A Change Is Gonna Come chords



You can learn how to play A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke!

A Change Is Gonna Come is a single by Sam Cooke. It was inspired by Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind which Cooke felt must have been written by a black man.

The song achieved great commercial success and has been covered by many famous singers since, including Bob Dylan!

Both these songs are put under the microscope in the intermediate acoustic course.

Let’s take a look at all the chords and lyrics for A Change Is Gona Come, thinking as if in the of G. We do this since we use a capo when playing the song on just one acoustic guitar.

The use of the capo is twofold, first, we get easier to play open position chords, but we can also change the key. For A Change Is Ginna Come I do both. By putting the capo on fret 2, I lower the key by a semitone at the request of the singer.

Below this, I also show you the chords as if played without a capo, in the original key of Bb. This would be suitable if you played A Change Is Gonna Come on the electric guitar with a band.


A Change Is Gonna Come chords and lyrics (Capo 2)


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

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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 and lyrics – No capo


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

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.


A Change Is Gonna Come chord progression

As the chord names for the intro are so unique and complex, it would make more sense to first learn this using TAB, rather than reading the chord names. You get complete TAB in the course.

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 bridge, 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 again. Let’s stay in the original key of Bb.

| Bb | Bb | Cm | Gm |
| Bb | Cm Eb D7 | Gm | Bb |

Here’s the verse progression as roman numerals.

| I | I | II | VI |
| I | II IV V7 | VI | I |

Here are the bridge chords.

| Cm | Gm | Cm | Gm |
| Cm | Gm Bb | C7 | F7 |

Finally, here the chords are as roman numerals.

| II | VI | II | VI |
| II | VI I | IIx7 | V7 |

Only the IIx chord is outside the key. It should have been a minor chord. Making it major changes the feel of the progression and leads more strongly to chord V.


A Change Is Gonna Come – 8 Guitar Lessons

To learn A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke may not be that difficult, if you disregard the intro.

Let’s learn all sections step by step, before we go further and learn more about scales, play the vocal melody and finally, construct a 2nd guitar part.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come – 8 Guitar Lessons.


A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

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

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.


Al Green – Biography

Al Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find Let’s Stay Together and Take Me To The River as well as covers of A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire, and My Girl.

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Aretha Franklin – Biography

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Considered by most critics and peers the greatest singer of all time.

Born in Detroit and looking for a record deal in 1960, Aretha seemed like the perfect match for Berry Gordy’s label Motown. However, Aretha’s father had other ideas.

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Sam Cooke – Biography

Sam Cooke has been called The King Of Soul. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including You Send Me, Chain Gang, A Change Is Gonna Come, and Wonderful World.

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Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

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If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

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