Kris Kristofferson said Janis Joplin dreamed pretty dreams. I think that’s beautiful. He also claimed that Jesus was a Capricorn. I don’t know about that, but I know that “Why Me” was sung in honky-tonks’ on Saturday nights and churches on Sunday mornings. That’s genius.
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.
I don’t think Kris gets enough credit. Rhodes Scholar with a masters in English Literature from Oxford. Golden Gloves boxer, Airborne Ranger, and Army helicopter pilot for crying out loud.
He’s legitimately the World’s Most Interesting Man, with a beautiful mind to boot – a genuine renaissance man.
How about composing “Bobby McGee” for Janis or “Sunday Morning Coming Down”” for Cash? Or, a stable of my childhood favorites. Anyone born by 1970 has heard…
Take the ribbon from your hair
Shake it loose and let it fall
Layin’ soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall
“Help Me Make it Through the Night” – mega hit for Ms. Sammi Smith. Yes, written by Kris.
Dare I mention, “For the Good Times?”
Lay your head upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body
Close to mine
…was considered to raw for its time, yet, Ray Price won song and album of the year with it. Just a warm up. It was also recorded by Elvis, Dolly, Sinatra, Como, Martin, Atkins, eleven others, and Michael sang it to his mother on her birthday – yes Jackson. After that, and “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” Kris said, “I never had to work again.”
We have not even discussed him playing opposite Barbara Streisand in “A Star is Born,” much less
his epic role slaying vampires in the Blade movies. Kristofferson is 82. I’m a huge fan and hope that you are too.
Sitting in a tree just a looking for a deer
Mind began to
wander and then began to veer.
Not thinkin’ ‘bout a thing
Yet I begin to sing.
In the park I saw a daddy, with a laughing little girl who he was swingin’
And I stopped beside a Sunday School and listened to the song that they were singin’
Then I headed back for home and somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin’
And it echoed through the canyons like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.
MAGA – Kristofferson in 2020 for Worlds Most Intereting Man.