Classic Track Of Day – Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson – one of the greatest living songwriters of our time- a former Army captain, who once piloted helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico  penned songs for greats such as Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. Kristofferson on his own- defines true soul.  In the 1976 movie Taxi Driver,  Travis Bickle  buys “The Silver Tongued Devil and I” album for Betsy, after she describes “Travis’ quoting a phrase from “The Pilgrim, Chapter 33”: “He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher… partly truth and partly fiction… a walking contradiction. ”

Too bad Betsy already owned the record, and rejected the gift- such was Travis’ life.  Travis Bickle was a true social worker.  Kris Kristofferson did his social work through song.  He’s as great, as songwriters get.

“Call these the echoes of the going-ups and coming downs, walking pneumonia and run of the mill madness, colored with guilt, pride, and a vague sense of despair.” – Kris Kristofferson

The Pilgrim Chapter 33


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  1. Kristofferson said that he would like the first three lines of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” on his tombstone:

    Like a bird on the wire
    Like a drunk in a midnight choir
    I have tried in my way to be free.

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