Song of the Week 47: The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 – Kris Kristofferson

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kris kristofferson the silver tongued devil and I

This week contains more of that William Blake-esque wisdom derived from excess. We’ll have a look at the characters mentioned in the spoken intro to the Kris Kristofferson song, The Pilgrim, Chapter 33.

“I started writing this song about Chris Gantry, ended up writing about Dennis Hopper and Johnny Cash… Norman Norbert, Funky Donnie Fritts, Billy Swan, Bobby Neuwirth, Jerry Jeff Walker, Paul Siebel… Ramblin’ Jack Elliot had a lot to do with it.”

Johnny Cash seemed to think there was a bit of Kristofferson in there too. Well, the other three members of his band were in there: Norman Norbert, Donnie Fritts, and Billy Swan who all played with Kris during the 70`s.

Maybe Kris was just as much a “walking contradiction” as the others up there.

“I’ve been trying to think of things to tell my kids, something that I could pass down, and it’s like, gee whiz…

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