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Change Gon' Come (For Hawai'i)

Originally written by Sam Cooke with changes by Kimie Miner

I was born by the ocean in a little shack 

and to that ocean I can't turn my back.

It's been a long, a long time coming 

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will 

 

It's been too hard living and I'm afraid we'll die

a prisoner in her own home, left to our demise

It's been a long, a long time coming 

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

 

I was born on this aina, on this sacred ground

so why do I feel like a stranger in my own town

It's been a long, a long time coming 

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

 

So I go to my mother

I say "mama help me please"

But her hands are empty

she has nothin left for me

 

Oh there are times when I thought

we wouldn't last for long

but I know we're able to carry on

It's been a long, a long time comin

But I know yes I know a change is gonna come

oh I know yes I know a change gon come,

I know a change is gonna come.


Living In The City

Amaj7 // G#7 // C#m /// B / Amaj7 // G#7 // C#m ////

Verse 1

Well I woke to the sound of screaming sirens

Screamin' "the worlds on fire!"

And the neighbor's baby's cryin' cause they're out of formula

So I hide under the blankets for 5 minutes more

Then I'm out the door...

 

Chorus 1

Amaj7                                                            G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday's a new day

C#m                                                               E

I chose this life for me, but it's cold and lonely

G#m               Amaj7                               G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday gets harder

C#m

I chose this life for me, and it's where I wanna be

G#m                 F#m                            G#7

I'm livin' in the city... I'm livin' in the city...

C#m (2 measure hold)

I'm livin' in the city

 

Verse 2

Well I met him on the J Train from Brooklyn

He had shades on, but I could see right through him

He was a man with a plan and yah, he made it happen...

So we hide under the blankets for 5 minutes more

Then he was out the door...

 

Chorus 2

Amaj7                                                        G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday's a new day

C#m                                                              E  G#m/B

I chose this life for me, but it's cold and lonely

                        Amaj7                             G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday is harder

C#m                                                                            B/D#

I chose this life for me, and it's where I wanna be

 

Bridge

Esus2 Dsus2            A/C# A7

Street sweepers... playin city symphonies

oooh, oooh, ooh ooh ooh

Esus2 Dsus2            A/C# A7

Sky scrapers... like mountains at my feet

oooh, oooh, ooh ooh ooh

Esus2 Dsus2            A/C# A E/G#

all around me, yeah.... all around me...

do do do do... do do do do... do do do do do

F#m                            G#7

There's nowhere else I'd rather be...

oh.. oh oh...

 

Chorus 3 (breakdown)

Amaj7 G#7#9 C#m

I'm livin' in the city, I chose this life for me...

Bm7 Bb7+ Amaj7 G#7aug#9 C#m

I'm livin' in the city, I chose this life for me...

Bm D/E

and it's where I wanna be

Amaj7 G#7

I'm livin' in the city... I'm livin' in the city...

C#m

I'm livin' in the city

 

Verse 3

(do do do do... do do do do... do do do do do)

Well you know I mastered the art of procrastination

I brush my hair while I change the radio station..

I put my car in drive and my stiletto to the pedal

You know it hurts my feet...

My 9 to 5 keeps me alive, so I can't miss a beat

 No ooh whoa ooh whoa ooh

G#7

Chorus 3

Amaj7                                                G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday's a new day

C#m                                            E2/G#    B

I chose this life for me, but it's cold and lonely

 

Amaj7                                                        G#7

I'm livin' in the city, where everyday gets harder

C#m

I chose this life for me, and it's exactly where I wanna be

E2/G#               Amaj7                      G#7

I'm livin' in the city... I'm livin' in the city...

G13#11     F#m

I'm livin' in the city

G#7                                                 C#m

Livin in the city oh I’m livin in the city


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