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The Narrow Path

The narrow path can be hard to find, especially for naturally curious explorers and samplers of life. Creative seekers and tellers lay their own stepping stones and follow their own arrows.

Chris Gantry is a songwriting legend, author, guru and so much more to so many. His friendship with Kris Kristofferson goes back a long, long way – to a time and place when a handful of fiercely individualistic artists wrote their own songs, and told their own truth.

Times change, styles change – Truth doesn’t. Songwriting seems to come as natural to breathing to Chris. He wrote this gem this morning.

About … The Narrow Path

The Song I wrote about Kris Kristofferson in the wee hours this morning, The Narrow Path, is what we’re all on. The Narrow Path is the one we know we should be spreading our god given gifts upon. Don’t matter if your a zillionaire or a door to door salesmen selling Vacuum Cleaners – if you got something ,.Give it!

Chris Gantry
Chris Gantry perorming The Narrow Path

The Narrow Path – Lyrics

HE BAFFLED THE WITTY, CONFOUNDED THE POWERS
TO BE WHO SWORE HE WOULD NEVER SUCCEED
WITH A SONG AND GUITAR HE MADE TRUE BELIEVERS
OUT OF THOSE WHO HAD NOTHIN MUCH THAT THEY BELIEVED

WISDOM GETS INTO THE BONES OF THE NEEDY
WANTIN’ SOMETHING THEY REACH FOR BUT NEVER ATTAIN
IT TOOK ONE LONESOME SINGER TO BUY THEM THEIR TICKET
TO A GOLD MINE OF FREEDOMS THEY COULD STAKE THEIR CLAIM.

***CHORUS***

THE NARROW PATH OPENS
TO A HIGHWAY THATS WIDE
WHEN YOU MAKE ROOM FOR ANGELS
KICKING DEVILS ASIDE
HIS DEMONS WERE MANY
HE BEAT WITH HIS SONG
I THINK HIS NAME IS KRIS
BUT THEN I COULD BE WRONG
.

WE GET UP EACH DAY AMAZED WE’RE STILL BREATHING/
FOR TAKING THOSE BREATHS THERE’S DUES WE MUST PAY
LIKE THAT SINGER WHO LEAVES THOSE GREAT SONGS ON YOUR DOORSTEP
LEAVE SOMETHING ON SOMEBODY ELSE’S TODAY.

***REPEAT CHORUS***

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CASEY’S LAST RIDE

By Ilene Armstrong – Ontario

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Ilene on Kris’ Iconic Song

I JUST POSTED CASEY’S LAST RIDE, AND AS I LISTENED TO THIS SONG, I REALIZED THAT THIS IS THE SONG THAT MADE ME TAKE NOTICE OF THIS MAN THAT I’D NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE

I HEARD OTHERS SING FOR THE GOOD TIMES, SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN AND BOBBY MCGEE BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHO WROTE THEM.


I WAS DRAWN TO LISTEN TO THAT SONG AND PLAYED IT NUMEROUS TIMES.


THE WORDS AND ALL THOSE METAPHORS – I REALISED WHOEVER WROTE THAT SONG WAS A GENUIS. THEN, I LEARNED IT WAS KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, AND I WAS HOOKED AND NOW LISTEN TO EVERY WORD HE SINGS AND WRITES.


KRIS IS A GIFT TO ME. I TREASURE HIS SONGS. THEY ARE SPECIAL. I’VE NEVER HEARD SONGS LIKE HE WRITES. GENIUS.

GENUIS AND EASY TO LOOK AT.


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON DOES HAVE IT ALL.

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Additional Comments

Casey’s last ride is interpreted different at all stages of our lives. Think.of it: The passionate love that can never last a lifetime that comes before marriage, after a divorce, entering middle age and during seniorhood. This song is profound. I would say one of the most brilliant analogies ever – Lita Gidge Macasieb Wilcox

Once I heard “Help me make it through the Night “…. I was hooked from then on. His voice is mesmerizing, & he himself oozes charisma. Even as he ages (gracefully), he still has that certain charm that endears him to everyone. No one sings the songs he writes like The Man Himself – Joy Robins

His songs are stories. Anyone can sing them. He is the only one that can bring you into the story with him by way of his perfectly, purposeful lyrical nuances. – Amy Baldwin West

No hate, I thought the song was about a dog, until he drank a pint of bitters 🙂 – Patricia Sherwood Chance

Carson Annett Adds …

Always considered Casey, Duvalier and Darby (my nicknames), as 3 of his strongest lyrics, with Jody and Silver Tongued Devil honourably mentioned in the same breath – Then again, I can start a new list with almost ANY of his tunes ….. I have nicknames for every song by the way – Bobby, Pilgrim, Girl, Nowhere, Easy Lovin’, Jesse, Billy……on and on

Tom Ghent – the Final Word

Final word must go to Tom. “To me this song has always been such a sweet tragedy, written in the style of an old Anglican ballad. Love it….a real gem.”

