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Intro: F9  Eb9, D7

Verse 1:
      G
I was born by the river, in a little tent,
       Am7                                       Em
Oh and just like that river, I've, been running, ever since.
            G         Am7                     C7          B7
It's been a long... a long time coming, but I know, oh-oh-oh,
Em                          G
 a change's gonna come, oh, yes it will.

Verse 2:
          G
It's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die,
Am7                                 Em
 'Cos I don't know what's out there, beyond the sky.
            G         Am7                     C7          B7
It's been a long... a long time coming, but I know, oh-oh-oh,
Em                           G
 a change is gonna come, oh, yes it will.

Verse 3:
  G
I go to the movie and I go downtown,
Am7                              Em
 Somebody keep telling me don't, hang around.
            G         Am7                     C7          B7
It's been a long... a long time coming, but I know, oh-oh-oh,
Em                           G
 a change is gonna come, oh, yes it will.

Bridge:
Am7              G6
 Then I go to my brother,
Am7                         Em
 And I say brother, help me please.
Am7               Em
 But he winds up, knockin' me,
A9               D7
 Back down on my knees, oh...

Verse 4:
           G
There been times that I thought, I couldn't last for long,
Am7                           Em
 But now I think I'm able to, carry on.
            G         Am7                     C7          B7
It's been a long... a long time coming, but I know, oh-oh-oh,
Em                           G
 a change is gonna come, oh, yes it will.    
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3 Comments

  1. …Also, he sings the song in B flat. It’s interesting to me that Aretha also sings it in B flat. Really shows what kind of pipes Sam had.

  2. Great job Jonas. This is very useful to me because I’m learning this song on the ukulele.

    A couple of minor lyric change suggestions based on what he actually sang on the original recording:

    Verse 2: “…I don’t know what’s OUT there, beyond” should be “I don’t know what’s UP there, beyond…”
    “a change is gonna come, OH, yes it will.” should be “a change is gonna come, LORD, yes it will.”

    Thanks for you effort!

  3. The tabs are great, but the lyrics are a bit off.

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