I was born by the river In a little tent O just like the river I've been runnin ever since Its been a loooong long time comin but I know Change gonna come O yes it will Its been tooooo hard livin but I'm afraid to diiiie Cuz I don't know whats up there beyond the sky Its been a long long time comin but I know Change gonna come wooah yes it will I go to the movie and I go downtown Somebody keep tellin me don't hang around Its been a long loooooong time comin but I know That change gonna come o yes it will When I go to my brother I say brother help me please But he winds up not givin me. Back down on my knees beggin pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaase! Yeah! I've been I couldn't last that long now I think I'm able to carry on. Its been a long long time long time comin but I know that change gonna come o yes it will.