
But I know, but I know a change is gotta come
Oh yes it is
Oh my, oh my, oh my

There's a time I would go to my brother, oh my
I asked my brother, "Will you help me please?", oh my oh my
He turned me down and then I ask my dear mother, oh
I said "Mother!"
I said "Mother! I'm down on my knees"

It's been a time that I thought
Lord this couldn't last for very long, oh now
But somehow I thought I was still able to try to carry on
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it is

Just like I said, I went to my little bitty brother, oh my little brother now
I asked my brother "Brother help me please?", oh now
He turned me down and then I go to my little mother, my dear mother, oh my
I said "Mother!"
I said "Mother! I'm down on my knees"

But there was a time that I thought
Lord this couldn't last for very long, oh my
Somehow I thought I was still able to try to carry on
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know, but I know a change is gotta come, ooo
It's been so long, it's been so long, a little too long
A change has gotta come
So tired, so tired of standing by myself
And standing up alone
A change has gotta come
You know and I know, and you know that I know
I know that you know, honey
That a change is gonna come oh yeah oh, I gotta


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Ole Man Trouble
  • 2 Respect
  • 3 A Change Is Gonna Come
  • 4 Down in the Valley
  • 5 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  • 6 Shake
  • 7 My Girl
  • 8 Wonderful World
  • 9 Rock Me Baby
  • 10 Satisfaction
  • 11 You Don’t Miss Your Water