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Lyr Add: Help Me Make It through the Night+parody

Jim Dixon 08 Oct 11 - 08:51 AM
Jim Dixon 08 Oct 11 - 08:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 08:51 AM

[There is a version of this in the Digital Tradition, but it differs in several places from what Kristofferson sang. I made the following transcription myself, from a recording on Spotify from "16 Biggest Hits" (2007) and I have boldfaced the differences.]

HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
Written by Kris Kristofferson
As sung by Kris Kristofferson, 1970

Take the ribbon from your hair.
Shake it loose and let it fall,
Layin' soft upon my skin
Like the shadows on the wall.

Come and lay down by my side
Till the early mornin' light.
All I'm takin' is your time.
Help me make it through the night.

I don't care who's right or wrong.
I don't try to understand.
Let the devil take tomorrow.
Lord, tonight I need a friend.

Yesterday is dead and gone,
And tomorrow's out of sight,
And it's sad to be alone.
Help me make it through the night.

Hmmmm . . .
Hmmmm . . .
Lord, it's sad to be alone.
Help me make it through the night.

REPEAT LAST VERSE AND FADE.

[Recorded by practically everyone in country music. The versions by Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson charted in 1971 and 1980, respectively.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE DIDN'T MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT (H&J)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 08:54 AM

My transcription from a recording found at WFMU. (Click for an MP3.)


WE DIDN'T MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT
As sung by Homer & Jethro

I remember my honeymoon.
I was scared my weddin' night.
I bought a marriage manual
To help me make it through the night.

That night I went to our hotel,
My faithful book right by my side.
Then I noticed somethin' wrong.
I forgot to bring my bride.

Hear'd her knockin' on my door,
I got up an' let 'er in,
There she was, my blushin' bride,
Those eyes, those lips, those chins!

I took a look into my book
And my heart begin to bleed.
There weren't no pictures anywher',
And I didn't know how to read.

I didn't know just what to do.
I was nervous and uptight.
So I put my pants to bed,
And I hung over a chair all night.

When I woke up with the dawn,
My poor body stiff an' sore,
An' the first thing that I did
Was throw that dang book out the door.

I went an' laid down by her side,
An' ever'thing turned out OK.
We didn't make it through the night.
We'll try to make it through the day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Help Me Make It through the Night+parody
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 09:00 AM

The Joy of Sex was published in 1972 and was wildly popular. I don't have a date for H&J's recording, but it seems likely that this book inspired it.


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