Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor
Kris Kristofferson loves Ireland. We know this because
- Kris enjoys his gigs in Ireland. It shows
- He donates heavily to Irish charities when he tours the Emerald Isle
- He has told us so. Many times
Kris & Sinead
Sinead made headlines & sparked international controversy in 1992 when she tore up a picture of the Pope on live television. She was protesting horrific, institutionalised child abuse & cover-up attempts made by the Catholic church in her native Ireland.
Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary concert was a highly anticipated & publicised event at Madison Square Gardens. World famous performers turned out to pay tribute to the legendary artist. Sinead O’Connor was one of them.
The huge crowd attended to honour Bob Dylan. Sinead’s appearance on Saturday Night Live just a fortnight earlier had evoked strong & divided public opinions. The sellout concert was to be recorded.
Kris Defends Sinead
Kris Kristofferson told a volatile, vocal audience,
“I’m real proud to introduce this next artist. Her name has become synonymous with courage and integrity.”
They responded with overwhelming disapproval. Sinead looked frail with her tiny frame & shaved head. Her voice was strong. She ranted through a monologue of anger …. & did it again. She was boo-ed off stage. Her performance was edited out of the cd that was later released.
It was painful to watch -- One small, young girl against a tide of abuse yelling gangs of people. Kris Kristofferson stood by Sinead, held her & led her to the safety of the wings when she was done. Kris had initially been told to get Sinead off the stage. He refused to do that, & instead told her, “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” (Like the title of one of his songs)
Kris Talks about Sinead
Kris in Sinead’s This is to Mother You
Kris Kristofferson featured in a Sinead O’Connor music video for the song, This is to Mother You.
I believe this was from 1997, as part of The Gospel Oak EP (Correct me if you know otherwise)
Kris Kristofferson & Sinead O’Connor Music video
Closer to The Bone
Kris Kristofferson wrote a song about Sinead O’Connor. It featured in his 2009 alum, Closer to the Bone.
Sister Sinead -- Lyrics (Extract)
I’m singing this song for my sister Sinead
Concerning the god-awful mess that she made
When she told them her truth just as hard as she could
Her message profoundly was misunderstood
There’s humans entrusted with guarding our gold
And humans in charge of the saving of souls
And humans responded all over the world
Condemning that bald-headed brave little girl
And maybe she’s crazy and maybe she ain’t
But so was Picasso and so were the saints
And she’s never been partial to shackles or chains
She’s too old for breaking and too young to tame
It’s askin? for trouble to stick out your neck
In terms of a target a big silhouette
But some candles flicker and some candles fade
& some burn as true my sister Sinead.
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