Song Analysis: Time Capsule

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Time Capsule It is the year 2325. Some colleagues of mine, which are also archaeologist, were called to a site because there was a unique discovery. A time capsule from the 1960’s that was buried long ago has been found. My colleagues and I have dug up the capsule. Inside the capsule, we have found five items that define the era of the 1960’s. This is going to be interesting to see what we find. The first of the five items that we discovered inside the capsule is a copy of Time Magazine which is dated October 31, 1963. For the top story in this magazine, it tells us about John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was President of the United States at that time. It also tells about his assassination by a man named Lee Harvey Oswald in…show more content…
This song was a protest song written by Cooke to support the civil rights movement, as black Americans fought for equality. After Cooke’s son drowned in a swimming pool in 1963, he started writing more introspective songs and took an interest in black history and politics. Some of his lyrics were inspired by real life situations. Cooke and some of his friends were arrested for disturbing the peace after they were denied rooms at a motel in Shreveport, Louisiana because they were black (Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke Songfacts, n.d.). In his song, A Change in Gonna Come, Sam talks about his struggles living in the 1960’s. He talks about instead of standing up and fighting for the rights of black people, he decides to run away from it. He explains how living is too hard, but he is too afraid to die. He also tells the story about trying to go to the movies but he is not allowed to because of segregation and how frustrating it is for him. He tries to talk to his brother but his brother does not want to help him because his brother just ignores what is happening in the world. He says there have been times that he thought he could not last but he thinks he can carry on. This song could be the voice of a lot of African Americans who felt the same way but did not know how to express it. Sam Cooke was known as an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur generally considered among the greatest of all time. Sam was very important to the 1960’s because he was engaged in topical issues, including the struggle over civil rights. Ultimately, Sam Cooke was shot to death while allegedly trying to attack the manager of a seedy motel. Through his lyrics, he was able to unveil his story, and shared story of blacks in America to the world. Sam had hope and optimism and you can hear it in his
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