May 1

Country Artists Who Once Asked the Question, “WHY ME LORD?”

Country Artists Who Once Asked the Question, "WHY ME LORD?" 1
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Dear God, I know that I’m not perfect, I know sometimes I forget to pray.  I know I have questioned my faith, I know sometimes I lose my temper but thank you for loving me unconditionally and giving me another day to start over again.  Amen.

A prayer like this one was probably in the mind and heart and on the lips of Kris Kristofferson in 1972 when he wrote the lyrics and music for the song ‘Why Me Lord.’ 

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

Kristofferson had become the toast of Nashville in the early 1970’s with the massive success of compositions including, For the Good Times, Me and Bobby McGee, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Help Me Make it Through the Night and Loving Her is Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again. Yet, he was at an emotionally low period in his life.  After attending a religious service, he wrote Why Me Lord.

Why Me Lord

“Why Me Lord” was Kristofferson’s lone major country hit as a solo recording artist, reaching No. 1 on the charts in July 1973.  The song had one of the longer runs (19 weeks) in the top 40 and a lengthy run on the Hot 100 list.  It was certified gold for sales of one million units.  And most importantly, it brought Jesus Christ back into the heart and soul of Kristofferson.

Interestingly, a lot of country artists seemed to have been encouraged by the song. The various covers of the song are evident to its powerful effect. Here, we have listed some of the noteworthy covers of Why Me Lord.Why me LORD? what have I ever done…to deserve even one, Of the blessings I’ve known.

  1. Gaither Vocals

  1. KRISTOFFERSON leads the singing of “WHY ME LORD” with fellow country stars.  Click here to read the article.

  1. Conway Twitty. Click here to read the article. 

  1. Merle Haggard

  1. Travis Tritt on George Jones Memorial

  1. Johnny Cash

  1. Elvis Presley

Which cover of “Why Me Lord” moved you? Share us your thoughts. 

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