Story Behind the Song: ‘Why Me Lord’ by Kris Kristofferson
The song "Why Me Lord" was written and recorded by the great Kris Kristofferson. It was a very powerful song that touched everyone to the bone.
He recorded it in 1972, and by 1973, it became the biggest of Kristofferson's career.
Kristofferson had become very well known in the early 1970s, 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 many other songs. He had a hit of his own as well, with "Loving Her Was Easier."
But the big one as a recording artist was "Why Me Lord." The song features backing vocals by soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin.
The story behind the song is even more powerful than the song itself. Nobody can tell it better than Kris himself. Here he is with that story: