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  •  Let's give credit (7+ / 0-)

    where credit is due. Kris Kristofferson wrote the song, and even though he's not the singer Johnny Cash was, I liked his version. The song's not a real happy one, and Johnny's version was a little overproduced and prettied up. The "small kid playin with a can that he was kickin'" was originally "small kid cussin' at a can that he was kickin'" in the Kris version.

    •  True, Kris (actually almost no one) is the singer (4+ / 0-)

      Johnny Cash was, but I love to listen to Kristofferson.

      We saw him at the Ryman a couple of years ago - a one man (with guitar and harmonica) show that was a couple of hours long with only one short break. I think he sang damned near every song he ever wrote. His voice is a little more craggy now, but what a treat it was. If you ever get a chance to hear him, give yourself a wonderful evening.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 10:20:09 AM PST

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      •  I saw him with Merle Haggard last year (2+ / 0-)
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        What a great show! So much fun to see two singer-songwriters on opposite sides of the 60s' culture wars performing their best work together.

        The chorus to Sunday Morning Coming Down is so melancholy and evocative. "And there's nothin' short of dyin', Half as lonesome as the sound, On the sleepin' city sidewalks, Sunday mornin' comin' down." Kris Kristofferson is an underrated, or at least very often overlooked, songwriter, IMO.

      •  I saw Kris several years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        in the very same format at Ruby Diamond Auditorium at FSU.  It was just Kris, his guitar, a harmonica, a stool and a bottle of water.  The format was so intimate and I felt like we were sitting in his living room as he told the stories behind many of his songs before he sang them.  It was probably the most memorable concert I ever saw by one of the greatest living songwriters ever.  

        Ironically, Roseanne Cash opened for Kris that night.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:55:49 AM PST

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