A Change Is Going To Come

A Change is going to come — Sam Cooke.

Change will come. As always, it is just a matter of who determines what that change will be. —¬†Winona LaDuke.

I read the latter quote first, but instantly Sam Cooke’s lyrics and tune got stuck in my head. The only thing every pundit about the virus agree on is that our lives will change, just what that change will be is up for debate.

LaDuke’s quote is therefore apropos. Each of us need to ask ourselves how will I change as a result, and how can I make it a change for the better. I find myself asking will I become kinder, become more grateful and thankful, will my writing change, and will I become healthier, and a hundred more questions. I don’t have the answers, but what I do know is that it is incumbent on me to adapt to change and take advantage of it. This weekend give the inevitable change some thought and maybe you will decide that it will be you “who determines what that change will be.”

In case you are like me and Sam Cooke’s tune is stuck in your head here are the lyrics:

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ev’r since
It’s been a long time, 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 tellin’ 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, oh
There have 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 is gonna come, oh yes it will.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

2 Comments +

  1. We were asked to put on an MLK tribute this past January and my friend Michael Hulett sang A Change is Gonna Come. He killed it.

  2. Love the song, and of course I love Sam Cooke. Wish I could have heard Michael’s cover. W.

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