There's an old friend
That I once heard say
Something that touched my heart
And it began this way
I was born by the river
In a little tent
And just like the river
I've been runnin' ever since
He said it's been a long time comin'
But I know my change is gonna come, oh yeah
He said it's been too hard livin'
But I'm afraid to die
I might not be if I knew what was up there
Beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time comin'
But I know my change has got to come, oh yeah