To the Bone (Kris Kristofferson album)

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To the Bone
Studio album by Kris Kristofferson
Released January 1981
Genre Country
Label Monument
Producer Norbert Putnam
Kris Kristofferson chronology
Shake Hands with the Devil
To the Bone
The Winning Hand
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

To the Bone is the tenth solo album by Kris Kristofferson, released in 1981, his last for Monument Records. It is his first album after his divorce from Rita Coolidge, and many of its songs deal with relationship decline. "Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore" became a minor hit.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Kristofferson except as noted

  1. "Magdalene" – 3:42
  2. "Star-Crossed" – 3:29
  3. "Blessing in Disguise" – 3:26
  4. "Devil to Pay" (Merle Travis, Leon Rusk) – 3:23
  5. "Daddy's Song" – 5:03
  6. "Snakebit" – 3:32
  7. "Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore" (Kristofferson, Billy Swan) – 3:08
  8. "Maybe You Heard" – 2:59
  9. "Last Time" – 4:13
  10. "I'll Take Any Chance I Can With You" (Kristofferson, Guy Clark) – 3:29



  • Produced by Norbert Putnam
  • Engineered by Gene Eichelberger
  • Recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado
  • Additional recording at the Bennett House, Franklin, TN and Quadrafonic Studio, Nashville, TN
  • Photography by Henry Diltz
  • Design by Bill Johnson
  • Special thanks to Fred Foster

Liner Notes[edit]

Everything becomes as crystal clear as the air in the mountains; the old man with the bronze face burning in the last sunlight against a deep blue empty sky. He says to me "If someone tells you that they ain't good enough for you, believe 'em. Like as not they know what they're talking about." He smiled, and the sunlight caught the diamond in his eye. "It ain't a tragedy" he says. "But it's a shame."