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" I can read a chord chart, but I couldn't read a note chart. "
" Do everything according to God, and be nice, and treat other people the way you would like to be treated. "
" What I try to do is live with myself and please me. If I can't do that, I can't please anybody else or live with anybody else. "
" If you've got a good melody and a good story married together, that's a good sign for hit-song material. "
" I don't hold grudges. "
" I'll tell you, my dad played and sang, and it didn't take me long to figure out that playing a guitar was a whole lot better than getting ahold of a hoe handle or chopping cotton, man. "
" I would have been content to just do studio work, making it on my own never really entered my mind. "
" Some things I don't want to remember. "
" I'd have to pick cotton for a year to make what I'd make in a week in L.A. "
" All my records - 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix,' 'Wichita Lineman,' 'Galveston,' 'Rhinestone Cowboy,' 'Dreams of the Everyday Housewife' - they all had strings on them. "
" Daddy - I remember when he first let me drive the cultivator for him, you know... He eased you into the hard work that you had to do later. "
" I used to be just a total jazz freak. People used to say, 'Where's the melody? Is there a melody in there anywhere?' Now I let the music follow the song. "
" I've laughed, and I've cried. Laughing has got it over crying. "
" I'm from so far back in the sticks that they had to pump the light in there. "
" TV is just an incredible media. "
" It was Dec. 22, 1981. I figured I had messed up enough, and I decided to have a little faith and let God take over. It definitely straightened my act up in a hurry. "
" I don't really classify 'Wichita Lineman' as country. "
" I'm running my life according to what I know to be true from the Bible and the old scribes. "
" The very first big one I had was 'Turn Around and Look At Me.' "
" With the TV shows, you get eight zillion people watching you. I was really surprised at the way everything went. I knew television was powerful, but that was just... wow. "
" I like to play golf. You know, make a little money, lose a little money. Get 10 bucks, lose 20 bucks. "
" There's a longing in country music that can soften even the rockiest heart. "
" I've been singing and playing the guitar ever since I can remember. "
" We moved to Los Angeles because our daughter wanted to go to Pepperdine. "
" I felt my music wasn't aiming at anybody. Everything I was doing was because it was a good song. "
" Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one. "
" I play guitar, and it's not a prop. "
" We lived on the farm, and our mode of transportation was wagon and team. No electricity. I'm the seventh son of 12 kids - eight boys and four girls. Mom and Dad handled that very well. But I wanted to get out. "
" You don't play around with a good song. You try to just say it right in the proper place, and if you get the music and voice in tune, you'll be all right. That's always worked for me. "
" Success is not getting what you want, it's enjoying what you have. "
" I have been very blessed with some great songs. "