A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke


A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke is a song that has transcended its era to become a timeless anthem of hope and change. This module explores the song's history, its lyrics, and the impact it has had.

Background and History

A Change Is Gonna Come was released in 1964 by Sam Cooke, a prominent figure in the soul music genre. This song is not only a masterpiece of music but also a significant cultural and political statement. It emerged during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, capturing the essence of the struggle for racial equality.

  1. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on music.
  2. Explore the life and career of Sam Cooke.
  3. Understand the context of 1960s America and how it influenced musicians.

Lyrics and Musical Composition

The lyrics of A Change Is Gonna Come are powerful and emotive, reflecting the longing for change and justice. The song's musical composition, combining soulful melodies with poignant lyrics, creates a deep emotional connection with the listener.

  1. Analyze the lyrics of the song and their significance.
  2. Explore the elements of soul music that make this song stand out.
  3. Discover other protest songs from the same era.

Impact and Legacy

The impact of A Change Is Gonna Come extends far beyond its initial release. It has been covered by numerous artists and remains a symbol of hope and change.

  1. Investigate how this song has influenced modern social movements.
  2. Explore covers of the song by different artists and how they interpret its message.
  3. Discuss the song's enduring legacy in both music and social justice movements.


Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "A Change Is Gonna Come" released? (1964) (!1970) (!1959) (!1982)

Which movement was "A Change Is Gonna Come" closely associated with? (Civil Rights Movement) (!Feminist Movement) (!Environmental Movement) (!Anti-War Movement)

Where did Sam Cooke first hear the melody that inspired "A Change Is Gonna Come"? (In a dream) (!At a concert) (!In a movie) (!From another artist)

What is a key theme of "A Change Is Gonna Come"? (Hope and change) (!Love and heartbreak) (!Freedom and adventure) (!Wealth and fame)

Which genre best describes "A Change Is Gonna Come"? (Soul) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!Country)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Sam Cooke known for in the music industry? (Pioneering soul music) (!Inventing rock 'n' roll) (!Being a classical composer) (!Founding hip-hop)

In which city was Sam Cooke born? (Clarksdale, Mississippi) (!Detroit, Michigan) (!Memphis, Tennessee) (!Atlanta, Georgia)

What was Sam Cooke's first major hit song? ("You Send Me") (!"Twist and Shout") (!"Chain Gang") (!"Wonderful World")

What record label did Sam Cooke found? (SAR Records) (!Motown Records) (!Sun Records) (!Stax Records)

How old was Sam Cooke when he passed away? (33) (!27) (!40) (!50)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which line follows "It's been a long time coming"? ("But I know a change is gonna come") (!"And I will sing my song") (!"In this world of trouble") (!"Under the sun")

What does the lyric "I was born by the river" symbolize in the song? (Continuity and change) (!Wealth and prosperity) (!Isolation and despair) (!Freedom and escape)

What is the tone of the song as reflected in its lyrics? (Hopeful yet somber) (!Joyful and upbeat) (!Angry and defiant) (!Melancholic and resigned)

In the song, what does the lyric "I couldn't last for long" express? (Struggle and perseverance) (!Joy and contentment) (!Confusion and doubt) (!Success and victory)

The line "Then I go to my brother" is followed by what? ("And I say, brother, help me please") (!"And we stand together") (!"In this time of need") (!"And we sing a song of peace")


A Change Is Gonna Come 1964
Sam Cooke Pioneering soul music
Civil Rights Movement Song's association
Hope and Change Key theme
SAR Records Founded by Sam Cooke

Open Tasks


  1. Research the History: Look up the historical context of the 1960s in America, focusing on the Civil Rights Movement.
  2. Listen and Reflect: Listen to "A Change Is Gonna Come" and share your feelings about the song in a short paragraph.
  3. Discover Other Songs: Find and listen to two other protest songs from the 1960s.


  1. Lyrics Analysis: Write a detailed analysis of the lyrics of "A Change Is Gonna Come," discussing its themes and messages.
  2. Musical Exploration: Explore the musical elements that make "A Change Is Gonna Come" a soul music classic.
  3. Sam Cooke's Influence: Research and write about how Sam Cooke influenced other musicians and the soul genre.


  1. Creative Project: Create a multimedia presentation on the impact of "A Change Is Gonna Come" on modern social movements.
  2. Comparative Study: Compare and contrast "A Change Is Gonna Come" with a modern protest song, discussing similarities and differences.
  3. In-depth Study: Conduct a detailed study on the life of Sam Cooke and present your findings in a report.

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Oral Exam

  1. Historical Significance: Discuss the historical context of "A Change Is Gonna Come" and its significance in the Civil Rights Movement.
  2. Musical Elements: Explain the musical composition of "A Change Is Gonna Come" and how it contributes to its emotional impact.
  3. Lyrical Interpretation: Interpret the lyrics of "A Change Is Gonna Come" and how they reflect the social issues of the 1960s.
  4. Cultural Impact: Analyze the cultural impact of Sam Cooke's music, particularly focusing on "A Change Is Gonna Come."
  5. Comparative Analysis: Compare "A Change Is Gonna Come" with another protest song from a different era and discuss their thematic similarities and differences.

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