A Change Is Gonna Come chords by Sam Cooke


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A Change Is Gonna Come | Chords + Lyrics (capo 2)


Intro

| G6 D6/F# | Em D6/A Bm7 |
| C Gsus4/B Am7 C/G | A7sus4 D7 D7sus4 | D7 |

Verse 1

| G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
| G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Verse 2

| G | G | Am | Em |
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die, I don’t know what’s out there, beyond the sky.
| G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Verse 3

| G | G | Am | Em |
I go to the movie, and I go downtown, somebody keep telling me don’t hang around.
| G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Middle 8

| Am | Em | Am | Em |
Then I go to my brother, and I say brother help me, please.
| Am | Em G | A7 | D7 |
But he winds up knockin’ me, back down on my knees.

Verse 4

| G | G | Am | Em |
Oh, there’ve been times when I thought I couldn’t last for long, but now I think I’m able to carry on.
| G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.


A Change Is Gonna Come | Chords + Lyrics (original key)


Intro

| Bb6 F6/A | Gm F6/C Dm7 |
| Eb Bbsus4/D Cm7 Eb/Bb | C7sus4 F7 F7sus4 | F7 |

Verse 1

| Bb | Bb | Cm | Gm |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
| Bb | Cm Eb D7 | Gm | Bb |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Verse 2

| Bb | Bb | Cm | Gm |
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die, I don’t know what’s out there, beyond the sky.
| Bb | Cm Eb D7 | Gm | Bb |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Verse 3

| Bb | Bb | Cm | Gm |
I go to the movie, and I go downtown, somebody keep telling me don’t hang around.
| Bb | Cm Eb D7 | Gm | Bb |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Middle 8

| Cm | Gm | Cm | Gm |
Then I go to my brother, and I say brother help me, please.
| Cm | Gm Bb | C7 | F7 |
But he winds up knockin’ me, back down on my knees.

Verse 4

| Bb | Bb | Cm | Gm |
Oh, there’ve been times when I thought I couldn’t last for long, but now I think I’m able to carry on.
| Bb | Cm Eb D7 | Gm | Bb |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.


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A Change Is Gonna Come’s chords and progressions (course preview)

A Change Is Gonna Come 8 step by step guitar lessons

As the chord names for the intro of A Change Is Gonna Come are so unique and complex, it would make more sense to first learn this using TAB, rather than reading the chord names.

It would also make sense to avoid calling the intro progression by their Roman numerals, it’s just a bit too complex.

For the verse/chorus and the m8 however, using Roman numerals is essential. Study these and you’ll be able to easily play A Change Is Gonna Come in any key!

Here’s the verse progression. Let’s compare the original key of Bb with using a capo on fret 3.

| Bb (I) | Bb (I) | Cm (II) | Gm (VI) |
| Bb (I) | Cm (II) Eb (IV) D7 (IIIx) | Gm (VI) | Bb (I) |

Here’s the key of G instead (capo fret 3):

| G (I) | G (I) | Am (II) | Em (VI) |
| G (I) | Am (II) C (IV) B7 (IIIx) | Em (VI) | G (I) |

It’s not only much easier to play in the key of G, but also to see the chord movements!

The video lesson above is a sample from the course where I discuss how to play A Change Is Gonna Come’s verse chords, thinking in G, but with a capo on fret 2, this becomes the key of A.

Here’s the TAB for what I’m talking about in the video (you’ll also find this in the playlist above, use this to play along with).

A Change Is Gonna Come Verse example 1 in TAB

In the full lesson from the course, we next look at another way to play this verse.

Over the next steps (8 in total), we keep investigating how to play A Change Is Gonna Come’s remaining sections. That’s the middle 8 and intro.

We also look at playing the minor and major pentatonic, as well as the vocal melody.

In step 7 we learn a 2nd guitar part in the key of A, without a capo. Learn this so you me and the singer can play this classic tune together, like a trio.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): A Change Is Gonna Come 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

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A Change Is Gonna Come is a response to Blowin’ In The Wind!

A Change Is Gonna Come is a single by Sam Cooke. The song has a very complicated history. Initially written as a response to Bob Dylan‘s Blowin’ In The Wind, Sam wanted to write a song as powerful as Dylan’s.

The song would come to be used as an anthem for the civil rights movement during the mid to late ‘60s. Similarly, in 2008, the song was used in President Barack Obama’s election campaign.

Led by keywords such as Change and Yes We Can, A Change Is Gonna Come came to back one of the most important historical events in modern history, the election of a black American president.

Unfortunately, Sam Cooke never got to enjoy the success of the song as he died under mysterious circumstances in December 1964. His best tune didn’t peak in the charts until February of the following year.

Since then, most famous artists have sung A Change Is Gonna Come, including, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Supremes, Al Green, Tina Turner, and more recently, Lizzo.

This was easily Sam Cooke’s most serious work. Previously, he delivered mainly sugar-sweet songs like Ain’t That Good News and Wonderful World.

All of these songs put together make Sam Cooke one of the founding fathers of American soul music.


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