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A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that
by Levon Helm

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that
I should get in the musicians' union.
He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job,
son.
- Levon Helm

I like to get within handshaking distance of the crowd.
If it happens, they know it, we know it,
and that's all we came here for.
- Levon Helm

You can either make it come around or you can't.
By the time we would be ready to record a song,
we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
- Levon Helm

If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song,
a night off usually fixes it.
- Levon Helm

 

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me.
- Levon Helm

I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy.
I'm not sick of the road or sick of eating in good
restaurants around the country.
I like to travel.
- Levon Helm

There were no rules, other than that the song should
sound good and be fun to play.
- Levon Helm

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Good times don't last long sometimes.
- Levon Helm

My dad and I played music.
He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home.
- Levon Helm

I like walking on the edge.
- Levon Helm

I don't fool with a lot of things that I can't have fun with.
There's not much reward in that.
- Levon Helm

If things are going slow, I'm itchy.
- Levon Helm

Don't we all want what's best for each other?
- Levon Helm

When the second record came out, they started calling it The Band.
I voted to call it The Crackers.
I'm no fool.
- Levon Helm

Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs.
- Levon Helm

If you pour some music on whatever's wrong,
it'll sure help out.
- Levon Helm

We're all dealt with the same hand here,
so to speak.
I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people.
I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.
- Levon Helm

With horns and a full rhythm section,
the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.
- Levon Helm

I was in high school, trying to get out of high school.
The only thing slowing me up was grades.
- Levon Helm

Anytime I switch to another instrument,
I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so
that I can understand it better.
- Levon Helm

The crowd is just as important as the group.
It takes everything to make it work.
- Levon Helm

By the time The Band did The Last Waltz,
the chemistry had changed, and it wasn't a thrill anymore
to live that studio kind of life.
- Levon Helm

I love horns, and the bigger the band,
the better it sounds to my ear.
- Levon Helm

We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.
- Levon Helm

I've had all the lessons I could get.
I've learned from everybody I've ever met.
- Levon Helm

If you give it good concentration, good energy,
good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
- Levon Helm

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up.
He had a series of good bands.
I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me.
And he did a couple of times.
- Levon Helm

I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot.
And I like the Yamaha people a lot too.
They've been really nice to me and The Band.
- Levon Helm

The Band never really played big concert tours.
We never sold millions and millions of albums.
- Levon Helm

Well, somebody's got to sing.
They won't hire you unless you sing.
- Levon Helm

The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can.
You can either get it to breathe or you can't.
- Levon Helm

The rock star stuff never came up for us.
The Band was never attacked by groupies before,
during or after any show that we ever played.
- Levon Helm

Most of our stuff was trial and error.
You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on,
you play the song and you listen to it.
- Levon Helm

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end,
it's hard for me to resist.
- Levon Helm

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor,
a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
- Levon Helm

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group,
but we had a pretty good time while we did.
- Levon Helm

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.
- Levon Helm

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
- Epictetus

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- Maya Angelou

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The finest kind of friendship is between people
who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Anonymous

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that
they can grow separately without growing apart.
- Elisabeth Foley

The easiest kind of friendship for me
is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
- Henry David Thoreau

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A best friend is like a four leaf clover,
hard to find and lucky to have.
- Anonymous

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend is one before whom I can think aloud.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Throw your dreams into space like a kite,
and you do not know what it will bring back,
a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
- Anais Nin

A new friend is like new wine;
when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In everyone's life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.
- Albert Schweitzer

Your friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

A true friend is one who believes in you
when you have ceased to believe in yourself.
- Anonymous


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