Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke in 1963

Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931December 11, 1964), better known under the stage name Sam Cooke, was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music.

Song lyrics



  • Folks say that you've
    Found someone new
    To do the things I used to do for you.
    Just call my name,
    I'm not ashamed,
    I'll come running back to you.

    Can't sleep at night,
    I can't eat a bite.
    When you were mine I didn't treat you right.
    Just call my name,
    I know, I know I'm not ashamed.
    I'll come running back to you.

  • All day long they work so hard
    Till the sun is goin' down.
    Working on the highways and byways
    And wearing, wearing a frown.
    You hear them moanin' their lives away.
    Then you hear somebody say:

    "That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang.
    That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang."

  • Cupid draw back your bow
    And let your arrow go
    Straight to my lover's heart for me
    For me...
    Cupid please hear my cry
    And let your arrow fly
    Straight to my lover's heart for me.
  • Let me tell you 'bout a place
    Somewhere up a New York way,
    Where the people are so gay,
    Twistin' the night away...

    Here they have a lot of fun,
    Puttin' trouble on the run.
    Man, you find the old and young,
    Twistin' the night away.

    They're twistin', twistin'
    Everybody's feelin' great.
    They're twistin', twistin'
    They're twistin' the night away.

  • If you ever change your mind
    About leaving, leaving me behind
    Baby, bring it to me, bring your sweet lovin'
    Bring it on home to me
    Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah).

Sam Cooke (1957)

  • At first I thought it was infatuation
    But woo, it's lasted so long.
    Now I find myself wanting
    To marry you and take you home.

    You, you, you, you send me
    I know you send me
    I know you send me
    Honest you do.

  • It's summertime and the living is easy
    Fish are jumping and the cotton is high
    Your daddy's rich and your mama's good-looking
    Hush, little baby don't you cry.
    • Summertime

The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke (1960)

  • Don't know much about history,
    Don't know much Biology.
    Don't know much about a science book,
    Don't know much about the French I took.
    But I do know that I love you,
    And I know that if you love me, too,
    What a wonderful world this would be.
  • Oh my baby's coming home tomorrow
    Ain't that good news, man, ain't that news?
    Baby's coming home tomorrow
    Ain't that news, man, ain't that news?
  • Yeah, come on & let the good times roll
    We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls.
    If it take all night long.
  • Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody,
    I have some money 'cause I just got paid.
    How I wish I had someone to talk to,
    I'm in an awful way.
  • I was born by the river
    In a little tent.
    And just like the river,
    I've been running ever since.

    It's been a long, long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come.
    Oh, yes it is.

Sam Cooke at the Copa (1964)

  • The moon belongs to everyone
    The best things in life they're free
    Stars belong to everyone
    They cling there for you and for me.
    • The Best Things in Life Are Free
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