Kris Kristofferson Never Gives Up on His Dream (feat. Johnny Knoxville) – Drunk History


– HELLO. TODAY WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. – [laughing] – KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
GOT INCREDIBLE GRADES, AND HE WAS
A RHODES SCHOLAR, AND THEN HE TRAINED
AS AN ARMY RANGER TO FLY HELICOPTERS. HIS PLATOON COMMANDER
KNEW SOMEONE IN NASHVILLE THAT WORKED
FOR JOHNNY CASH. HE CAN GET YOU IN FOR FREE
TO A SHOW AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY. YEAH?
I LOVE IT. LET’S DO IT. SO KRIS TAKES A ONE-WEEK LEAVE
AND WATCHES JOHNNY CASH. HE FELT A POWER AND AN ENERGY, ‘CAUSE THAT’S
WHAT JOHNNY CASH DID. KRIS FELT TRANSFIXED.
MY GOD, THIS IS MY HERO. AND KRIS SAID IN THAT MOMENT
THAT HE WAS THUNDERSTRUCK. AND THEN JOHNNY CASH
WALKED OFF, AND JOHNNY CASH WALKED OVER
AND SHOOK HIS HAND. BOOM.
HOLY [bleep]! THIS IS MY HERO,
AND HE JUST CAME UP TO ME AND CONNECTED WITH ME. SO KRIS SAYS,
YOU KNOW WHAT? I’M GONNA QUIT THIS,
AND HE QUITS THE ARMY. AND HE MOVES
TO NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, WITH THE IDEA OF BECOMING
A GREAT SINGER-SONGWRITER. FINALLY, A JOB OPENS UP
OF BEING A JANITOR AT COLUMBIA RECORDS, AND THEN HIS MOTHER WRITES HIM
A LETTER– YOUR HERO, JOHNNY CASH,
IS A DRUG ADDICT, AND OF COURSE HE SINGS
AT SAN QUENTIN AND FOLSOM RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE A JAILBIRD
SINGS WITH JAILBIRDS, SO WE HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY
DISOWNED YOU. I HOPE SOMEHOW YOU COME
TO YOUR SENSES, ‘CAUSE YOU’RE NOT
A SONGWRITER. SORRY, KRIS.
YOU’RE DONE. AND HE FELT LIKE
A GIANT FAILURE. HE’S A [bleep] JANITOR. AND THEN ONE DAY
JOHNNY CASH COMES IN. HE’S LIKE, WHO IN THE WORLD
IS IN THERE RIGHT NOW CHANGING THE ASHTRAYS
WITH THOSE BROWN– WITH THE INCREDIBLE
BLUE EYES? WELL, IT’S KRIS.
WHO IS HE? HIS MOM JUST DISOWNED HIM
BECAUSE YOU’RE HIS HERO. AND KRIS WAS IN THERE
CHANGING THE ASHTRAYS, AND JOHNNY CASH COMES IN
AND SAYS, WELL, IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO GET
A LETTER FROM HOME, AIN’T IT? AND KRIS CAN’T BELIEVE IT. HE’S LIKE, YEAH. BUT THEY BONDED OVER IT, BECAUSE HE WAS PASSIONATE
AND HE HAD HIS DREAM. I’M GONNA QUIT ALL THIS, AND I WANT TO PURSUE
AN ARTIST’S LIFE. SO HE QUIT. KRIS IS STARVING.
HE HAS NO MONEY. HE’S NOW WRITING
THESE SONGS. AND THEN KRIS, SO FRUSTRATED,
AND HE HAS ONE SONG. IT’S ABOUT THAT FEELING
TO BE ON A SUNDAY WHEN THE BARS DON’T OPEN, AND IT’S CALLED
SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN.
IT’S A THAT FEELING,
LONELINESS AND NOBODY BELIEVING IN YOU
BUT YOU AND WISHING,
LORD, THAT I WAS STONED, ‘CAUSE THERE AIN’T NOTHING
IN A SUNDAY THAT MAKES A BODY
FEEL ALONE.SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN
WAS THE SONG KRIS KNEW WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL. HOW CAN I GET MY SONG
TO JOHNNY CASH AND MAKE AN IMPACT? SO, FOR JOHNNY, KRIS LANDED A HELICOPTER
IN HIS LAWN TO GIVE HIM THIS SONG. SOME FOOL’S LANDING
IN OUR YARD WITH A HELICOPTER RIGHT OUT OF THE SKY. HE REALLY LISTENED TO THE SONG, AND THE SONG WENT
TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR JOHNNY, BECAUSE HE UNDERSTOOD IT. HE UNDERSTOOD THE ISOLATION
AND THE LONELINESS AND WISHING,
LORD, THAT HE WAS STONED. EXCUSE ME.
– YOU’RE FINE. – [burps] – SO, AT THAT TIME,
JOHNNY CASH WAS RECORDING HIS OWN VARIETY SHOW
FOR ABC. SO JOHNNY SAID TO KRIS, HEY, WE’RE GOING TO DO
SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN
RIGHT NOW AND THEN WENT
THROUGH A RUN-THROUGH OF THE SONG: ♪ ON A SUNDAY MORNING
SIDEWALK ♪ ♪ WISHING, LORD,
THAT I WAS STONED ♪ WELL, HE DID IT ONE TIME, AND THE ABC CENSORS CAME UP
AND SAID, UH, JOHNNY, UH…
GREAT SONG, BUT WE ACTUALLY CAN’T
IN ANY WAY PUT ON THE LYRICS, “WISHING, LORD,
THAT I WAS STONED,” ‘CAUSE IT’S CLEARLY AN ALLUSION
TO MARIJUANA. AND IT’S
IN THE COUNTRY TRADITION. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING
ABOUT ALCOHOL, BUT MARIJUANA
IS A NO-GO. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. “WISHING, LORD,
I WAS HOME”? I WROTE IT “WISHING, LORD,
THAT I WAS STONED” ‘CAUSE I WISHED
I WAS STONED. SO, WHEN IT COMES TIME TO RECORD
THE SONG IN THAT SHOW, THEY PUT KRIS WAY UP
IN THE RAFTERS, ‘CAUSE HE WAS–
HE WAS ON THE FRINGES, MAN. SO THE SONG STARTS,
AND HE’S LIKE, “ON A SUNDAY MORNING SIDEWALK,” AND THEN HIS GAZE
GOES RIGHT UP TO KRIS IN THE VERY BACK ROW, AND HE’S LIKE, “WISHING, LORD,
THAT I WASSTONED,“‘CAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING
IN THE SIDEWALK, MAKES A BODY FEEL ALONE.” AND KRIS SAID
HE FELT HIS HEART WARM. GOD BLESS, YOU KNOW? MY SONG’S ON TV,
AND IT MEANT THE WORLD TO KRIS, ‘CAUSE HIS HERO
DID RIGHT BY HIM. ONCE JOHNNY CASH
SAYS IT’S COOL, WELL, EVERYONE WANTS TO RECORD
A KRISTOFFERSON SONG– WAYLON JENNINGS,
JONI MITCHELL, JAMES TAYLOR,
JANIS JOPLIN. KRIS KRISKOFF– KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
BECAME THE BIGGEST STAR IN THE WORLD, TRULY. IN 1976,
AND IT’S BEEN FORGOTTEN, HE WAS THE BIGGEST STAR
IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. KRIS WAS HUGE. both:
♪ OF A SLEEPING CITY SIDEWALK ♪ ♪ AND SUNDAY MORNING
COMING DOWN ♪

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