Why Me – Often Dedicated to the (Vietnam) Vets
The Why Me story dates back to the early ’70s. The song, also commonly known as Why Me, Lord was recorded in June 1972 and 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.
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 and rebellious and certainly not Christian in any way.
Kris, my Dad’s friend and Me
I often read my late father’s friend Francois’ posts on Facebook these days, and 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 and singing and 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 and 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, and have now posted a link below. Sometimes the best stories are told by the man who lived and wrote about them after all.
Larry Gatlin and 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 the church and resulted in the now famous hit single. You can read the article here