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Casey’s Last Ride – Lyrics

Casey joins the hollow sound of silent people walking down
The stairway to the subway in the shadows down below;
Following their footsteps through the neon-darkened corridors
Of silent desperation, never speakin’ to a soul.
The poison air he’s breathin’ has the dirty smell of dying
‘Cause it’s never seen the sunshine and it’s never felt the rain.
But Casey minds the arrows and ignores the fatal echoes
Of the clickin’ of the turnstiles and the rattle of his chains.

“Oh!” she said. “Casey it’s been so long since I’ve seen you!”
“Here,” she said, “just a kiss to make a body smile. See …,” she said. “I’ve put on new stockings just to please you. Lord…,” she said. “Casey, can you only stay a while?”

Casey leaves the under-ground and stops inside the Golden Crown
For something wet to wipe away the chill that’s on his bone.
Seeing his reflection in the lives of all the lonely men
Who reach for any thing they can to keep from goin’ home.
Standin’ in the corner Casey drinks his pint of bitter
Never glancing in the mirror at the people passing by
Then he stumbles as he’s leaving, and he wonders if the reason
Is the beer that’s in his belly, or the tear that’s in his eye.

“Oh!” she said. “I suppose you seldom think about me.
“Now…,” she said, “now that you’ve a fam’ly of your own.
“Still…,” she said, “it’s so blessed good to feel your body –

‘Lord…,” she said. “Casey, it’s a shame to be alone.”

Kathy McGovern shared this version of the song with our Fan Group – Willie joins Kris

Song is one of my top five favorites. Nice to see and hear Willie join Kris. Wonderful harmony.

Rita Dudley Gren

Image is courtesy State Library Queensland

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Sweet Temptation

Sweet Temptation – Many Kristofferson fans might have never heard it. Anita watched a performance on YouTube and got Fans chatting about it in our Facebook Fan Group. The song is not well known, so these extracts might help others.

The Question

I have a question, after listening to Kris and Lorrie Morgan sing “Sweet Temptation”. I really like that song, and so far as I am aware, Kris has never recorded it. Does anyone know otherwise? I can’t even find the lyrics anywhere, so I don’t know if he ever published it either. There are other songs of the same name, but I can’t find any lyrics for this version. I tried transcribing it from this performance, but it’s difficult, especially when Lorrie sings, because she holds the microphone so close to her mouth. Since Kris is playing the guitar, he is farther from the mic and you can do a better job of catching the lyrics. Let me know if any of you have encountered any information about this sexy little song?

Anita Lay

The Performance

Jackie Boyle found the video that started the discussion. Kris Kristofferson and Lorrie Morgan performing Sweet Temptation

Kris Kristofferson and Lorrie Morgan – Sweet Temptation

Sweet Temptation – Song Lyrics

Hello, sweet temptation, you are such an old surprise
We’ve got all the feelin’s down by heart
Thank you for the welcome shot of welcome in your eyes
Let me tell the truth before we start.

Don’t you go no closer to the hunger in my heart
You know the danger if you do
Love is wild enough to tear the universe apart
I ain’t gonna take that chance with you.

“Cause I love my woman now, and I love my kids
I believe in tryin’ to be true
So I don’t fool around no more, sweetheart, but if I did
I’d sure like to fool around with you.

Hey, you old coyote, you don’t look so bad to me
I ain’t scared of anything you do
It just tears me up inside to know for just a while
I could even make believe in you.

But I love my woman now, and I love my kids
I believe in tryin’ to be true
So I don’t fool around no more, sweetheart, but if I did
I’d sure like to fool around with you.


Hello sweet temptation, you are such an old surprise.

The Experts

Kris’ fans are loyal and dedicated – They are also experts. Individually, every fan has a favourite something – song, era, performance, lyric, venue or topic. Collectively, they know everything I have ever asked or wondered about Kris Kristofferson – Though they might not always tell 🙂

The Discussion

I remember hearing this one, a favorite for sure, at several concerts, but not sure if it was ever released on any album. On Lori’s verses, she sings: “Hey, you old coyote, you don’t look so bad to me, I ain’t scared of anything you do. It just tears me up inside to know for just a while, I could even make believe in you.”

