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Help Me Make It Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson (4/4)
With/ Lady Antebellum from Skyville Live Verse: ----- A Take the ribbon from your hair D Shake it loose and let it fall E7 Layin' soft upon your skin A Like the shadows on the wall Verse: ----- Come and lay down by my side Till the early mornin' light All I'm takin' is your time Help me make it through the night Chorus: ------ D I don't care what's right or wrong A I don't try to understand B7 Let the devil take tomorrow E 'Cause tonight I need a friend Verse: ----- But yesterday is dead and gone And tomorrow's out of sight And it's sad to be alone Help me make it through the night Solo: A, D, E7, A ---- Chorus: ------ I don't care what's right or wrong I don't try to understand Let the devil take tomorrow 'Cause tonight I need a friend Verse: ------ 'Cause yesterday is dead and gone And tomorrow's out of sight And it's sad to be alone Help me make it through the night Chorus: ------ I don't wanna be alone Help me make it through the night
Kristofferson said that he got the inspiration for the song from an Esquire magazine interview with Frank Sinatra. When asked what he believed in, Frank replied, "Booze, broads, or a bible...whatever helps me make it through the night."
During his time as a struggling songwriter, Kristofferson wrote the song while staying with Dottie West and her husband, Bill, at their home on Shy's Hill Road in Nashville's Green Hills neighborhood. When he offered Dottie the song, she originally claimed it was "too suggestive" for her. Eventually, she would record it before the year was out, and it is included on her album Careless Hands. However, by then, several others had recorded and released versions of it, some garnering great success. Later on, West said that not recording it when it was originally offered to her was one of the greatest regrets of her career.
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