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.
There's nothing in the world so sad as talking to a man who never knew his life was his for making.
You have to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you.
I am very self-critical, but that's a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.
Every song asks to be sung in a different way.
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.
Well it's the hurt I hide that fuels the fires
I'm a very emotional person.
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters
I need space between me and the audience - and the more space the better.
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'd much rather be playing songs than talking to people.
I can't get excited by my own music. It's impossible.
I want to write music that will outlive me.
You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.
It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time.
My backstory is so tedious.
I'm a private person.
There's a real sense of desperation when you grow up in poverty.
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.
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.
When I think of folk music, I think of topical songs. And I don't write topical songs.
I refused then like I do now to let anybody tie me down
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.
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