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" You know why divorces are so expensive? They're worth it. "
" Waylon Jennings and I had a lot of fun recording together. "
" We've already been reincarnated about a million times, maybe. It doesn't make sense any other way. "
" I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young. There were a lot of African Americans working out there. A lot of Mexicans - the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans, all out there singing, and it was like an opera in the cotton fields, and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today. "
" There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies. "
" You could make any song sound creepy if you wanted. It's all about the inflection. "
" When I was about 12, I had my first paying gig - 8 dollars to play rhythm guitar in a polka band. Pretty soon, I ended up playing in all the bars within driving distance of Abbott, Texas. "
" I didn't come here and I ain't leavin'. "
" I think Ray Charles did as much as anybody when he did his country music album. Ray Charles broke down borders and showed the similarities between country music and R&B. "
" I just enjoy both working and not working. "
" I'm from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there's no one in control. "
" I would like to see more airplay for all artists, no matter what age. I think there's a lot of money being spent toward the young guys, but a lot of the older guys are the ones who blazed the trail for those young guys. "
" Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do. I thought I could make it by my own talents. That's what I wanted to prove. "
" Anybody can be unhappy. We can all be hurt. You don't have to be poor to need something or somebody. Rednecks, hippies, misfits - we're all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn't matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless. "
" If you got the money honey I got the time and when you run out of money honey I run out of time. "
" Don't try to change anybody. And they should let you be yourself, 'You loved me when you met me, so let's keep going!' "
" The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite. "
" I think most people realize that our problems are our government, not me and you individually, except that we can - must have some sort of responsibility, because they're in there and they were elected, so we have to defend ourselves on those lines. "
" Everything about Sinatra was good. He had the ability to pick great songs, and once Sinatra had sung them, that pretty much was it. He pretty much put his stamp on everything. "
" Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues. "
" I'm a romantic slob! "
" Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play. "
" I guess if you can't sing, you better have a style! "
" I like to stick with music I know I can play. I love classical, but I don't think I could ever play it. I'm just not qualified. "
" Most of the stuff I've read about me has been true. "
" Freedom is control in your own life. I have more control now than in the past, and I'm learning the value of saying no. That's very important. "
" I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times. "
" I just enjoy both working and not working. And fortunately, I work enough where I get that out of my system, and then we take a few days off, take a rest. "
" I'm not prejudiced in any way that I can think of. That's just not the guy I am. "
" There's a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world. "
" When you're singing, you're using extra muscles, and it requires a lot of exercise and breathing. You can't do that if you're a sissy. If I have any fitness advice for people, I'd tell them to sing more. It's good therapy, too. "