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Quote of the day, May 17

May 17, 2017

The Jam, from “Standards”

Oh we make the standards and we make the rules
And if you don’t abide by them you must be a fool
We have the power to control the whole land
You never must question our motives or plans –
‘Cause we’ll outlaw your voices, do anything we want
We’ve nothing to fear from the nation
We’ll throw you out of your houses if you get too much
If we have to we’ll destroy your generation …

Quote of the day, May 16

May 17, 2017

Billy Bragg, from “It Says Here”

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they’d rather you believe
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress …

Quote of the day, May 9

May 9, 2017

R.E.M., from “World Leader Pretend”

I sit at my table and wage war on myself
It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing
I know the barricades
And I know the mortar in the wall breaks
I recognise the weapons, I’ve used them well

This is my mistake
Let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down

I’ve a rich understanding of my finest defences
I proclaim that claims are left unstated
I demand a rematch

I decree a stalemate
I divine my deeper motives
I recognise the weapons
I’ve practised them well
I fitted them myself

It’s amazing what devices you can sympathize
Empathise
This is my mistake, let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down ….

Quote of the day, May 6

May 6, 2017

REM, from “Orange Crush”

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me (oh, oh)

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me (oh, oh)

High on the booze
In a tent
Paved with blood
Nine inch howl
Brave the night
Chopper comin’ in, you hopeĀ …

 

Quote of the day, April 25

April 25, 2017

Itzhak Perlman, on teaching

“One of the main things about teaching is not what you say but what you don’t say. When you hear someone play, you have to work out the way they do things naturally and then leave them alone, because you want the naturalness to be there still.”

 

Quote of the day, April 12

April 13, 2017

Ryan Adams, from “Stay with Me”

Love, when you call my name,
It sends me running into the flame
I love you baby, just treat me right
Hold me closer in the middle of the night
I love you girl, and it’s alright
Stay with me …

Quote of the day, March 15

March 15, 2017

Igor Stravinsky, on composing

“I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 8

February 8, 2017

Little Village, from “Don’t Think about Her When You’re Trying to Drive”

A heart in your condition
Shouldn’t be out on that road tonight
Bad clutch and your load keeps shiftin’
But hold on, Buddy you’ll be alright
You’ll wake tomorrow morning
You’ll probably be in Memphis or somewhere
And they won’t know one thing about her

Those lips, those eyes, that hair

Don’t think aboyt her
Move on, you’re lucky just to be alive
You’ll live without her
Just don’t you think about her
When you’re tryin’ to drive

Quote of the day, Jan. 24

January 25, 2017

Pete Townshend, from “Substitute”

Substitute your lies for facts …

 

Quote of the day, Jan. 23

January 23, 2017

Elvis Costello, from “Brilliant Mistake”

He thought he was the King of America
Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine
Now I try hard not to become hysterical
But I’m not sure if I am laughing or crying
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin’ feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
It was a fine idea at the time
Now it’s a brilliant mistake …