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The First Post of 2020 - "A Change is Gonna Come"

Jan 1, 2020

Most years, this first Straight No Chaser posting is of "Let's Start the New Year Right" by Irving Berlin, sung by that great crooner (and underrated influence on all jazz singers), Bing Crosby.

But 2020 is not going to be a normal year. It may well be the most important year of my lifetime here in the USA,. A presidential election year. And I don't mind one bit getting a little political, and making it clear that Donald Trump must be voted out of office. Will he still BE in office in November? More than likely. So it will be up to all American who care about this country and its citizens to get to the polls and vote this miserable excuse for a president (lower case) out of office.

And so, the first posting of the year is of the Sam Cooke classic of the Civil Rights era, "A Change is Gonna Come".  This is a moving instrumental version by Noah Preminger from his Meditations on Freedom CD.  But the lyrics set the perfect sentiment for my dream of a better America starting in 2020, and here they are:

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

Say Amen.