“Why Me” is a gospel song written by Kris Kristofferson. He first recorded it in 1972 together with Rita Coolidge and Larry Gatlin. Kristofferson’s song reached number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart. In addition, it also entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number sixteen. Kristofferson’s single sold half a million copies. Therefore, his single was Gold-certified by RIAA.
The song came to life when Kris attended a church service by Jimmie Snow. His attendance in that service changed everything in Kris’ life. It was in that service where he met Jesus, and he came to write his famous and hit song “Why Me.”
“Why Me” is sometimes known as “Why Me Lord.” One of the artists who recorded Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” as “Why Me Lord” was Elvis Presley.
Jones recorded “Why Me” in 1974 as part of his gospel album In A Gospel Way. His album was able to secure a spot on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart in the same year. It reached number forty-two to be exact. Moreover, Jones worked with his producer Billy Sherrill to produce this album. In his album, Jones only wrote one single, “In A Gospel Way,” together with Earl Montgomery. Also included on his album was the traditional gospel song “Amazing Grace.” Jones did not have any single on this album to enter the Billboard chart.
The song became a hit because people can relate to the words in the song. It talks about a man thinking he does not deserve all of God’s blessings. He believes he is unworthy of all of it. But, God He knows we are worth everything.
“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
Or the kindness you've shown.”