Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Staple Singers - I Know I Been Changed (sound file & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents a sound file & lyrics for the song "I Know I've Been Changed" as sung by The Staple Singers. Information about The Staple Singers is also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, religious, and aesthetic purposes.

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"The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group. Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914–2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (b. 1934), Pervis (b. 1935), Yvonne (b. 1936), and Mavis (b. 1939). They are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There", "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", and "Let's Do It Again"...

In 1999, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Mavis Staples has continued to carry on the family tradition and continues to add her vocal talents to both the projects of other artists and her own solo ventures."

The Staple Singers - I Know I've Been Changed

verosartis, Uploaded on Nov 13, 2008

cut from Great Day LP

(as sung by The Staple Singers)

Chorus: 2x
I, know I've been changed.
I, know I've been changed.
I, know I've been changed.
The angels in Heaven done signed my name.
The angels in Heaven done signed my name.

Verse #1
I know I got religion.
Lord knows I’m not ashamed.
The Holy Ghost is my witness.
You know the angels done signed my name.

Chorus (1x)

Verse #2
I know I been converted.
Lord knows I been redeemed.
You can wake me up in the midnight’s hour
And I’ll tell you just what I seen.

Chorus (1x)
This is a basic transcription by Azizi Powell (without any interjections). Corrections & additions are welcome.

After transcribing this sound file, I found very similar lyrics of this rendition of The Staple Singers' "I Know I've Been Changed"
"I Know I've Been Changed" is a very well known Gospel song among African Americans. This song has been recorded by a number of Gospel vocalists & choirs. "I Know I've Been Changed" has also been adapted & sung (usually during probate*) by some historically Black Greek lettered sororities & fraternities. Click for a beautiful rendition of "I Know I Been Changed" as sung by members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (at .19 - 1.20)

*probate (noun) - a program in which new members of a specific sorority or fraternity are first introduced to other members of that Greek lettered organization and to the public.

Thanks to The Staple Singers for their musical legacy. My thanks to the composer of this song & the musicians who performed on this featured song. Thanks also to the author of the Wikipedia article which is quoted in this post and the uploader of this featured sound file.

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