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111: Kris Kristofferson

This live performance in 1972 by Kris Kristofferson of his song "Loving Her Was Easier" is breathtaking. Check it out:

Here are the lyrics:

"Loving Her was Easier"

I've seen the morning burning golden on the mountains in the skies Aching with the feeling of the freedom of an eagle when she flies Turning on the world the way she smiles upon my soul as I lay dying Healing with the colors of the sunshine and the shadow of her eyes

Waking in the morning to the feeling of her fingers on my skin Wiping out the traces of the people and the places that I've been Teaching me that yesterday was Something that I never thought of trying Talking about tomorrow and the money love and time we'd have to spend Loving her was easier than anything I'll ever do again Coming close together with a feeling That I've never know before, in my time She ain't afraid to be a woman or afraid to be a friend I don't know the answer to the easy Way she opens every door in my mind Dreaming was as easy as believing it was never gonna end Loving her was easier than anything I'll ever do again

Loving her was easier than anything I'll ever do again

As noted in Wikipedia:

Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night."

In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup the Highwaymen, and formed a key creative force in the outlaw country music movement that eschewed the Nashville music machine in favor of independent songwriting and producing.

In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

As it happens, Kristofferson attended Pomona College, graduating summa cum laude in literature in 1958. He earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. While at Oxford, he began writing songs.

Kristofferson, under pressure from his family, joined the U.S. Army, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and attained the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He also completed Ranger School. During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division.

After leaving the army in 1965, Kristofferson moved to Nashville and set his sights on being a singer-songwriter. He worked at a variety of odd jobs - including sweeping floors at Columbia Recording Studios - while struggling for success in the music business. He eventually made it.

Fascinating life's journey to this moment in time in 1972 for Kris Kristofferson.

Not too many people pursue their passion like Kristofferson has done. I think it was Lou Reed who once said, "Most people go along until they find something, and then they stick with it. You know what that's called? Bad luck."

There is real poetry in these lyrics. Do yourself a favor and watch - and listen - again to this masterpiece.


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