Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre, just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?
You are what you settle for. You are only as much as you settle for.
I don't know what happened. I just exploded. I'd never sung like that before. I used to stand still and sing simple, but you can't sing like that in front of a rock band. You have to sing loud and move wild with all that in back of you. Now, I don't know how to perform any other way.
People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
I'd rather not sing than sing quiet.
I had a lot of hurts and confusions. You know, it's hard when you're a kid to be different. You're all full of things, and you don't know that it's about.
You got to get it while you can.
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz - My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
At least we know we tend to be afraid. If you object to my plural noun, I'll retract it.
Maybe my audiences can enjoy my music more if they think I'm destroying myself.
Don't go looking for Mr. Right. Look for Mr. Right Now.
I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
I can't talk about my singing; I'm inside it. How can you describe something you're inside of?
Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer.
Honey, if you've had your eye on a piece of talent and that chick down the road has been getting all the action, then you know what you gotta do... Try A Little Bit Harder.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle ----- [expletive deleted by the New York Times], maybe they'll have a second thought - that they can be themselves and win.
Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
You can't stay in your home town and play because the two people will get tired of seeing you.
I started singing rhythmically, and now I'm learning from Otis Redding to push a song instead of just sliding over it
At my concerts most of the chicks are looking for liberation, they think I'm gonna show 'em how to do it.
They asked me, How did you learn to sing the blues like that? How did you learn to sing that heavy? I just opened my mouth and that's what I sounded like. You can't make up something that you don't feel. I didn't make it up. I just opened my mouth and it existed.
I love being a star more than life itself.
I talk to the audience, look into their eyes. I need them and they need me.
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