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Born: 1932-02-16
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I'd hate to be a songwriter starting a career today.

Tags: Career, Hate, Today

When I started writing it was kind of hard getting people to do my stuff. They' say they couldn't do my style.

Tags: Getting, Hard, Writing

I always figured it was best if I write my songs, take them to my publisher and just lay back. There used to be so many things going on - getting to the artist, getting to the publishers - you know, politics. I just didn't want to get mixed up in all of that.

Tags: Best, Politics, Write

I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I've turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it's time to get back at work.

Tags: Good, Time, Work

I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like.

Tags: Great, Music, Put

I used to be with a publishing house called Roosevelt Music. A gentleman there told me he had seen Peggy Lee perform Fever in Las Vegas and I found out later she wanted to record it.

Tags: Music, She, Wanted

I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis' birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people for one of those Elvis days.

Tags: Birthday, College, Speak

There have been many times when I've been asked to appear and I'd say to myself, what am I going to talk about? Early on, when I did interviews, I'd tell everyone, Don't ask me about dates. I don't even remember what I did yesterday.

Tags: Remember, Talk, Tell

When I was young, I just sat down and started playing Chopsticks at the piano. I got so far and then lost interest. Eventually, I regained it and started writing songs.

Tags: Lost, Writing, Young

It is, alas, chiefly the evil emotions that are able to leave their photographs on surrounding scenes and objects and whoever heard of a place haunted by a noble deed, or of beautiful and lovely ghosts revisiting the glimpses of the moon?

Tags: Beautiful, Evil, Place

And so with all things: names were vital and important.

Tags: Names, Vital

But the wicked passions of men's hearts alone seem strong enough to leave pictures that persist; the good are ever too luke-warm.

Tags: Alone, Good, Men

And if thought and emotion can persist in this way so long after the brain that sent them forth has crumpled into dust, how vitally important it must be to control their very birth in the heart, and guard them with the keenest possible restraint.

Tags: Brain, Control, Heart

His imagination conceived and bore - worlds; but nothing in these worlds became alive until he discovered its true and living name. The name was the breath of life; and, sooner or later, he invariably found it.

Tags: Life, Living, True

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