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 Chords: Learn the progressions


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 most sense to 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 too complex.

Members get TAB, first outlining the melody, then harmonising that melody. Once you can play it and understand it, reading the chords will be enough of a reminder.

Unlike the intro, for the verse/chorus and the m8, using Roman numerals is essential.

Here’s the verse progression in the key of G (capo fret 2 if you play with me, 3 if with the original recording):

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

The play-along TAB loop you see above is a sample of how you’ll learn to play A Change Is Gonna Come as a member.

Here are the chords and TAB as an image, pay special attention to how it is broken up between bass notes and chord strums.

A Change Is Gonna Come Verse example 1, chords and 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, played 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 – Guitar Lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

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, it 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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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke wrote A Change Is Gonna Come.

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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This article on A Change Is Gonna Come was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learning guitar with Spytunes.

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