The Soul of Sam

by John D. Evans

Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931

A star by the age of nine

Sam was a ministers son


A Cooke, with siblings, he was, indeed,

A prodigy creating songs

Through immortal eyes I see


A teenager in the 40s

Sam would sing the lead

With the nationally famous Gospel group

The Highway QCs


An incubator of Gospel music

Chi-town had become

Here, Sam was a top act

A place where other greats are from


Regardless of the song he sang

Sam would stir the soul

In 1950, Jesus gave him water

He was twenty years old


A superstar of Gospel

He challenged the status quo

He called himself Dale for a spell

But could hide no more


Lovable, considered secular

Received clapping hands

Though 25,000 copies were sold,

He was booed by Gospel fans


God sent him a song in 57

You Send Me went number one

Selling 1.7 million


In 59, he had everyone dancing

The cha-cha-cha became new again

Our hearts, Sam Cooke did win

A singer, songwriter, and lyricist I see

An entrepreneur with a wife

And a baby girl named Tracy


I can still hear the chain gang sing

Thanks to Sam

I see Cupids arrow and feel the sting


Thinking of Sam

Just twisting the night away

Smiling, enjoying life

Having a party


Thank you Sam Cooke


Rest in Peace

The Soul of Sam by John D. Evans

© Copyright 2006. All rights reserved. No portion of this work may be duplicated or copied without the expressed written consent of the author.

TimBookTu Logo

Return to the Table of Contents | Return to Main Page