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But even so, I still get nervous before I go onstage.
I like to shop, but I don't like to go out to dances.
I was a sloppy kid, wanted to be just wild.
I'm not starry eyed, and I'm not money crazy.
It's the same thing now. When I go onstage the young people scream and holler as much as the older generation.
Country music has the great stories.
I took back my life.
It's not about battling the original artists when I record these songs, it's about paying tribute to them.
Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to after five years of sitting down while I sang.
See, I don't like places where people can't dance - don't like clubs or theatres where a bunch of bourgeois people sit around tip, tip, tipping their fingers.
Johnny Guitar... just one of my favorite singers of all time. I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny Otis in the '50s when I was a teenager. We traveled the country in a car together. I would hear him sing every night.
I really turned into, you know, the real street kid. I was kind of like a runaway, but I had a mother, you know what I mean, and I had a place to stay.
People always say 'Etta, you know what your problem is? You're neither fish nor fowl. There is no place to rack you.' When I would go in a record shop, you might find one or two records by me in different stacks.
A few years ago, I thought, I'll never make it. I started to go to the doctor to help me lose weight.
I don't care who's playing. Even if it's my favorite artist, I'm probably not gonna go and see him.
I figured I could do 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World', because I believe it's the truth.
I was originally like a punker, know what I mean, like the punks are today, I'd spit in a minute.
I'm not a braggart, but when I was a little girl people used to come from all over Hollywood to hear me sing.
To me, country music is like the blues, but it's something very hip and - I don't want to say commercial - but it's very worldly and good listening.
That's where it begins and ends for me and these songs were the ones that touched me the deepest. It was like I was laying hold of some part of me that I didn't even know was there until I let it out.
I talked to the record company about what I had in mind. They said they wanted something lush. I figured the best thing to do was let them hear what I had in mind.
This is an album of songs that I've always loved, tunes that I heard. For the first time in 53 years of recording, I really had control over an entire album, start to finish.
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