At 66 Sandringham Crescent
an upright piano was being eased down
a long flight of stairs by three men
all wearing off-white overalls.
Backward, staccato, two stepped
till the taller of the two men
began to collapse in slow
slow slow motion
and the piano
to the hallway's rising floor
crashing its memories of music:
simple tunes such as 3 Blind Mice,
as well as great meaningful sonatas
of profundity and faraway,
into a scattered anarchic jigsaw
of free-loving volatile
till the stricken piano
lost its memory entirely.
After the ambulance arrived (too late)
one removal man lit a cigarette
and sensing the wide-awake stare
of the householder
tapped the grey ash, with great delicacy,
into the cupped hollow of his left hand.
I taught myself to play the guitar by listening to Paul Simon records, working it out note by note. He is an incredibly intelligent musician. He's not someone who has a natural outpouring of melody like McCartney or Bob Dylan, who are just terribly prolific with musical ideas.
In the order named, these are the hardest to control: Wine, Women, and Song.
There was no giving up. Trying and trying. That's what I'm all about.
Never sing in chorus, if you want to be heard.
I swear they're real!
Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.
Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.
Any pitcher who might throw at me should know I'm not giving up my day job or trying to get anyone else's job. I just can't think of anything cooler than being one of the boys of summer!
My parents weren't keen on the giving up of school at the beginning to go into singing and dancing, but once they saw I was serious about it, they gave support. I was quite stubborn about my decision, and in the end, they realised it was for the best.
Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
We are all musicians, and we're not really good musicians. But we have this gracious gift that has been bestowed on us, and we don't want to disappoint. So I guess our biggest fear would be, just giving up.
Of all the modern phenomena, the most monstrous and ominous, the most manifestly rotting with disease, the most grimly prophetic of destruction, the most clearly and unmistakably inspired by evil spirits, the most instantly and awfully overshadowed by the wrath of heaven, the most near to madness and moral chaos, the most vivid with devilry and despair, is the practice of having to listen to loud music while eating a meal in a restaurant.
The earth is suffocating ... Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive.
Swans sing before they die; 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Broken glass. It's just like glitter, isn't it?
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
A lot of people can't stand touring but to me it's like breathing. I do it because I'm driven to do it.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
A mistake is to commit a misunderstanding.
A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.
A song is anything that can walk by itself.
All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
At times in my life the only place I have been happy is when I am on stage.
Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.
Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
Being on tour is like being in limbo. It's like going from nowhere to nowhere.
But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
Chaos is a friend of mine.
Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.
Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid.
Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people.
He not busy being born is busy dying.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.
I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.
I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking theres some kind of change.
I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed.
I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
I say there're no depressed words just depressed minds.
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.
I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.
I'm speaking for all of us. I'm the spokesman for a generation.
I've never written a political song. Songs can't save the world. I've gone through all that.
If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.
In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall.
Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
Money doesn't talk, it swears.
No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around - the music and the ideas.
Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.
The radio makes hideous sounds.
There is nothing so stable as change.
This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
To live outside the law, you must be honest.
Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past.
What good are fans? You can't eat applause for breakfast. You can't sleep with it.
What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
When you cease to exist, then who will you blame?
Yesterday's just a memory, tomorrow is never what it's supposed to be.
You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past - whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
I ain't giving up on myself, so if you give up on me, I ain't got nothing else to say for you.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Globalization means we have to re-examine some of our ideas, and look at ideas from other countries, from other cultures, and open ourselves to them. And that's not comfortable for the average person.
All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.
All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.
I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan.
I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
I try to use my music to move these people to act.
I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.
I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.
I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.
If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment.
Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
It all has to come from inside, though, I guess.
It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life.
It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Music is a safe kind of high.
Music is my religion.
Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music.
My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.
My nature just changes.
Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.
The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.
To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean?
We have time, there's no big rush.
When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
When I die, just keep playing the records.
When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they're not gonna see nothin' but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears.
White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.
You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time.
You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.
You have to give people something to dream on.
You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
I'm not giving up my history and what I've done in my music because I love it and I'm very proud of it. I just want to open it up for more people.
I wear glasses and suits, so I guess I am an indie artist.
The blues is a low-down shakin' chill.
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
I'm one of those regular weird people.
If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.
My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
Rock on out.
Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.
When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
You got to get it while you can.
You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
Maiden, when such a soul as thine is born, the morning-stars their ancient music make.
The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.
I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of... I don't want to use the wordsself sacrifice,but that's what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses thewindows of the soul.When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.
Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
Drugs are a bet with your mind.
Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.
I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.
I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you're doing something.
I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
Love cannot save you from your own fate.
Music inflames temperament.
People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
The time to hesitate is through.
There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
This is the strangest life I've ever known.
Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.
We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
Where's your will to be weird?
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it is the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
Oppan Gangnam style.
I think my fans will follow me into our combined old age. Real musicians and real fans stay together for a long, long time.
Not to mince words, Mr. Epstein, we don't like your boys' sound. Groups are out; four-piece groups with guitars, particularly, are finished. . . . The Beatles have no future in show business.
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Underneath runs the main current of preoccupation, which is keeping one's nose clean at all times. This means that when things go wrong you have to pass the blame along the line, like pass-the-parcel, till the music stops.
It is everyone's prerogative to retire. But it's like giving up on life as far as I'm concerned.
Growing Strongeremerged from a need to relate my life experiences as well as my constant struggle to prevail each day, and as a reminder to myself of the importance of never giving up.
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
I'm going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!
An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.
O body swayed to music,
O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?