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Kris Kristofferson - For the good times (1970)

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Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011

- blocked in Germany for Sony music content... Sorry...
Fair use - no copyright violation intended

"For the good times" from Kris' debut album "Kristofferson".
It's so sad and beautiful at the same time...
Great lyrics as always, and this beautiful tune ... I love it!

Of course this song was not written about Rita and him,
but things always happen twice in one's lifetime...

It was Kris' first No 1 country hit as a writer in 1970
It was "Song of the Year" (and "Single Record of the Year") of the Academy of Country Music in 1970 -
(That was the first time a writer had won "Song of the Year" awards from both the Country Music Association - with "Sunday Mornin' comin' down"- AND the Academy of Country Music for different songs in the same year)

In 1971 Ray Price won a Grammy Award for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" with it.

The scenes are from the movies
"The last honor of Kathryn Beck"- aka "Act of Passion" (1984) and
"Blood and Orchids" (TV, 1986).
Both movies are great to me and worth watching anyway, but only available on VHS tapes.
... The latter one is available on DVD now
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0035QHNVU

Kris already began to write the song in 1968, in his Opel, on one of his endless rides from Nashville to the Gulf.
"I began a song about making love to a woman for the last time. After a while the melody really got to me. I couldn't wait to get to a guitar. I was riding along thinking about that part where it says, 'Hear the whisper of the raindrops blowin' soft against the window,' and I wondered if I could play it. I wrote only the first part of the lyrics then. A while went before I finished it, I can't remember how long.... But I do remember who I wrote it about." Probably it was inspired by the dying days of his relationship to Fran...
Now it's hard to believe that for a time some radio stations wouldn't play the original recording by Bill Nash because of its "overtly sexual content"; indeed for a brief time, Kris couldn't even find anyone who wanted to record the song... And then? A spokeman for Buckhorn Music, which published the song shortly before Kris switched to Combine Music, said later, "It's recorded by pretty much everyone who comes into town to do an album, Englebert Humperndinck, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Chet Atkins, Loretta Lynn and many more."

For the good times

Don't look so sad, I know it's over
But life goes on and this old world
will keep on turning
Let's just be glad we had some time
to spend together
There's no need to watch the bridges
that we're burning

Lay your head upon my pillow,
hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
blowin' soft against the window
And make believe you love me one more time
For the good times

I'll get along, you'll find another
And I'll be here if you should find
you ever need me
Don't say a word about tomorrow or forever
There'll be time enough for sadness
when you leave me

Lay your head upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
Blowin' soft against my window
Make believe you love me
one more time
For the good times

For the good times (1968)

Schau nicht so traurig, ich weiß, es ist vorbei.
Aber das Leben geht weiter
und diese alte Welt wird sich weiterdrehen.
Lass uns einfach froh sein,
dass wir einige Zeit zusammen verbringen konnten
Wir müssen uns nicht die Brücken anschauen, die wir verbrennen.

Leg deinen Kopf auf mein Kissen,
halte deinen warmen und zärtlichen Körper
dicht an meinen
Hör das Flüstern der Regentropfen
weich gegen das Fenster schlagen
Und lass mich noch einmal glauben, dass du mich liebst -
wegen der guten Zeiten

Ich werd zurecht kommen,
du wirst einen anderen finden.
Und ich werde hier sein falls du je entscheidest, dass du mich brauchst.
Sag kein Wort über das Morgen oder das Fürimmer.
Es wird noch genug Zeit sein fürs Traurigsein
wenn du mich verlässt...

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