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Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a ...
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like walking on the edge.
- Levon Helm

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

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

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

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor,
a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
- 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 things are going slow, I'm itchy.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

Be the chief but never the lord.
- Lao Tzu

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson
(also attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Lord Chesterfield)

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I am the lord of myself, accountable to none.
- Benjamin Franklin

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Lord, grant comfort, joy and health
to those I call friend,
to those I call enemy,
and to those I have cursed by my indifference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

'Tis strange - but true;
for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
- Lord Byron

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
- Psalm 18:2

This is what the Lord asks of you: only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8

Friendship is Love without his wings.
- Lord Byron

Lord, where we are wrong,
make us willing to change;
where we are right,
make us easy to live with.
- Peter Marshall

If you would convince others,
seem open to conviction yourself.
- Lord Chesterfield

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
...
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
- attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
to the third and fourth generations.
- Exodus 20:5

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
- Saint Augustine

I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.
- Oliver North

Our Father and Our God, unto thee, O Lord we lift our souls.
- William Pennington

Put your trust in the Lord and go ahead.
Worry gets you no place.
- Roy Acuff

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

You may think the president is all-powerful,
but he is not.
He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
- Barbara Bush

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Prayer:
Lord God, Holy Spirit, Giver of All Light,
Bless and Keep All Those of This World.
Grant Us Your Peace, Your Light, Your Love.
Grant Us Complete Renewal of Body, Mind and Spirit -
Continual Rebirth in Newness of Life.
Let Your Light Shine Upon Us and Be Gracious to Us.
Grant to Each and Every One of Us:
Health, Comfort, Joy, Peace Within Ourselves,
Peace Within Our Families, Peace Within Our Communities,
and Peace among All those This World.
Grant That I May Be an Instrument of Thy Peace.
Grant That I May Radiate Thy Peace, Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Comfort, Thy Joy,
to All Those Around Me and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More. AMEN.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative
of the dignity of my high vocation,
and its many responsibilities.
Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way
to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
- Mother Teresa

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way
so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
- Emo Philips


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