Why Me – the story


Why Me – Often Dedicated to the (Vietnam) Vets

The Why Me story dates back to the early 70’s. The song, also commonly known as Why Me, Lord was recorded in June, 1972, & certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America after selling over a million units. It appeared on the album, Jesus was a Capricorn. The album cover features a photograph of Kris with Rita Coolidge. 

A Personal Note

This song has come to hold a special place in many hearts over the years.

  • Cathy Alonzo tells us that she discovered Kris’ music through her mother. She says,

“We use to sit on the back porch and play his albums over and over. She (her mother) had Alzheimer’s and would love to just hear him again and again. I found myself wanting the same. My mom was a local musician and ..”  Why Me is Cathy’s favourite song.

Me?

It seemed a little out-of-place on the album when I first listened to it, I mean the rest of the first Kris album I ever heard was rough & rebellious & certainly not Christian in any way.

Kris, my Dad’s friend & Me

I often read my late father’s friend Francois’ posts on Facebook these days, & with him being a man of God, they are often Christian in nature.  Years ago, when I was a child, I remember him strumming his guitar & singing & naturally Kristofferson’s songs made it into the mix.  He might have been part of the reason that I am so appreciative of Kris’ work, both then & now.

The Why Me Story – Kris Kristofferson Talks Spiritual

In answer to a post, he asked me if I ever saw the interview where Kris discusses the story of Why Me.  I hadn’t, & have now posted a link below.  Sometimes the best stories are told by the man who lived & wrote about them after all.

 

Update:

Larry Gatlin & Kris Kristofferson

Larry Gatlin’s song, Help Me has been recorded by some famous people – They don’t get bigger than Elvis Presley!  A recent article talks about Larry Gatlin’s view about Kris’ journey that started in church & resulted in the now famous hit single. You can read the article here

 

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