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. 

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.



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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