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All Quotes by author - Muddy Waters
" I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory. "
" If you got something you don't want other people to know, keep it in your pocket. "
" I got up one Christmas morning and we didn't have nothing to eat. We didn't have an apple, we didn't have an orange, we didn't have a cake, we didn't have nothing. "
" I rambled all the time. I was just like that, like a rollin' stone. "
" I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn. "
" I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn't play ball too good - I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn't preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing. "
" I wanted to get out of Mississippi in the worst way. Go back? What I want to go back for? "
" I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn't exactly know it, but I just didn't like the way things were down there-in Mississippi. "
" I was messing around with the harmonica... but I was 13 before I got a real good note out of it. "
" I was so wild and crazy and dumb in my car. It didn't run but 30 miles an hour. You made do. "
" I went to school, but they didn't give you too much schooling because just as soon as you was big enough, you get to working in the fields. I guess I was a big boy for my age. "
" Man, you don't know how I felt that afternoon when I heard that voice and it was my own voice. "
" My grandmother, she say I shouldn't be playing. I should go to church. Fially, I say I'm going do this, I'm going do it. And she got where she didn't bother me about it. "
" Now that I'm gettin' old enough to get some money, I'd like to have some money. I don't get much made, I need to conquer a big chunk of money. Not quit playin' but quit playin' so hard. "
" Of course that was my idol, Son House. I think he did a lot for the Mississippi slide down there. "
" Oh, I started out young. They handed me a cotton sack when I was about 8 years old. Give me a little small one, tell me to fill it up. I never did like the farm but I was out there with my grandmother, didn't want to get away from around her too far. "
" Our little house was way back in the country. We had one house close to us, and hell the next one would've been a mile. If you got sick, you could holler and wouldn't nobody hear you. "
" Robert Johnson? No, I didn't know him, personally. "
" Saturday night is your big night. Everybody used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time. Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich. And be glad of it. And they really liked the low-down blues. "
" That Mississippi sound, that Delta sound is in them old records. You can hear it all the way through. "
" There's no way in the world I can feel the same blues the way I used to. When I play in Chicago, I'm playing up-to-date, not the blues I was born with. People should hear the pure blues - the blues we used to have when we had no money. "
" You get a heck of a sound from the church. Can't you hear it in my voice? "
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