Cooke, Sam: Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Sheet Music Download
Cooke, Sam: Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Sheet Music Download
Cooke, Sam: Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Sheet Music Download

Cooke, Sam: Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen - Sheet Music Download

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Short Description: The sheet music is an arrangement of "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" in the interpretation of Sam Cooke, containing piano & vocal (note-for-note), incl. lyrics and chord symbols. Arranged very close to the original recording.

Licensed Territory: worldwide

Instrumentation: Piano & Vocal

Interpreter: Sam Cooke

Music an words by: trad.

Level: 3 (of 5)

Pages: 7

Order No. 101-205-8005d

Guarantee: yes

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The score of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen in the interpretation of Sam Cooke is an arrangement of the piano that imitates the band: The basic pattern of the right hand is based on the guitar of the original recording, the left hand on the double bass. Starting from the bridge, on the original recording a piano plays, too, which is integrated into the arrangement - in combination with the original guitar pattern. The vocals are transcribed note-for-note. Of course, the score also includes the chord symbols, with which the piece can also be accompanied, for example, with a guitar.

Sam Cooke (* 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, † 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is considered one of the fathers of soul. His best-known pieces today are Wonderful World and A Change Is Gonna Come. Sam Cooke is the composer of most of his tunes. Although he had some commercial success during his lifetime, he only became world famous after his death, including in the 80s through the Levi's jeans advertisement that used Wonderful World. Sam Cooke was murdered under circumstances that have not yet been clarified.

The spiritual Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen seems to be the most touching lament of the slavery in the US. The authors are not known. The first score was written by the singer Harry Thaker Burleigh, a scholar of Dvořák. There are a lot of other interpretations, e.g. of Louis Armstrong (you can purchase it here) Mahalia Jackson, Golden Gate Quartet, Jimmy Witherspoon or Johnny Cash. And many musicians of Modern Jazz have interpreted it, e.g. Dizzie Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Alber Ayler, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden etc.


We can transpose the score for you. This is how it works:

1. Order it in the original version.

2. Order our article Transposition A.

3. Send an informal email to (subject: “Transposition”). In the text of the email please indicate the title of the original as well as the key desired.

You’ll receive the transposition within a couple of days as a pdf-file you can open using your password for the original version.