Don't let your eyes refuse to seeDon't let your ears refuse to hear
Well, I looked my demons in the eyes
laid bare my chest, said 'Do your best, destroy me.
You see, I’ve been to hell and back so many times,
I must admit you kind of bore me.
We all have that inner voice that is wise, even if we don't always follow it. It's that voice I'm trying to listen to.
There's nothing in the world so sad as talking to a man who never knew his life was his for making.
Well it's the hurt I hide that fuels the fires
Every song asks to be sung in a different way.
The thing I love about music is that you can take things that are painful, deep things that hurt you, and you can turn them into something beautiful.
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters
I can't get excited by my own music. It's impossible.
I am very self-critical, but that's a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.
You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.
I want to be in control of my own destiny.
You have to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you.
It's so easy to get caught up in your own experiences. They can seem so important. But there are billions and billions of other experiences going on.
I feel calm when I'm on my own.
Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin' gold Turnin' from the past, at last and all I've left behind.
There's a real sense of desperation when you grow up in poverty.
My voice sucks. I don't like the tone.
When I pick up the guitar, it's a melody, and that's what drives the lyrics. It's bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.
I need space between me and the audience - and the more space the better.
I'm a very emotional person.
I want to write music that will outlive me.
I'd much rather be playing songs than talking to people.
Writing songs is not something I wanted to share with people for a long time. It was precious to me. I didnt want someone to crush it. I waited until I felt strong enough to take the criticism.
I refused then like I do now to let anybody tie me down
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