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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso

"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul

"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom

"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan

"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson

"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus

"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" - shoot the piano player

"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits

"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie

"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello

"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell

"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" - laurie anderson

"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity bom. -john cale

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"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy

"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly

"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music

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"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones

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"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex

"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector

"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen

"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe

"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons

"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen

"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy

brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk

ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch

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#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun

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"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash

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#1035: mother maybelle carter - gold watch and chain (c. 1961)

"sometimes when john was in bad shape, june would have him stay at her house on due west avenue in nashville and try to take care of him. john was after june to marry him, but she wouldn’t let him move in with her. so whenever june took john in, mother maybelle would move in and care for him like he was her own son. on some occasions she’d nurse him back to pretty good health, but he often didn’t stay that way for any length of time.” - marshall grant, i was there when it happened

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#927: johnny and june carter cash - in the sweet by and by (the billy graham crusdades) 

"i wouldn’t have made it this far if god hadn’t sent this lady to me. i like—i can’t—i can’t compare my life too closely with that of the apostle paul, because he was a saint and i’m not, but he had to have his ananias, and i had to have my june carter, and it worked really good for me in keeping me alive a lot of times. please make welcome, june carter cash." - johnny cash & the super groovy music video spectacular wish you a very happy sunday morning.

see also: seven things johnny cash makes look intimidating 

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#926: bobbie gentry - fancy (don’t let me down) (1970, johnny cash show)

see the mississippi river delta queen with painted-up eyes and lips in a red bell-bottomed jumpsuit with white trim singing about looking into the mirror to see painted-up eyes and lips over a red satin velvet-trim dancing dress, which would be totally meta if it weren’t for the really glaring trim and jumpsuit discrepancies. another worse problem is that if you can tear yourself away from johnny cash’s introduction and ms. gentry’s pipes and the terrific blue-eyed strings supporting them, fancy is a song about child prostitution? with cockroaches, a starving sibling taken by protective services, a cruel mother, dabbed perfume, and a congressman john? it has a happy ending, though.

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#768: johnny cash with mother maybelle and the carter family, tommy and roseanne cash, carl perkins, bill monroe, tanya tucker, larry gatlin, brush arbor, and the tennessee three - daddy sang bass (1973, johnny cash’s country music special)

tell me there’s some thing in the entire universe that’s more romantic than the quick jump johnny cash’s eyebrows do when he says june carter cash’s name, and i will tell you you’re a liar. it alone makes this version better than the san quentin daddy sang bass rendition, theoretically, but for god’s sake who’s to say? daddy sang bass is daddy sang bass.

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#734: jimmie rodgers - blue yodel #1 (t for texas) (1930, the singing brakeman)

nothing’s more important on a sunday morning than jimmie rodgers, not orange juice or cereal or johnny cash. the reason that he sounded like he became a railroad breakman at age 14 is because he did—until, as happens to so many of us, his pulmonary hemorrhage pushed him from work into the medicine show circuit. after a turbucluous diagnosis he discharged himself from the hospital to start a trio with bandmates named elsie and slim. he was a national phenomenon by the end of the 1920s, and dying before the mid-1930s, when a cot was set up in the rca records studio so he could lie down between songs.

the difference between jimmie rodgers and me is that i have to lie down because pouring a second glass of o.j. is absolutely exhausting.

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#1: riding a nice red tractor
seven things johnny cash makes look intimidating
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#702: johnny cash - these hands (1970, the johnny cash show)

"we dedicate this song especially to the laboring man, to the farmer, to the man who works in the dirt with his two hands. in most places machines have replaced the mules or the horses and the plow; and when your hands have rested from the plow, or like labors, this could be your song."

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#554: emmylou harris & ricky skaggs - hello stranger (live, 1980)

would you rather be a.p. carter or ricky skaggs? there are benefits to both. on the one hand your full name would be alvin pleasant delaney carter, you’d be the patriarch of the carter family, and johnny cash’s father-in-law’s brother, plus you’d be able to write songs like this one. but on the other hand if you’re ricky skaggs you get to play the mandolin, have a mean mustache, and sing harmony with emmylou harris on a.p. carter songs.

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#528: derek and the dominos - it’s too late (johnny cash show, 1970)

layla and other assorted love songs is such a frigidly stone-cold classic that its ninth-best song (behind, in order of increasing awesomeness, why does love got to be so sad, keep on growing, nobody knows you when you’re down and out, i looked away, anyday, little wing, layla and of course bell bottom blues) sounds as crisp as any other eric clapton live recording i can recall. it is rotisserie roasted to perfection, and that’s without derek and the dominoes’ slide guitarist duane allman playing along. clapton’s mutton chops even look as good as johnny cash’s pompadour.

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