So many said they're gonna make change, bring change, it's gonna come.
So many said they're gonna end pain, stop pain, that pain is done.
Yet it's still hard to see the light.
So many people just can't seem to do what's right.
Maybe when Abraham died, we died...
Maybe when John died, we died...
Maybe when Martin died, we died...
Maybe when the music died, we died...
Why is it that the good die so young?
Why is it that change never seems to come?
They say it's all just a game of chess
But so many pawns have fallen
So many legends who would lead us...
Pieces lost, the dreamers, schemers, and leaders
Who'd make sure this did not turn out the same... this game...
Yet here we are still singing, still swaying, to our song...
Here we are still praying, and chanting, for our change to come...
John dared us to imagine, and Bobby spoke of youth,
While Nash sang of Ohio, and Carlin told the truth...
We all feel alone, a great weight for us to shoulder
Then Bernie came along and he gave us each other...
The question this is, the change we need right now-
So many screamin', hatin', debatin', the right to do what's wrong
Is this a ground swell or were they just here all along?
So many tryin', cryin', and diein', gatherin' to make Amazing Grace our Anthem Song...
Blood flowing from the Palmetto, the Lone Star, the Oranges
While our blood is falling from the small towns and jail cells, just the same as yours is...
No disrespect- We need more than hope now.
Sam said a change is gonna come,
he never said to wait a hundred years for it to get done.
No more fortunate sons, no more ragin' young guns,
No more white hoods and mobs, no more executive jobs.
No police in their chevys, going down to the levee, who didn't see a wallet son...
If you think this is the greatest, then the greatest just won't do...
It's time we looked out for each other, make or break we better come through...
Cause right now we only got one shot to get this right...
And to be honest, I'm just as scared as you... that this might be the end of the line.
But we can't be hatin', (&) debatin', those who spread their hatin' debatin' what should come...
No more leaders with great ideals who turn rotten,
no more lost innocence, downtrodden, or forgotten...
It's time to just go get'em, it's time to get the job done.
It's time to look out for your brother, tell your momma that you love her,
So put your voice in, your choice in, son.
Cause we will take to the street's, we'll sing our battle songs.
from K Street, to Wall street, the fires gonna burn...
for your street, my street, and main street to get a turn
In the discussi'n, of sufferin', of punishin' strugglin', the strife of life, liberty, and pushin' and shovin'...
Time for everyone to be able to just get along
Cause in the greatest of greatests, this sufferin' can be undone.
Let Labour organize, the rich we'll patronize, united as one.
In the name of Joe, by-god, it takes more than guns to kill a man
Cause this time we've all had enough...
Join together, let's stand up...
We're gonna get our change to come.
Together, our change is gonna come...