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Lyr Req: Why Me, Lord? (Kris Kristofferson)

Allan C. 10 Jan 00 - 08:47 AM
Tiger 10 Jan 00 - 09:09 AM
Tiger 10 Jan 00 - 09:15 AM
Allan C. 10 Jan 00 - 09:37 AM
Genie 25 May 09 - 06:10 AM
Genie 25 May 09 - 06:23 AM
Genie 25 May 09 - 06:32 AM
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Subject: Tell me what have I done
From: Allan C.
Date: 10 Jan 00 - 08:47 AM

"tell me what have I done to deserve even one..."

Please help me to remember what song this comes from. I haven't heard it in years and have an urgent need for the lyrics. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tell me what have I done...
From: Tiger
Date: 10 Jan 00 - 09:09 AM

It's "Why Me, Lord?" by Kris Kristofferson.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tell me what have I done...
From: Tiger
Date: 10 Jan 00 - 09:15 AM

And I even have the words.

Why Me, Lord? (Kris Kristofferson)

Why me, Lord? What have I ever done
To deserve even one of the pleasures I've known?
Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving you,
And the kindness you've shown?

    Lord, heavenly Jesus, I praise Him
    So help me, Jesus, I know what I am.
    Now that I know that I needed you so,
    Help me, Jesus, my soul's in your hands.

Try me, Lord, If you think there's a way I can ever repay
All I've taken from you.
Forgive, Lord, I can show someone else
What I've been through myself,
On my way back to you.

    Lord, heavenly Jesus, I praise Him,
    So help me Jesus I know what I am, Oh yes!
    Now that I know that I needed you so
    Help me, Jesus, my soul's in your hands.
    Jesus, my soul's in your hands.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tell me what have I done...
From: Allan C.
Date: 10 Jan 00 - 09:37 AM

Tiger, you're a saint. I have a friend who wanted to sing this for a funeral - so time was of the essence. Thank you so much for your quick response!


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY ME, LORD? (Kris Kristofferson)
From: Genie
Date: 25 May 09 - 06:10 AM

It seems we have another mondegreen here. Either that or the lyrics Tiger posted are a revision that someone else has done.

The lyric is "Lord, help me, Jesus, I've wasted it" not "Lord, heavenly Jesus, I praise Him ... ."

Here are Kris Kristofferson's original lyrics:


WHY ME, LORD?
(Kris Kristofferson)

Why me, Lord? What have I ever done
To deserve even one of the pleasures I've known?
Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do to deserve loving you,
And the kindness you've shown?

Lord, help me, Jesus, I've wasted it,
So help me, Jesus, I know what I am.
Now that I know that I've I needed you, so
Help me, Jesus, my soul's in your hands.

Try me, Lord, If you think there's a way
I can start to repay
For all I've taken from you.
Maybe, Lord, I can show someone else
What I've been through myself
On my way back to you.

Lord, help me, Jesus, I've wasted it,
So help me, Jesus, I know what I am.
Now that I know that I've I needed you, so
Help me, Jesus, my soul's in your hands.


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Subject: Why Me, Lord? (Kris Kristofferson) - YouTube
From: Genie
Date: 25 May 09 - 06:23 AM

Here's a YOUTUBE of Kris singing this song in concert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKkWGU-4qIY


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Subject: Lyr Req: Why Me? (Kris Kristofferson)
From: Genie
Date: 25 May 09 - 06:32 AM

Note on the lyrics:
Kris himself modifies the lyrics slightly from one recording or performance to another.
In the YouTube I just posted, he sings the second verse this way:

Try me, Lord, if you think there's a way
I can try to repay all I've taken from you.
Maybe, Lord, I can show someone else
What I go through myself
On my way back to you.


The second part of the first verse should also be:

"Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do
That was worth loving you
And the kindness you've shown.

That's the only way I've ever heard him sing that line, and I'm pretty sure it's the original lyric (not "... to deserve loving you ...").   I just didn't notice that mistake when I posted the full lyrics above.

Genie


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