a change is gonna come lyrics – otis redding

i was born by a river 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
oh yes it is
on 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
on my!

there was a time i would go to my brother
i asked my brother, “will you help me please?”
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
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, my littele brother
i asked my brother “brother help me please?”
he turned me down and then i go to my little mother, my dear mother
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
but 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
oh yes it will

so tired of standing by myself
you know that i know that a change is gotta come

/ otis redding lyrics