June 8

Merle Haggard Takes On Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me, Lord”

It would definitely be an amazing and perfect time if a great singer performs a classic piece of a great songwriter. Most of the time, this happens in the country music industry. One of the best examples of this is Merle Haggard singing Kris Kristofferson‘s all-time favorite gospel hymn.

Merle Haggard Takes On Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me, Lord" 1
Kris Kristofferson. Photo Credits: closerweekly.com

While many consider both artists as great singers, no one can deny the fact that even these legends are taken into a lot of comparisons. In fact, other fans consider Kris Kristofferson as their favorite songwriter of all-time while Merle Haggard as their best singer bet. Well, everyone is right about the two legends. They have proven their spot in the industry through their God-given talents.

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Merle Haggard. Photo Credits: merlehaggard.com

In this article, we’ll remember when Haggard rendered his own version of Kristofferson’s “Why Me, Lord“. The said hymn is one of the most popular gospel songs that might probably be one of the most recorded as well. Behind this moving song is a powerful message of God’s grace. The lyrics are perfectly penned that it effectively tugs at anyone’s heartstrings.

Why Me, Lord” was a massive hit for Kristofferson along with other notable songs For the Good Times, Me and Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down, and Help Me Make It Through the Night. The song helped him boost his career in the 1970’s. To note, Kristofferson came up with the song after having attended a religious service. He was humbled by what he has witnessed that it was like more of a heart-changing song for him.

On the other hand, Haggard delivers a soulful cover which is quite distinct from the original version as rendered by Kristofferson. His voice is soothing and relaxing to the ear. Each draw of every line is just right, as right as the melody contained in the beautiful tune.

Listen to the great Merle Haggard’s version of Kris Kristofferson’s classic gospel song, “Why Me, Lord” below:

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