Kris Kristofferson’s songwriting career started in the mid-1960s when some established artists started performing his songs. For The Good Times became a hit for Ray Price in 1968, and that opened the door to Kristofferson recording his own album. The original release of Kristofferson was not successful, but a couple months later Janis Joplin’s recording of Me And Bobby McGee changed everything. Kris’s album was rereleased under that title and he became a star.
The song is a basic progression in the key of C Major, starting with a descending bass line which sets up the verse, as well as being the third line of the chorus. This lesson is done using a simple arpeggio picking pattern, and goes into detail about alternating bass note options for the chords, as well as including some common passing runs.