The Cedar Creek Sessions / 2016

Release Date: March 18, 2018
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Recorded Live June 23, 24 and 25, 2014 at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas

In June 2014, Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin, Texas. It had been a while since Kris had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard, and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through twenty-five of Kristofferson’s best-loved songs. On the final day, Kris’s dear friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of “The Loving Gift,” a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that Kris had never recorded. Two years later, Kristofferson will release The Cedar Creek Session just days before his 80th birthday, June 22, 2016. ipsum.

Available Lyrics

The Loving Gift

You gave me a blanket to keep me from the cold
And you gave me a song I learned to sing
You showed me some beauty
Through the windows of your soul
And you showed me a world I’d never seen
Each giving to the other
Love and giving it away
We spent the precious time
We knew was borrowed
Cause you gave me the courage to live with
And you gave me tomorrow
You gave me a candle to light my way to bed
And you erased the shadows I’d been seeing
You brought me a pillow to rest my weary head
And you taught me a gentle way of dreaming
And even if you leave me I’ll be richer when you go
Just living with the loving gift you gave me
You gave me a blanket to keep me from the cold
And you gave me a baby.
Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson c. Jody Ray Publishing, Inc. (BMI) All Rights Reserved

For the Good Times

Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over
But life goes on and this old world
Will keep in 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
Blowing 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
*** Repeat chorus