Song quotes

  • Good morning, Eeyore," said Pooh. "Good morning, Pooh Bear," said Eeyore gloomily. "If it is a good morning, which I doubt," said he. "Why, what's the matter?" "Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it." "Can't all what?" said Pooh, rubbing his nose. "Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Song #Morning #Doubt

  • What a strange power the perception of beauty is! It seems to ebb and flow like some secret tide, independent alike of health and disease, of joy or sorrow. There are times in our lives when we seem to go singing on our way, and when the beauty of the world sets itself like a quiet harmony to the song we uplift.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Beauty #Uplifting #Song

  • I dont really take anything from home except some U.S. magazines and books and definitely some U.S. music. There are just certain songs that remind me of home.
    -- A. J. McLean

    #Song #Book #Home

  • Once upon a time, when men and women hurtled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy.
    -- A. S. Byatt

    #Dream #Song #Morning

  • It's really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Song #Albums #Stories

  • I wanted to be different and original but still have it be something my fans could get into. There also are some big, beautiful ballads. I told my producers that I wanted tracks that are going to blow up in the clubs, but I also wanted songs that were very melodic and with a lot of instrumentation.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Music #Beautiful #Song

  • It's funny because if you ever ask anyone in England to try and do a Beatles accent, no one knows what they really sound like. If you ask anyone in America, they would try and give it a go. English people just know their songs.
    -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    #Song #America #People

  • Anyone who's got a guitar, you like to pick it up. I can play a couple of songs, some '50s rock and roll, a bit of Elvis. That's it, really - I'm not a musician, I'm not a singer.
    -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    #Song #Couple #Play

  • The buzz you get when you're playing a song and everyone is screaming and dancing and what have you and singing along is incredible.
    -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    #Song #Dancing #Singing

  • If you and I shall, like the believing shepherds, watch and long for His appearing, one day we, too, shall hear a music grander and sweeter even than the song of angels, when the great Composer shall transpose all the strains of earth from the minor into the major, when the wail of nature shall give way to the glad harmony of the everlasting jubilee.
    -- Abbott Eliot Kittredge

    #Song #Believe #Angel

  • Dear friends, have you begun to sing the "new song? " Loved ones are singing it in the heavenly home, and we may sing it here; and by and by we shall join them, gaze with them on the risen, glorified Lord, and our voices will mingle in the "new song" "unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
    -- Abbott Eliot Kittredge

    #Song #Home #Blood

  • For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Song #Prayer #Legs

  • Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart. Audacious longing, burning songs, daring thoughts, an impulse overwhelming the heart, usurping the mind--these are all a drive towards serving Him who rings our hearts like a bell. It is as if He were waiting to enter our empty, perishing lives.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Song #Heart #Waiting

  • The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Song #Prayer #Men

  • A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs.
    -- Ace Frehley

    #Song #Guitar #Play

  • I think the fans really wanna hear the songs the way they sound on the record.
    -- Ace Frehley

    #Song #Thinking #Sound

  • All my songs are where I am.
    -- Adam Duritz


  • Truth is, you make albums, and some of those songs are hits, and some of the greatest hits albums have songs that weren't hits. You have a career, the reason why we're still around 10 years is that we do have successful songs.
    -- Adam Duritz

    #Song #Successful #Careers

  • That's where the songs come from: that's what I'd most want people to understand. What sounds good or looks good, that's nothing. The only worthwhile thing in art is seeing someone else's heart.
    -- Adam Duritz

    #Song #Art #People

  • Daniel Levitin takes the most sophisticated ideas that exist about the brain and mind, applies them to the most emotionally direct art we have, our songs, and makes beautiful music of the two together.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Beautiful #Song #Art

  • 'Brand-Dropping' is the term that the Kluger Agency coined to describe discreetly advertising by product mentioning in song, and we feel we can make this the way of the future without jeopardizing any artist's creative outlet or typical style.
    -- Adam Kluger

    #Song #Artist #Agency

  • I have an office full of product from brands trying to be in videos and an inbox full of songs from artists, but at the end of the day if the artist doesn't support the brand or it doesn't make sense for the song, then it will never work. What we do is try to pair them up so that both sides are happy.
    -- Adam Kluger

    #Song #Artist #Office

  • So pretty much, to sum it up, if you can freak someone out and bring that kind of emotion out of somebody with a song, you're doing something right.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Song #Freak #Emotion

