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September 27

Conway Twitty Singing “Why Me Lord” will Hit your Soul Hard

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It has been established that Conway Twitty is a legendary country singer that had proven how having a voice like that could touch people’s heart. When Conway Twitty asked God a question that has been asked by many people, the result was a pack of crying audience because of that live performance of ‘Why Me’ A gospel song that dares to ask the creator above why of all the people and terrible humans out there, why punish someone who follows him.

Why Me, Conway Twitty, Kris Kristofferson

According to country music historian Bill Malone, Kristofferson wrote the song during an emotionally low period of his life after having attended a religious service conducted by the Rev. Jimmie Rogers Snow. Malone wrote, “‘Why Me, Lord'” – as the song is sometimes known – “may seem greatly out of character for Kristofferson, but it can be interpreted as his own personal religious rephrasing of ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down.’

In this case, he is ‘coming down’ not from drugs, but from the whole hedonistic euphoria of the (1960s).” Malone also described Kristofferson’s gruff vocal styling as “perfect” for the song, since “he sounds like a man who has lived a lot but is now humbling himself before God.”

In 1994, Conway Twitty recorded a version of this song on his album, The Conway Twitty collection. Believe it or not, Elvis Presley incorporated the song, titled as “Why Me Lord”, into his live shows beginning in January 1974 up until his last concert tour. It was first released on the live album, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis in June 1974.

Watch the unbelievable performance here:

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Why Me Lord lyrics

Why me Lord, what have I ever done
To deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known
Tell me Lord, what did I ever do that was worth
Loving you and the kindness you’ve shown.

Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it
So help me Jesus, I know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve need you so
Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

Tell me Lord, if you think there’s a way
I can try to repay All I’ve taken from you
Maybe Lord, I can show someone else
What I’ve been through myself on my way back to you.

Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve need you so
Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve need you so
Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

My soul’s in your hand…


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