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Ray Price - For The Good Times

At the 1971 Country Music Academy Awards, "For the Good Times" won in the "Song of the Year" category (for Kristofferson as a songwriter) and "Single of the Year" (for Ray Price). "For the Good Times" continued being recorded by several artists in later years, until reaching popular success.

Song written by Kris Kristofferson, was recorded for the first time by Bill Nash in August 1968 for the Smash label. Kris recorded the song in 1969 and was released in the early 1970s, for his first work, Kristofferson (Monument 1970). Ray Price, also recorded this song, on May 26, 1970, the song was released in June 1970, and reached number one on the country charts, on September 19, 1970, it remained 19 weeks on the list, and it was the fifth number one for Ray, the song would be included on the album, For the good times (Columbia 1970). The song establishes Kristofferson as one of the best composers of country and popular music, while he gives Price his first country and western song in the first 11 years.

 

At the 1971 Country Music Academy Awards, “For the Good Times” won in the “Song of the Year” category (for Kristofferson as a songwriter) and “Single of the Year” (for Ray Price).

 

“For the Good Times” continued being recorded by several artists in later years, until reaching popular success.

Story behind the song:

 

Kristofferson wrote most of the song in 1968 during a road trip related to work from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico. He tells the end of a love story, based on a real-life experience of him, in a way that popular music scholar Steve Sullivan said “conveys sadness, acceptance and longing.”

 

Some Versions:

Bill Nash 1968 (Smash records)

Dean Martin 1970 (Reprise Records)

Chet Atkins 1971 (RCA Victor)

Perry Como 1973 (RCA Victor)

Bobby Bare 1974 (Ember Records)

Albert West 1975 (CBS)

Willie Nelson 1979 (Columbia)

Aaron Neville 1995 (A & M Records)

Dolly Parton 1996 (Rising Tide)

The Littles Willies 2012 (Milking Bull Records)

….and many more .

Ray Price - 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 were burning

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body

Close to mine

Hear the whisper of the rain drops

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

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body

Close to mine

Hear the whisper of the rain drops

Blowing soft against the window

And make believe you love me

One more time

For the good times


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