  • All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Song #Reality #Honestly

  • In real life, I am emotionally confused, which enables me to write songs. I'm a Pisces, and they say that Pisces are very sensitive. If men were just honest with themselves, they would see that they all have that side.
    -- Adam Levine

    #Song #Confused #Real

  • Not every song has to be about love and tenderness, sometimes you have those strictly physical feelings for somebody and it's okay to have those feelings.
    -- Adam Levine

    #Song #Feelings #Sometimes

  • It's a really big struggle for me to write a song. Songs take either 30 seconds for me to write or a year or two to piece together, depending on the song and how I'm feeling on any given day. I don't really like to write music at all unless I am completely unbothered by touring.
    -- Adam Levine

    #Song #Struggle #Writing

  • I play in a band, I write songs, I sing, you know, perform on stage.
    -- Adam Levine

    #Song #Writing #Play

  • I have a very young brother and sister, and if you can get a kid singing the words to a song after they heard it for the first time, it's a hit.
    -- Adam Levine

    #Song #Brother #Kids

  • I love Billy Joel. I cry sometimes when I hear The Stranger. You May Be Right may be one of the greatest songs ever written.
    -- Adam Pally

    #Song #May #Sometimes

  • I don't mind him not talking so much, because you can hear his voice in your heart; the same way you can hear a song in your head even if there isn't a radio playing; the same way you can hear those blackbirds flying when they're not in the sky
    -- Adam Rapp

    #Song #Heart #Talking

  • We really try to make sure that the band writes the songs, not just one person.
    -- Adam Rich

    #Song #Writing #Trying

  • I really didn't think about song writing.
    -- Adam Rich

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • Not that anyone minds--no one's paying attention to the music. Most of them never really listen to music. Practically no one actually does. Even at concerts people pay good money for, instead of a three-dollar cover charge, they talk through the whole thing. I feel sorry for them, since none of them understand what it's like to have a song just get into your soul and become your whole world. They don't know what it's like when a song changes your life.
    -- Adam Selzer

    #Song #Sorry #People

  • When you're dead, everything in the world is like a song that makes you cry.
    -- Adam Selzer

    #Song #World #Cry

  • In my opinion, there is a huge lack of imaginative, unconventional music being created by artists today and what little there is, goes widely unappreciated by the masses. 'Port Blue' is my attempt at re-creating the music I want to hear and the emotions I want to feel." "If by chance you ever feel as though you’ve come to know these songs, please consider yourself a friend because in a manner of speaking, you know me. This music is my heart and soul. This is who I am." (Adam R. Young, 2006)
    -- Adam Young

    #Song #Heart #Artist

  • Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Writing #Mean

  • The way I write my songs is that I have to believe what I'm writing about, and that's why they always end up being so personal - because the kind of artists I like, they convince me, they totally win me over straight away in that thing. Like, 'Oh my God, this song is totally about me.'
    -- Adele

    #Song #Believe #Writing

  • I doubt I'll be singing forever, because at some point people aren't going to want to hear my music, and I hope that I'll still get the opportunity to write songs.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Writing #Opportunity

  • In the songs I can still be really really direct but in interviews when I'm explaining my songs I shouldn't be so direct about who they're about.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Interviews #Explaining

  • I don't really need to stand out, there's room for everyone. Although I haven't built a niche yet, I'm just writing love songs.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Self Esteem #Writing

  • Sometimes my songs wander off a bit and are not always coherent.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Sometimes #Wander

  • Where you go, I go, What you see, I see, I know I'd never be me without the security, Are your loving arms keeping me from harm Put your hands in my hand & we'll stand.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Hands #Arms

  • I'm like the opposite of one of those comedians who's funny on stage and depressed behind closed doors . On record, I can get pretty dark, but in real life I'm very carefree. But when I'm happy, I ain't writing songs, I'm out having a laugh, being in love. I wouldn't have the time. If I ever get married, it'll be 'Darling, I need a divorce, it's been three years, I've got a record to write!'
    -- Adele

    #Song #Real #Divorce

  • I don't write songs about a specific, elusive thing. I write about love, and everyone knows what it is like to have your heart broken.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Writing #Heart

  • If I were a writer and not a singer in 10 years, I don't know how I'd feel about writing really personal songs and getting someone else to sing them.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Writing #Years

  • I wouldn't be able to write a song like 'Someone Like You' and get someone else to sing it because it's so personal. It's like giving away your heart.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Writing #Heart

