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The blues is losing someone you love and not having
by Henry Rollins

The blues is losing someone you love and not having
enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
- Henry Rollins

The only difference between me and others is that they
think they can change something with cute little poems,
nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
- Henry Rollins

I want to change things for the better,
just like everybody else.
- Henry Rollins

Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
- Henry Rollins

 

This is my 25th year of being on stage.
A lot of people who I kind of toed up to the starting
line with are no longer in this position.
I feel very, very lucky.
- Henry Rollins

Life will not break your heart.
It'll crush it.
- Henry Rollins

I forged myself out of a vacuum.
I crawl along the highway on hacked off stumps year after year.
Some wonder how and why.
I never do.
- Henry Rollins

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Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
- Henry Rollins

I can only write about personal stuff,
about my point of view.
- Henry Rollins

Don't do anything by half.
If you love someone, love them with all your soul.
When you go to work, work your ass off.
When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.
- Henry Rollins

So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies.
I take it seriously when I'm on the set,
but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.
- Henry Rollins

I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.
- Henry Rollins

In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape the Born in the USA record.
- Henry Rollins

What I don't want to do is go out there and not be able to mean it,
you know?
- Henry Rollins

I don't mind The Boss.
I think he's an honest guy.
I have some of his records, not all of them.
I've met a couple of the E-Street guys,
and they seem really cool.
- Henry Rollins

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue.
Realize the strength, move on.
- Henry Rollins

There's no such thing as an ex-junkie.
- Henry Rollins

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
- Henry Rollins

Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set
out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because
trying to impress people just isn't worth the time and effort.
- Henry Rollins

Sometimes the truth hurts.
And sometimes it feels real good.
- Henry Rollins

I am an optimist because I want to change things for
the better and I know that blood has to be spilled
and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
- Henry Rollins

Keep your blood clean, your body lean,
and your mind sharp.
- Henry Rollins

Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out,
giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form,
in which medium.
- Henry Rollins

It is just that I don't want a wife and I don't want kids.
- Henry Rollins

As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
- Henry Rollins

I can deal with people who watch me on stage but I
am not good in communicating with people any other
way than through my work.
- Henry Rollins

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention.
To not be like your parents.
To not be like your friends.
To be yourself.
To cut yourself out of stone.
- Henry Rollins

I think about the meaning of pain.
Pain is personal.
It really belongs to the one feeling it.
Probably the only thing that is your own.
I like mine.
- Henry Rollins

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
- Henry Rollins

Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about.
I love to perform.
- Henry Rollins

I love to go on stage and sing.
- Henry Rollins

Nothing brings people together more,
then mutual hatred.
- Henry Rollins

To hate is to show you still care, who needs that,
focus on what's really important.
- Henry Rollins

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner,
but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring
people than I feel on my own.
- Henry Rollins

I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright.
- Henry Rollins

I don't believe in fate or destiny.
I believe in various degrees of hatred,
paranoia, and abandonment.
However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter -
it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you.
- Henry Rollins

I'm 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her,
I'd also be marrying her former life,
her past.
It might be OK for some people - I don't want to judge it or anything -
but it's not for me.
It would destroy my creativity.
- Henry Rollins

So I'm more at home with my backpack,
sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane,
than I am necessarily on a bed.
It's weird being here.
It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.
- Henry Rollins

Well, we run my ship differently.
Any offer that comes in, I yay or nay it,
no matter how insane it is.
Like, if someone asks me if I'm interested in doing a porn film,
the answer to that is going to be no,
but it comes to me anyway.
I'm responsible for making the call.
- Henry Rollins

I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out,
give the audience all you've got.
Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same.
It isn't supposed to be easy.
- Henry Rollins

I just get things done instead of talking about getting them done.
I don't go out and party.
I don't smoke, drink or do drugs and I'm not married,
that leaves a lot of time for my work.
- Henry Rollins

I mean I appreciate fan mail and that the people like
what I am doing but I can't answer it.
If I would answer 25 letters a day I would be just
a guy answering mail and not an artist anymore.
- Henry Rollins

I don't mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate
my fans but talking about what I am doing is not something I'm good at.
I do what I do and that's it.
I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.
- Henry Rollins

I'm most in my element on tour, with a gig that day,
like today.
I'm on the road where I am supposed to be.
I will be where I'm supposed to be at nighttime,
on stage, in front of people, doing my thing.
- Henry Rollins

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

The blues tells a story in itself.
It can make you happy or give you a feeling to swing.
- Jimmy Rushing

I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my
best buildings and I stand by that.
- Harry Seidler

If I'm at a party and someone puts on a Blues Brothers tape,
I tend to go nuts.
- Todd Barry

I love good rock'n'roll, blues and jazz,
gospel, and a little reggae.
- Jerry Hall

I went back to Belfast and started a club,
the Maritime.
No one had thought about doing a blues club,
so I was the first.
- Van Morrison

Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.
- Dan Castellaneta

God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old,
singing the blues, you know?
- Joe Cocker

Them pains, when blues pains grab you,
you'll sing the blues right.
- Otis Rush

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
- Jimi Hendrix

You don't have to live the blues to play the blues.
- Herbie Mann

When you are through with the blues,
you've got nothing to rest on.
- Mahalia Jackson

But I did that, and I created another blues scene,
another something I can sing about.
- Luther Allison

Well, I don't know how they define that.
But they have this Texas blues thing blown kinda out of proportion.
I am a Long John Hunter blues, before and after,
that's what I am.
- John Hunter

Then I started checking out blues albums from the library
and playing the harp along with them.
- John Goodman

I didn't want to go out and change anything.
I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background,
which was rock and blues and hip-hop.
- Kid Rock

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and
some of those Sun Records blues guys.
- Brian Setzer

When I started workin' with Muddy.
That convinced me that I could get away with doin' the blues.
- Johnny Winter

I like blues but it is music I am too ignorant to understand.
- Barry Gibb

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
- Mahalia Jackson

I go out with my band six months of the year and the
rest of them with the Blues Brothers.
- Eddie Floyd

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar,
as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues.
All of it.
I did the same thing with my voice.
- Boz Scaggs

But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues,
it's green now.
- Ruth Brown

I just like the blues better than rock 'n' roll.
- Johnny Winter

I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze
can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober.
- Charlie Rich

The blues brings you back into the fold.
The blues isn't about the blues, it's about we have
all had the blues and we are all in this together.
- Peter Tork


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