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By Rosa García Mora

For the Good Times” is a song composed by Kris Kristofferson, “The Country Music’s Highwayman.” Considered one of the best songwriters in country and popular music, Kristofferson had to overcome a very hard life and bad luck, but he did it with determination, determination and guts, and then wrote about it with the delicacy, tenderness and sensitivity of a romantic poet, leaving his insides captured in his songs, and “For The Good Times” is no exception.

The song achieved great success in its recording career by a large number of artists.

It was first recorded by singer Bill Nash in 1968.

It was later recorded by Ray Price, and with him, it became a number 1 single in June 1970.

In April 1970, its author recorded it on his debut album titled: “Kristofferson”. 

Kris wrote most of the song in 1968. He was on a work-related road trip. He was traveling from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico. And from that inspiration, arising in the coldness of a road, Kris tells us the end of a love story, her love story; since the song is based on a sad life experience.

When Elvis recorded this song, although it was already preceded by great commercial success, that was not a handicap for Elvis to make it his own, as he always did.

Elvis recorded it in RCA Studio C in Hollywood on March 27, 1972.

It was also recorded a few months later, on June 10, 1972, at the Garden in New York and released for the first time on the live album “Elvis As Recorded at Madison Square Garden”, where he gave a magnificent and delicious performance.

Kris Kristofferson was always a big fan of Elvis and, in his early days as a songwriter, he would never have imagined that Elvis would sing one of his songs; and in the end there were not one, but three, songs that Elvis recorded of his authorship:

Help Me Make It Through The Night”, “For the Good Times” y “Why Me Lord”, live .

The first time Kristofferson heard his song in Elvis’s voice, he was absolutely blown away.

Elvis made it his own, to the point that it really makes you feel that he was singing it from his own experiences, and he soaked in it, as always, singing it from the depths of his soul. Recorded at a very sad and very difficult moment in his life for him, Elvis takes us with the sweet fragrance of the song, to feel it as part of himself, just as he lived it, with the same sadness, acquiescence and longing of those good times that became a painful memory of a lost love.

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 o 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 fallin’ soft against the window
And make believe you love me one more time

For the Good times

Information provided by Rosa García Mora

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