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" All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it. "
" I was born in London 1947, after the war. A real wartime baby. I went to school in Brixton, and then I moved up to Yorkshire, which is in the north of England. I lived on the farms up there. "
" I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does. "
" I'm not very articulate. "
" Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them. "
" The humanists' replacement for religion: work really hard and somehow you'll either save yourself or you'll be immortal. Of course, that's a total joke, and our progress is nothing. There may be progress in technology but there's no ethical progress whatsoever. "
" Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity. "
" I thought that I wrote songs and wrote music, and that was sort of what I thought I was best at doing. And because nobody else was ever doing my songs, I felt - you know, I had to go out and do them. "
" My father worked for a children's home called Dr. Barnardo's Homes. They're a charity. "
" I'll tell you who I absolutely adore: Ian McEwan. "
" For me, often, there's such a cloud of melancholia about knowing I'm going to have to leave my daughter on her own. I don't know what age that is going to be, thank God. It just doubles me up in grief. "
" These are all personal crises, I'm sure, that I manifest in a song format and project into physical situations. You make little stories up about how you feel. It's as simple as that. "
" The Americans at heart are a pure and noble people; things to them are in black and white. It's either 'rawk' or it's not. We Brits putter around in the grey area. "
Black And White
" I was never particularly fond of my voice. "
" There are half a dozen subjects that I return to time and time again, and that doesn't bother me. Because most of my favorite writers do that, to hunt down the same topic or theme from different directions each time. "
" Anxiety and spiritual searching have been consistent themes with me, and that figures into my worldview. But I tend to make my songs sound like relationship songs. "
" It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be. "
" My son's full real name is Duncan Zowie Haywood. As a toddler, he was called by his second name Zowie. But it was such an identifiable name during the Seventies that if I called him loudly in public places, everyone would turn to stare, so I started calling him Joey to take the pressure off. "
" It is amazing how a new child can refocus one's direction seconds after its birth. "
" I've always regretted that I never was able to talk openly with my parents, especially with my father. I've heard and read so many things about my family that I can no longer believe anything; every relative I question has a completely different story from the last. "
" I think, generally, I just cannot really envision life without writing and producing records and singing. "
" I still derive immense pleasure from remembering how many hod-carrying brickies were encouraged to put on lurex tights and mince up and down the high street, having been assured by know-it-alls like me that a smidgen of blusher really attracted the birds. "
" I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking. "
" I've always tended to write songs prolifically. "
" I would drive to gigs in my tiny little Fiat. I would shoot up and down the M1 to play at various places. "
Up And Down
" I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean, I actually stopped creating characters in 1975 - for albums, anyway. "
" Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man. "
" The name Zahra was to have been lman's own name at birth, but a senior member of the family changed it to lman at the last minute. "
" Age doesn't bother me. So many of my heroes were older guys. It's the lack of years left that weighs far heavier on me than the age that I am. "
" I've made over 25 studio albums, and I think probably I've made two real stinkers in my time, and some not-bad albums, and some really good albums. I'm proud of what I've done. In fact it's been a good ride. "
" I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image. "