  • It's warts and all in my songs, and I think that's why people can relate to them.
    -- Adele

    #Song #Thinking #People

  • DUST includes rarities, demos, unreleased songs and instrumentals, live recordings, and more.
    -- Adrian Belew

    #Song #Dust #Demos

  • I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs.
    -- Adrian Belew

    #Song #Writing #Guitar

  • There have always been poets who performed. Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
    -- Adrian Mitchell

    #Song #Party #Innocence

  • Every song, every form of art, clothing, shoes, it has to be special.
    -- Afrojack

    #Song #Art #Shoes

  • If you want to understand a nation, look at its dances and listen to its folk songs - don't pay any attention to its politicians.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Dance #Song #Looks

  • But there were years when, in search of what I thought was better, nobler things I denied these, my people, and my family. I forgot the songs they sung - and most of those songs are now dead; I erased their dialect from my tongue; I was ashamed of them and their ways of life. But now - yes, I love them; they are a part of my blood; they, with all their virtues and their faults, played a great part in forming my way of looking at life.
    -- Agnes Smedley

    #Family #Song #Blood

  • When I record, it feels like I'm in a bubble. There's nothing else in my head right then. It's just that song, and I'm trying to really sound like what the song is about.
    -- Agnetha Faltskog

    #Song #Trying #Records

  • To take part in the African revolution, it is not enough to write a revolutionary song. You must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fashion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves.
    -- Ahmed Sekou Toure

    #Fashion #Song #Writing

  • Recently I danced in a video spoof of the song 'Gangnam Style,' and it was quickly banned across multiple Chinese online video platforms. But the story still traveled all over the world, carried in hundreds of international media reports.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Song #Media #Style

  • Father, may my song today be a sweet sound in Your ears-even if in Yours alone. Amen.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Song #Sweet #Father

  • I wanted to try to write songs on the piano to get a different flavor.
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Song #Writing #Piano

  • The forest is peaceful, why aren’t you? You hold on to things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the bird’s song then let go. If you know nature, you’ll know truth. If you know truth, you’ll know nature.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Letting Go #Song #Confusion

  • These songs are old friends I have entertained myself with when I'm washing the dishes, driving to the store and walking down the aisles. The ones that you sing when you're driving in the car and as a singer you always go back to them.
    -- Al Jarreau

    #Song #Car #Old Friends

  • I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.
    -- Al Jarreau

    #Song #Years #Needs

  • Of all the girls I ever knew some loved and some denied me And all the words I ever said have been no use to hide me And all the songs I ever sung each one of them untied me And all the girls I ever loved have left themselves inside me.
    -- Al Stewart

    #Girl #Song #Learning

  • I have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m concerned that the rampant downloading of my copyright-protected material over the Internet is severely eating into my album sales and having a decidedly adverse effect on my career. On the other hand, I can get all the Metallica songs I want for FREE! WOW!
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Song #Hands #Careers

  • There's a lot of different ways that a song would be a challenge to parody. There are a lot of songs that would ostensibly be a good candidate for parody, yet I can't think of a clever enough idea. Some songs are too repetitive for me to be able to fashion a humorous set of lyrics around. Some songs flat-out just don't work creatively for me.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Fashion #Song #Clever

  • Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.
    -- Al-Ghazali

    #Song #Bird #Claims

  • Hawai'i is not truly the idyllic paradise of popular songs--islands of love and tranquility, where nothing bad ever happens. It was and is a place where people work and struggle, live and die, as they do the world over.
    -- Alan Brennert

    #Song #Struggle #Islands

  • Rock ’n roll is really swing with a modern name. It began on the levees and plantations, took in folk songs, and features blues and rhythm. It's the rhythm that gets to the kids – they're starved of music they can dance to, after all those years of crooners.
    -- Alan Freed

    #Song #Kids #Years

  • A country song is a song about life.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Country #Song

  • To me, songwriting is the backbone of Nashville. Looks can go, fads can go, but a good song lasts forever.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Nashville #Forever

  • I like to write sad songs. They're much easier to write and you get a lot more emotion into them. But people don't want to hear them as much. And radio definitely doesn't; they want that positive, uptempo thing.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Writing #People

  • I've always said that if you have songs on the radio and get played, you've got to have a tour to support that.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Support #Radio

