Sam Cooke's Song 'Blowin In The Wind'

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the mid 1950’s to early 1960’s, America was faced with the issue that African Americans were being highly discriminated against. Due to the racism in the country, the Civil Rights Movement began, which is known to have ended racial segregation. In response to this movement occurring, artists such as Sam Cooke and Bob Dylan created songs that contained issues regarding this racism and how our country was responding to it. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan clearly exemplifies issues from the Civil Rights Movement. While this song is calming and has a very steady tempo, you can feel the message he is trying to get across through the use of the lyrics. For example, Dylan states that even though America was considered a free country, people did not consider African Americans as free people or first class citizens. (1:05-1:13) Along with that, Dylan also portrays to us that …show more content…
For example, Cooke uses the personal experience in the lyrics of being a black man born in the United States. Due to the white dominance in America, he tells us that he felt like he always had to “run”. (0:15-0:30) During each chorus of the song, Cooke explains to us that all he really can hope for is the change to occur in the world that one day the whites and blacks will be equal. (1:05-1:20) When compared to “Blowin’ in the Wind”, I believe “A Change is Gonna Come” had more of an emotional impact. Right at the start of the song we were introduced with a dramatic instrumentation entrance. Continuing throughout the song we had a steady and easy tempo, but also noticed a horn continuously playing in the background. Despite both songs having references to the Civil Rights Movement, Cooke had a more well put together song with more meaningful lyrics. In my perspective, Cooke’s first hand experience with the racism helped him in creating that emotional