Seal modernizes the song as follows:
Sam Cooke thought upon hearing Bob Dylan‘s “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1963, Cooke was greatly moved that such a poignant song about racism in America could come from someone who was not black. While on tour in May 1963, and after speaking with sit-in demonstrators in Durham, North Carolina following a concert, Cooke returned to his tour bus and wrote the first draft of what would become “A Change Is Gonna Come”. The song also reflected much of Cooke’s own inner turmoil.
Known for his polished image and light-hearted songs such as “You Send Me” and “Twistin’ the Night Away“, he had long felt the need to address the situation of discrimination and racism in The United States of America. However, his image and fears of losing his largely white fan base prevented him from doing so.