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“A Change Is Gonna Come”–Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

This is my song to honor the USA on its birthday. I know so much has changed, but so much still needs to change for Langston Hughes’ dream of America to be America again. I think this song is as true now as ever. Besides have you seen any more a brilliant group of vocalists sing one song?

There are too many amazing covers of this song by masterful artists, I can’t include all of them, but I will highlight some of the best: Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bobby Womack, and even Bob Dylan.

Patti Labelle – Change is gonna come – Live one night only – HD

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

It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh…..

There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Otis Redding

Aretha Franklin

Billy Preston

Al Green -Live

Luther Vandross Sings In Church


BOBBY WOMACK ( LIVE )

Tina Turner and Robert Cray

The Fugees and Lauren Hill

Bob Dylan unexpectedly covers Sam Cooke masterpiece

Playing For Change – Live at Folsom

“Gloria”–Patti Smith Group (Written by Van Morrison)

4/22/1979 Patti Smith Group at Rockpalast TV

Originally a Van Morrison song, but Smith added her opening line and she has a unique arrangement, a brooding intensity leading to an explosive punk rock culmination.

Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine
Meltin’ in a pot of thieves
Wild card up my sleeve
Thick heart of stone
My sins my own
They belong to me, me
People say ‘beware!’
But I don’t care
The words are just
Rules and regulations to me, me
I-I walk in a room, you know I look so proud
I’m movin’ in this here atmosphere, well, anything’s allowed
And I go to this here party and I just get bored
Until I look out the window, see a sweet young thing
Humpin’ on the parking meter, leanin’ on the parking meter
Oh, she looks so good, oh, she looks so fine
And I got this crazy feeling and then I’m gonna ah-ah make her mine.

She took a song covered by thousands of garage bands and ripped the head off of it.

And my baby is walkin’ through the door
Leanin’ on my couch she whispers to me and I take the big plunge
And oh, she was so good and oh, she was so fine
And I’m gonna tell the world that I just ah-ah made her mine
And I said darling, tell me your name, she told me her name
She whispered to me, she told me her name
And her name is, and her name is, and her name is, and her name is g-l-o-r-i-a
G-l-o-r-i-a gloria g-l-o-r-i-a gloria
G-l-o-r-i-a gloria g-l-o-r-i-a gloria

We have to pay homage to Van Morrison, the writer of this pure rock n roll in the seediest, tastiest sense.

Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker, 1989 Beacon Theater

 

“Blind Willy McTell”–Bob Dylan

Released in 1991 on the The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991

Dylan Plays “Blind Willie McTell” Live

Dylan’s folk ballad, “Blind Willie McTell” reminds me of the southern fiction of Faulkner or O’Conner. The story telling is at once dark, vivid, beautiful, and enigmatic. The extraordinary power of the language is still second to the plaintiff blues of the melody. This uniquely American song is written by a great American literary giant at the height of his story telling powers. At once lyric and narrative Dylan opens with:

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem.”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell.

To follow an ominous beginning, Dylan drives it home like a shank in the gut:

English: Bob Dylan performing in Rotterdam, Ju...

English: Bob Dylan performing in Rotterdam, June 23 1978 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, God is in heaven
And we all want what’s his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I’m gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Dylan-Blind Willie McTell-Oberhausen 2011 

Amazing Covers

Allman Brothers  w/Bruce Katz & Danny Louis

Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak Florida 4/20/12

Oddly Unique Version (Audio Only) DREAM SYNDICATE

From the Album May Your Song Always be Sung – The Songs of Bob Dylan