March 28: Bob Dylan – A Change Is Gonna Come

bob dylan apollo 2004

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 gon’ come, oh yes it will

Apollo Theater
New York City, New York
28 March 2004

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & piano)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile & Richie Hayward (drums & percussion)

Broadcast in the NBC TV program Apollo at 70: A Hot Night In Harlem, 19 June 2004.

Here with better quality & a great intro by Ossie Davis:

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 gon’ come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go down town
Somebody keep telling me don’t hang around

Its been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gon’ 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

There been times when 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 gon’ come, oh yes it will

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-Egil

7 thoughts on “March 28: Bob Dylan – A Change Is Gonna Come”

  1. I have always loved Bob’s gutsy rendition of this important American song. “Blowin’ In The Wind” was one of the inspirations to Sam Cooke. Seemingly, Sam wanted to write a high caliber song about the Civil Rights Movement because Cooke believed that if a white man (Bob Dylan) could write such a statement song (Blowin’ In The Wind), than surely as a black man, he could write as passionate a song and the result was “A Change Gonna Come”. It of course could be a myth, but I found when Bob did this cover, the myth was a bit more of a monument to that time in our histories: musical and political.

  2. I hadn’t seen that in quite awhile, and never with the introduction before – that was great, thanks! It’s hard to believe that was 10 years ago already.

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