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Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk.
We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
The sight of the first woman in the minimal two-piece was as explosive as the detonation of the atomic bomb by the U.S. at Bikini Island in the Marshall Isles, hence the naming of the bikini.
My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.
I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy.
I guess I've always lived upside down when I want things I can't have.
Most songs that aren't jump-rope songs, or lullabies, are cautionary tales or goodbye songs and road songs.
When you're writing, you're conjuring. It's a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you're inviting into the room.
I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out.
I have an audio stigmatism whereby I hear things wrong - I have audio illusions.
The piano has been drinking, not me.
Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.
If you're in the middle of the ocean with no flippers and no life preserver and you hear a helicopter, this is music. You have to adjust to your needs at the moment.
Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget that History puts a saint in every dream.
I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It's just for you.
I always liked the idea that America is a big facade. We are all insects crawling across on the shiny hood of a Cadillac. We're all looking at the wrapping. But we won't tear the wrapping to see what lies beneath.
If you record the sound of bacon in a frying pan and play it back, it sounds like the pops and cracks on an old 33 1/3 recording. Almost exactly like that. You could substitute it for that sound.
If people are a little nervous about approaching you at the market, it's good. I'm not Chuckles The Clown. Or Bozo. I don't cut the ribbon at the opening of markets. I don't stand next to the mayor. Hit your baseball into my yard, and you'll never see it again.
You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it's hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs.
For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.
Most people don't care if you're telling them the truth or if you're telling them a lie, as long as they're entertained by it.
Sometimes the magnetism of a song is impossible to ignore, and it demands that it be sung in a certain way.
I think I have an adrenaline addiction, no question about that.
George Bush is a fan of mine, he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him.
The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.
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