From the dark end of the street -- To the bright side of the road -- We'll be lovers once again on the -- Bright side of the road
Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing.
I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity
[In] I Forgot That Love Existed, ... If my heart could do the thinking/ And my head begin to feel/ Then I'd look upon the world anew/ And know what's truly real.
I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.
Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.
[10.] Cleaning Windows ... Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast.
I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple.
His sound was stunning -- it was the blues, it was R
hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul
and I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky. and i will never grow so old again, and i will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain...
I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me, not what someone thinks I am. People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous.
When I started you were more in touch with the people you were playing to. There wasn't the distance or the separation that there is now.
People think I'm eccentric, cranky. If I'm eccentric because I've never been into mainstream things, then I am eccentric.
The people I was listening to never sold a lot of records. John Lee Hooker was never on the charts, so I was never in it from a commercial point of view. Other people expected things from my records, but I never did.
Hearing the blues changed my life.
I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences led me to do what I had to do. I don't have any regrets whatsoever.
There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.
There's always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That's what life is made of. I don't know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.
Music to me is spontaneous, writing is spontaneous and it's all based on not trying to do it. From beginning to end, whether it's writing a song, or playing guitar, or a particular chord sequence, or blowing a horn, it's based on improvisation and spontaneity.
You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.
The future is keeping you out of the present time.
These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over.
The odd time something happens and you go into some kind of enchantment (on stage). But you have to work very hard to get that. Most of the time you're just playing and singing the songs, and there's no guarantee that you are going to get anywhere....