Courtney Barnett quotes

  • Sometimes I have something stuck in my head and that directs the rhyme that I'm writing with.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Writing #Sometimes #Rhyme

  • I grew up listening to Nirvana, and then went through some bad 90s pop stuff - a lot of Australian one-hit wonders.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Listening #Stuff #Wonder

  • I definitely grew up on a lot of American bands. I didn't really know that there were any decent Australian bands until I was around 20.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Band #Grew Up #Grew

  • The first song I wrote was called "You" and it was a love song about somebody who didn't even exist. I remember them all because I used to always write terrible poetry. I keep all my notebooks.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Notebook #Song #Writing

  • I liked the idea of being a photographer, just that you take this one picture of this one thing that'll never happen again - it's a bit weird when you think about it.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Thinking #Ideas #Photographer

  • Artists thrive off each other, and when you see other people doing cool stuff, it inspires you to do cool stuff.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Artist #People #Inspire

  • I think everyone's so scared of other people judging them.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Thinking #People #Judging

  • There's lots of interesting stuff happening in the world. Lots of good and bad things, and there's interest in music still, which there always will be, which is always a good thing.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Interesting #World #Stuff

  • Once you write and record a song, it becomes everyone else's song.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Writing

  • I think even though things are changing a bit, we still kind of tend to grow up with girls being like, 'Don't be too loud, don't be too rude, don't be too naughty,' or whatever, to act a certain way.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Girl #Growing Up #Naughty

  • I don't know anything except being female, so I don't know the opposite of it.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Opposites #Female #Knows

  • I've never liked songs that are about writing, or struggling to write. Maybe it's because it's too relatable to me.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Struggle #Writing

  • The music, I think, is just as important as the lyrics; it portrays the emotion of the song. I play the kind of music that I want to listen to.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Thinking #Play

  • It was cool at the rock camp - girls could just be themselves and they could be silly, they could roll around on the floor playing guitar.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Girl #Silly #Rocks

  • I try to take notes of things that happen that I think are important or interesting or just little tidbits here and there that happen in life. And some of it's even just one line or like a saying and I just go off that.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Thinking #Interesting #Important

  • I don't like to overcook songs.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song

  • "On Script" is one of my favorite songs I've ever written. I'd just been jamming on it one day, and again I was struggling with lyrics. I'm still figuring out what it's about. I've seen a couple of reviews that are like, "It's about the monotony of playing the same songs every night," because I say, "On script every night/Like a well-rehearsed stage show." It's not about that at all, but I find that funny, how people project what they think about me, or songwriters in general.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Couple #Struggle

  • Smoke Ring for My Halo was the first album I bought of Kurt's Vile, and when I first listened to "Peeping Tomboy" I was really depressed and unemployed. But the lyrics are, "I don't want to work. I don't want to sit around all day frowning." I was like, "Ah! Yes!"
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Rings

  • Every time I write a song it feels like it could be the last one I do, or it always feels like a fluke.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Writing #Lasts

  • People should be free to take whatever they want from music and I think that over time I realized that different people always find different things in my songs, which is really good.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Thinking #People

  • If I make a wrong decision, I worry what might have been. I stress out over very insignificant things.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Stress #Insignificant Things #Worry

  • An album is a thing you take time out and go work on.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Albums #Take Time

  • I think that a good song is catchy, and a great song is not catchy - but it has a deeper meaning.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Song #Thinking #Catchy

  • If I'm not touring I'd just be at home, just driving - I'm kind of at a loss for how that stuff works.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Home #Loss #Stuff

  • When I was a teen, or like 18 to early 20s, I used to go to festivals all the time. I'd save all my money.
    -- Courtney Barnett

    #Festivals #Used #Early 20s

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