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After I finished reading the major works, then I would read their biography or autobiography. It's important to read their books first, because then when you read the biography or autobiography, you know what they're about.
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After I got out of radio, it took me several years to get back to where I could type in anything but upper case. We'd just lock that thing down and write these commercials. I got to where I couldn't find the shift button. Occupational hazard.
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After I got to be a recording artist and I got hot and everything, I developed an ego. After a while I knew everything. I thought I knew how this thing is done.
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After I retired and came off the road, I gathered up all my musical instruments and suddenly, I wanted them all to be perfect.
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Faulkner was almost oriental. I never got into Faulkner.
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For a while I was kind of a traveling disc jockey. Every time a radio station a few miles down the road would offer me ten more dollars a week, I would move to that radio station.
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For an organization to set out to change the entire image of an art form seems like a colossal, phenomenal undertaking. And then to succeed is a marvelous success.
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I always kept these musical instruments around because they were part of my economy. When I got to Nashville and got into it professionally, I had a road manager.
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I am a fan of history.
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I came to my publisher and said, I think I'll go back into radio and just write radio copy and live a normal life. He said, What's your idea of being a songwriter is what's mine.
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I grew up in a church. I'm not a theologian or anything, but I studied some of the origins and history of religion. Books were out there.
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I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel, so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill.
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I have a plan here. I don't want them to have to have a benefit to bury me.
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I have had hundreds of people work for me over the years, and I don't think I ever fired anybody.
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I have my own religion. I'm sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.
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I look for small incidents in my life that taught me a lesson.
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I love these kids. I think they're better-looking than we were. They sing better than we could. They're making tons of money. I think it's wonderful.
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I love winners when they cry, losers when they try.
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I never fixed a story. I didn't make judgments, I let the listener make judgments. When I got to the end of the story, if it had a moral, I let the listener find it.
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I never hid out. I was never big enough a star.
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I never wanted to get too good or too hot or too big. When I'd drive up to truck stop, I would get off the bus with the band and go in and sit down, eat my chili.
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I played in bars. It was country music, so I knew the repertoire. It was Lefty and Hank.
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I read quite a few autobiographies about some historical people. I read some Greek mythology, Socrates and Plato, that sort of thing.
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I read Sinclair Lewis, Mark Twain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald. It was a great exercise in how words and ideas strung together. That was part of my early training.
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I read some of Joyce - I liked a lot of the early years. I sort of leaned towards that.
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I sort of roamed around the country for a number of years. I went to work in a garment factory when I was 15 years old,.
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I started writing more and more songs, and I got some of them published. For economic reasons I wound up in Nashville.
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I think the nature of songwriters is that they are philosophers, and philosophers have a bent towards poetry and songwriting, so the two run around together.
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I told some of those old guys, Some of us ought to go home and let these kids have it. I think I'll go first. I retired. I couldn't compete with them.
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I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library. I'd pick out an author and I would read all their books.
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I understood that there was such a thing as a Tom T. Hall song - there was something stylistic there.
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I used to get into my car and drive out to an intersection and put my finger out the window to just take off in that direction.
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I was a bachelor and I didn't have any ties. I didn't own anything I couldn't get in the trunk of my car.
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I was always fascinated about writers. I was always a good reader from a very early age.
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I was doing some good stuff and writing some good songs. But I look back at that period, and I must have been hard to be around, someone who knows everything.
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I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
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I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of literacy through reading and writing. I wrote a book of short stories.
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I would go into a small town and work for the radio station, not knowing anybody and not really having a social life.
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I'd just drive around for a couple of weeks, stopping in small towns, beer joints, cafes, road side motels. Nobody knew who I was.
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I'd say, We're only going to be out there for an hour and a half, and if you make a mistake, you're only going to make it once, because we're immediately going onto something else. So don't worry about it.
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I'd write a song and the guy who sang it said, Why don't you sing this? I have plenty of songs of my own.
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I'm a good side man. I think I've been a good guy to work for because I knew what it was like. I never liked to hurt anybody's feelings or make anybody uncomfortable.
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I'm a very comfortable and happy-go-lucky old man. I never wanted to be great, because I'd just get worried.
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I'm very peculiar about my instruments. I gotta change strings every so often. I adjust it so they're a perfect pitch and tone. Now that they're toys, they're very precious to me.
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If Barbara Walters was interviewing me, I'd figure her career was as dead as mine!
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If they want to come out and watch me paint or dig potatoes or mend fences, I don't care.
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If you see a 17-year-old riding around in a pickup listening to Tom T. Hall, there's something wrong with that kid. This kid's gotta be weird if he's riding around listening to my stuff. But it's another generation.
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If you walk into a place with sunglasses and a bodyguard with you, you really get a lot of attention. That's just asking for it.
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In ad copy, you gotta take a three-story department store, and in 1 minute you gotta tell them everything that's in it.
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In the '60s I changed my way. When I got to Nashville, I was trying to write songs, and I was looking around.
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It used to be that you'd have a song recorded by a major country artist and if it was a hit, you could buy a car. Now you can buy a dealership.
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It was my style of writing - I'd tell them exactly what happened and leave the listener the moral options on the song. That's been my biggest success.
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It's not the personal bonding, it's an artistic bonding with people of your kind. I wouldn't see Bobby Bare for a year, but when I did, I didn't say, Oh, Bobby Bare, wow.
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Jerry Kennedy wanted me to make records. I said, I just want to write songs. He said, If you don't record these songs, nobody's ever going to hear 'em. That frightened me.
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Musical instruments were just tools of the trade. You'd bring them home after being on the road for two weeks and chuck the thing over in the corner.
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My best album is called In Search Of A Song. That was my best shot right there. My finest hour, as they say. I could listen to the whole thing all the way through. There's nothing really crammed into it.
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My publisher, it wasn't his idea that I write. It was his idea that he publish songwriting. I decided that on my own that I was going to write.
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My theory is if you have a religion, it's a good one. Because some people don't have any at all.
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People think because you're private, you have something you don't want them to know.
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Religion came along real late in the whole process. We got to where we were a little too comfortable, and we said, Now we have to have a God, too.
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Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
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The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
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The first guy who came up with the concept of religion was sitting out under a tree. I'm sure of that.
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The first time with artistic endeavors is, if it's working, it was your idea, and if it's not, it's somebody else's idea.
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The nature of a songwriter could be philosophical - looking for universal ideas, a way to get the story across as a means of entertaining, provoking thought.
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The way you look for songs, you find yourself looking for little signals and clues about life and how things are.
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There was a bond, a kind of unspoken community thing in the music business.
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There's a lot more money involved in it now than there was when I was in it. A good songwriter made about as much money as a good automatic transmission specialist.
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They start off the interview by saying, Well, I guess you're right in there with all these other guys that think country music is going to hell and all these young kids are ruining it. I don't have that kind of story.
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This generation should entertain this generation. It's only fair. When I was a kid, I mowed the lawn. Now, somebody else's kid can mow the lawn.
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We listen to the new stuff and see if there's anybody we think could do one of our songs.
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When I was in the music business, it's really odd, I had several musical instruments, and I never wanted to sell one.
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When you retire, it's a place in life, a part of the journey. You just don't quit work; you develop an attitude where you can do what you please.
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Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much, Vodka puts my mouth in gear. I hope this refrain, Will help me explain, As a matter of fact, I like beer.
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Young kids are doing the same thing I did, but they're doing it differently. They don't do brain surgery the way they used to do it either.
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