It's not the size of the ship; it's the size of the waves.
I gave up rock 'n' roll for the rock of ages! I used to be a glaring homosexual until God changed me!
I thank God for Elvis Presley. I thank the Lord for sending Elvis to open the door so I could walk down the road.
When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
Elvis was God-given, there's no other explanation. A Messiah comes around
every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.
I got fame and fortune, and I lost my sense of reasoning.
I let people know that it was all right to do the kinds of things I did.
They shoulda called me Little Cocaine, I was sniffing so much of the stuff! My nose got big enough to back a diesel truck in, unload it, and drive it right out again.
Rock 'n' roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt. It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters - twelve children.
I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
I look back on my life, comin' out of Macon, Georgia - I never thought I'd be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life.
I don't think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
And I don't get down on nobody else for doing whatever else they do. To each his own.
Like, my mother would have company over, and I would sing so they'd pay attention to me.
If at first you don't succeed, you get back up and you try ... and you try ... and you try it again ... except ice skating, I hate this crap, I quit!
That's what Tina Turner did, too - sang blues up-tempo - and they called it rock 'n' roll.
I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
I also like the banging piano - that old good-time piano.
I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.
I am the architect of rock n' roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.
I don't give the devil credit for creating nothing.
Plus I love Tanya Tucker and I love country music.
I only wore makeup when I went onstage.
I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.
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