Emily Gmitter

I don’t think it was ever recorded. I had a copy of it on a cassette from a recording at a concert many years ago and thought that was the only record of it I was delighted to see the video. There were a couple more on there I’ve never heard since I think one was called Paper Heart.

Brigit Freeman

I think Paper Heart may have been sung by Elvis in the movie GI Blues. Not positive though

Laura Nickerson Papineau

I don’t remember Kris associated in any way with Paper Heart….now I’ll be tearing my brain up trying to recall any song with a reference to “paper heart”….maybe it was in the song, and Brigit just thought that was the title. But my brain keeps coming up empty.

Emily

With Mickey Raphael on harmonica …..

Victoria Gensheimer Doula

Mickey Raphael is not the only familiar face among the musicians. There are several musicians who appeared in Don Was’s documentary on the Highwaymen when they did their final album “The Road Goes On Forever” — the drummer, one of the guitarists, and Don Was is there, too. I recognize his hair and his hat. I’m not sure why they seemed to be the house band for this show, but they were.

Anita Lay

The Film – Paper / Cheating Hearts

Emily found the song on Tina Stapelfeldt’s channel, with the note, “The song is with the end credits to the movie “Paper Hearts” aka “Cheating Hearts” (1993)”

Kris Kristofferson plays a very small part in this film, most of the clips where he does appear are in the video.

The film was released under two names, Paper Hearts and Cheating Hearts – Adding to the confusion. Emily is going to watch the DVD and might tell us more later. We were all very pleased to hear that Kris Kristofferson does not die in this film, and we added it to our list.

In Summary

No known audio recording of the Kris Kristofferson song Sweet Temptation has been published or released. The song was performed on stage and filmed at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for The American Music Shop telecast, which aired on The Nashville Network early 1990s. The lyrics have now been transcribed and checked by Kris’ fans. If you have anything to add, please leave us a comment.

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“Sour Grapes”

Nowadays, there are accolades and acclaim when children excel in the arts. Parents beam with pride, teachers and trainers line up to tell us how it happened on national tv. It wasn’t always like that.

Truth be told – there is a long tradition of children and young people writing and performing their music without any fuss at all. Kris Kristofferson wrote his first song, I Hate Your Ugly Face when he was eleven. I don’t know when Tom Ghent wrote his first song, but this one from his teens, Sour Grapes, has everything that I love in a tune. From the mouths of babes, huh?

Listen Up

Where’d THAT Come From?

Best to let the artist tell it himself.

I wrote this song when I was 15… It falls somewhere between an anti-love song, and a protest song…. I really don’t know why, but by the mid-60s a whole bunch of folk singers had this as part of their “sing-along” repertoire….My late great friend, Hamilton Camp, is singing along with me on this cut, and Mama Cass put it out on 2 of her LPs in the early 70s….. Go figure !!!

Tom Ghent

Lyrics

When no more raindrops can fall from the sky,
All the mighty oceans have gone and are dry,
And the summer sun’s just as cold as the snow,
That’s when I’ll love you, baby,
That’s how you’ll know

Chorus

Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?

Now when every generation of children has grown and when all of man’s ideals have been overthrown and when the seeds of life are no longer being sown I will – that’s when I’ll need you, baby,
and call you my own

Chorus

 Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?

When just one key can open each and every door,
Yes, and when God and Mother don’t mean nothin’ anymore,
When there’s no fightin’ on any foreign shore – Ah well
That’s when you’ll know that I want you back once more

Chorus

 Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?
 it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me,  don't ya
see?
 

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Kris Kristofferson on Freedom

Fans favourite lines

Question : What is your favourite Kris line about Freedom?

Answers :

Comments : Iconic, profound

Comments : Spiritual reference, religious imagery

  • Achin’ with the feelin’ of the freedom of an eagle when she flies (When I Loved Her)
  • There ain’t no chain as strong as the will to be free (Third World Warrior)

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  • Lord, help me to shoulder, the burden of freedom
    And give me the courage, to be what I can
    And when I have wounded; the last one who loved me.
    God help her forgive me, I don’t understand (Burden of Freedom)
  • It’s not so bad out here living alone, comfort’s a stranger away. And there’s a freedom you find on your own, that’s nearly worth what you pay. (Daddy’s Song)

NB: To the Bone is an often unfairly ignored album. It might be that it is connected in some way to the far more recent Closer to the Bone album. Both albums included some deeply personal, intense songs. Kris explores human emotion and spirituality through his own experiences and the viewpoints of others.