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A fruit that only looks like it's alive. That makes two of us.
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A pair of these, and a pair of those... do you have it in black?
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A Train was born without any effort - if was like writing a letter to a friend.
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All music is beautiful.
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Are you sure this is the correct way?
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Arturo said I can drink. And I know when Arturo tells me I can't drink, I'm in trouble.
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Be careful. Someday I may get angry with you.
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Don't worry. If I really like a shirt, I always buy two.
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Ellington has always been intrigued by Shakespeare because he said Shakespeare certainly knew more about people than anyone he's ever known.
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Ellington has insisted, and when Ellington has insisted, you know what we must do.
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Ellington said, I would like to have you in my organization. So I said, Well, all right.
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Ellington's very fortunate because he has a band, and he plays with the band and writes, too.
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Ever up and onward.
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He's seeing stars again. He's been seeing stars now since Newport.
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I believe silence would be preferable.
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I don't bat an eye when the fellows in the band call me a character.
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I don't feel that I'm playing. It sounds great to somebody else.
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I finally bought myself a piano and learned to play it. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.
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I got into a little thing with members of the band. I wrote it the way the man originally wrote it.
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I got weary of not hearing from Duke. I was still working at the drugstore.
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I had no idea of the distance between New York and Philadelphia. It was all east of Pittsburgh.
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I had the idea for this, and I started it. And I'd go back and add a little more, keep coming back to it. That's how it was done.
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I have almost everything a human could desire. But something is missing.
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I know how it must have been to meet a young man in a town like Pittsburgh. I played and sang for him-he liked me very much, and he gave me an assignment.
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I put together all the ideas in my head and perfected them, then I sat down before the piano and I wrote the tune in a really short time.
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I think everything should happen at halfway to dawn. That's when all the heads of government should meet. I think everybody would fall in love.
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I think when I die I want my ashes thrown into the river by my house in New York City.
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I told Duke, You'll find this in a fugue.
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I was a soda fountain and delivery boy. I worked things up until I was practically a clerk.
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I was getting five dollars an arrangement in Pittsburgh.
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I was in demand, so I became involved in this show.
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I went to the Pittsburgh Musical Institute for a short time. The man who taught me died shortly after I went to study with him. So I didn't stay.
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I'll live a lush life in some small dive.
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I'm an individualist. The rugged kind.
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I'm fine, just a little tired, that's all.
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I'm kept awake by coffee, cigarettes and chewed pencil tips.
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I'm not concerned about anybody but Mama.
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I'm not fit company for man or beast.
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If you have a driver available, could you see if he could pick me up when it's convenient?
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If you want something hard enough, it just gets done.
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Imagine my frustration, with no invitation to dance.
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In order to play and write, it's unique - you either do one or the other.
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In Paris I made an album, and it sounded all right when I heard it there, but that was some months ago.
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Just hail me a cab, because I want to get to Harlem.
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Lemme have the booze. I'll go out and pour it on the windshield, and we should be okay. We can't just sit here all night.
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Let him have all his articles. I'm better off this way. You know I don't need all that.
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Look. I'm as big as you. How do you like that?
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Love has passed me by again. Don't ask me why, I simply cannot tell you.
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Love or not, I wouldn't subject a wife to the road. It's punishment.
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Lush Life, I never intended for it to be published. You have your little private projects? Lush Life was mine.
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May the New Year be as kind to you as you were to me during my illness.
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Mr. Ellington, this is the way you played the number in the show. This is the way I would play it.
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Mr. Ellington, this is the way you played this number in the show. Now this is the way I would play it.
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My family was kind of large and couldn't indulge in me all my wishes.
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My grandmother played the piano, and I used to toddle over there and pick out little things that sounded good to me.
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No good, baby. Whatever you do, don't get this thing.
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Now I don't have to worry. Now I can go in peace.
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Now, I'm all right, Doll Baby, I'm all right. We're going to manage through it.
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Oh, no, this is too much like a hospital. I'll be living there soon enough.
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One thing I wanted was to play the piano, and I wanted that badly. But my family didn't have a piano. You can't learn to play one if you don't have one.
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Romance is mush, stifling those who strive.
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Take one sip at a time. One sip at a time.
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That was Frank Sinatra. He wants me to work for him. What should I do?
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There are some things I want to do for myself for a change. I think I'm going to do them.
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This is Duke's thing. Good for him. I've done my work. I hope you like it. Now, goodbye. I'm going to have a drink now.
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This is how I feel. Like it or leave it.
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To hell with you. I won't write, then.
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We were all out of high school, but the only auditorium we knew was the one in high school. So we went back to the school and put on this show for a grand total of two nights.
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Why would anybody pay money to come and listen to me for an hour and a half? They want to hear Duke, and not me.
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You were born at the wrong time. I think you're an old Russian. you're certainly acting like one.
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You're in a mess, and in excess.
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