  • I think I've always approached making albums pretty much the same way. I'm just looking for a mixture of songs and topics that aren't the same thing over and over.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Thinking #Albums

  • Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Singing #Half

  • I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Past #Done

  • He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Men #Perfect

  • A lot of times when songwriters get together and write a song... somebody will come in with a hook and a lot of times they come out with something that sounds a little crafty.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Writing #Together

  • After 17' is a song I wrote when my first daughter went to college, so that's kind of where I'm at in that part of my life. If you listen to that song and knew anything about me, you'd say, 'Oh yeah, he wrote that about his daughter,' but I try not to write them that they are so specific that they wouldn't apply to anybody that has a child.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Daughter #Mother #Song

  • I've had several working-man songs that I like.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Men #Working Man

  • I don't write all my stuff. Everybody always thinks that. But in just about every album I've ever had has been about 50-50 songs I've written or co-written and other people's songs.
    -- Alan Jackson

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • I think for many songwriter/performers, you need to go off by yourself and write the songs to begin with, but then you need people to bring them to life. So you have to be comfortable with solitude and also with being very social.
    -- Alan Licht

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • For some musicians it becomes self-reflexive to think, "I have to write some of my kind of songs now."
    -- Alan Licht

    #Song #Writing #Thinking

  • I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
    -- Alan Lomax

    #Song #Book #Village

  • People were saying that Southern folk song was dead, that the land that had produced American jazz, the blues, the spirituals, the mountain ballads and the work songs had gone sterile.
    -- Alan Lomax

    #Song #Land #People

  • Way back in the day, when I first started and had delusions of adequacy as a cartoonist, I would listen to music. When I switched to a career as a writer, I would try to listen to music, but if the songs had lyrics they would get in the way of the words I was trying to write. So I switched to listening to purely instrumental pieces.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Song #Writing #Careers

  • I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world, but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it. The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
    -- Alan Parsons

    #Sports #Song #Thinking

  • I quite like childlike songs, which sometimes cross over.
    -- Alan Price

    #Song #Sometimes #Crosses

  • I did a couple songs with this hip-hop guy named Tim Dark. He was working in the same studio I've been working in, he heard my music and he said, aw man, I've got to do something with you.
    -- Alan Vega

    #Song #Couple #Dark

  • The singing of sea shanties as working songs at sea is a lost art
    -- Alan Villiers

    #Song #Art #Sea

  • When pain brings you down, don't be silly, don't close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Positive #Song #Pain

  • The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Song #Confused #Opposites

  • Most of the songs are, in a roundabout way, actually addressed to myself, there's a certain aspect of the songs that's very confessional, very unadulterated...It was a very unfettered, spiritual experience.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Spiritual #Song #Way

  • When someone says that I'm angry it's actually a compliment. I have not always been direct with my anger in my relationships, which is part of why I'd write about it in my songs because I had such fear around expressing anger as a woman.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Song #Anger #Writing

  • Typically I go in the studio and whatever I'm contemplating that day will wind up being a song. I don't come in with lyrics... I just go in and let it happen.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Song #Wind #Contemplating

  • Imaginatively Glasgow exists as a music hall song and a few bad novels.
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #Song #Novel #Glasgow

  • There's a song", I say. "There's always a song", he says.
    -- Alaya Dawn Johnson


  • A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs; a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films; a writer just needs to write three great books.
    -- Alber Elbaz

    #Song #Book #Writing

  • I wrote 'Turn Your Radio On' in 1937, and it was published in 1938. At this time radio was relatively new to the rural people, especially gospel music programs. I had become alert to the necessity of creating song titles, themes, and plots, and frequently people would call me and say, 'Turn your radio on, Albert, they're singing one of your songs on such-and-such a station.' It finally dawned on me to use their quote, 'Turn your radio on,' as a theme for a religious originated song, and this was the beginning of 'Turn Your Radio On' as we know it.
    -- Albert E. Brumley

    #Song #Religious #Creating

  • Every true writer is like a bird; he repeats the same song, the same theme, all his life. For me, this theme as always been revolt.
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #Song #Bird #Theme

  • As for me, I used to be a bird with a gentle white womb, someone cut my throat just for laughs, I don’t know. As for me, I used to be a great albatross and whirled over the seas. Someone put an end to my journey, without any charity in the tone of it. But even stretched out on the ground I sing for you now my songs of love.
    -- Alda Merini

    #Song #Cutting #Journey