One of the most loved and admired country music artists of all-time is the great Kris Kristofferson. He is certainly a living legend whose influence in country music is invariably massive. His hits are mostly covered and given a version. One of the original Highwaymen (the others are Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnn Cash), he and Willie Nelson still continue the legacy of the Outlaw Movement.
His legacy is his songs. Songs that cemented Kristofferson’s spot in country music and as a legend. With this, we serve you 5 of the many great songs of Kristofferson. Here are 5 songs (not in a particular order) that proved his love for country music.
1. “Why Me, Lord”
This is the most popular country gospel song of Kristofferson. The song is very personal to him as it he thought that he didn’t need any help from other people but he was wrong. After attending church on one Sunday, he was struck from the question of the pastor, “Is anybody feeling lost?”, and “Are you ready to accept Christ? Kneel down there.” This shook Kristofferson up. Later, he said, “It was just a personal thing I was going through at the time. I had some kind of experience that I can’t even explain.” This was the beginning why he wrote this beautiful hymn.
2. “Help Me Make It Through the Night”
This million-selling and the award-winning song is considered one of the most sexual songs of its time which earned singer Sammi Smith his Grammy. In the video below, Kristofferson sings with his ex-wife Rita Coolidge.
3. “When I Loved Her”
One of Kristofferson’s emotional composition, this song was later recorded by Ray Price and gave him a chart-topper. Although different in vocal style, both artists etched two distinct recordings that were deeply favored by fans.
4. “The Silver Tongued Devil And I”
This 1971 song takes place in a bar with a man trying to pick up a woman and watching her waltz off in the arms of someone else. But, he surmises that the two are not that different in their personalities. The mystery of the song is whether he’s sorry or not for his actions. (Billboard)
5. “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)”
Another 1971 hit, this song was made more popular by Tompall and the Glaser Brothers ten years after its release.
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