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John Mellencamp Quotes and Sayings

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This is about black people selling out other black people.
- John Mellencamp

People in Indiana have known me for 25 years.
They've known George Bush four.
- John Mellencamp

I think it's ridiculous to try to sell records to teenagers,
because teenagers don't buy my records.
And there ain't that many teenagers out there in the marketplace.
- John Mellencamp

Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're
only talking about the high school teacher? No.
- John Mellencamp

 

I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records,
though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but
it's really the best single I've ever had.
- John Mellencamp

Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what
she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared.
- John Mellencamp

Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our
future for the first time since the Great Depression.
I don't care whose fault it is, it's the truth.
- John Mellencamp

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When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.
- John Mellencamp

I'm your average Joe guy.
I don't really care for politicians.
- John Mellencamp

If fans are going to turn on me because of this,
they weren't my fans anyway.
I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this.
I had to.
- John Mellencamp

I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago.
My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.
- John Mellencamp

People have the right to say what they want to.
- John Mellencamp

I don't have to worry about any pop sensibility.
I can write adult songs, and I don't have to worry
about choruses and hook lines.
- John Mellencamp

We could walk 3 minutes and be on the beach.
I think the music kind of suffered because of it.
It kind of smelled like Jimmy Buffett,
which is a bad thing.
- John Mellencamp

When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally.
- John Mellencamp

This is not a rock opera.
This is not Tommy.
I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
- John Mellencamp

In so many musicals today, the story is moved forward by a song.
I don't think we're gonna try to do that.
- John Mellencamp

I don't want to be a politician.
I don't like politics.
It's petty; it fights dirty.
- John Mellencamp

A lot of record company people, even though they're our age,
want to be perceived as young hip guys,
and they're hurting the business.
- John Mellencamp

It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.
- John Mellencamp

What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail.
So what? I failed at a lot of things.
My first record was horrible.
- John Mellencamp

What's the difference? One guy's the same as the other.
- John Mellencamp

I thought I knew a lot about music.
Then you start digging and the deeper you go,
the more there is.
- John Mellencamp

I want to sell to people my own age,
because that's the way I write songs.
- John Mellencamp

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs.
He would rework the melody and lyrics,
and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
- John Mellencamp

I'm using my art to comment on what I see.
You don't have to agree with it.
- John Mellencamp

Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't
considered cover records,
but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.
- John Mellencamp

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.
- John Mellencamp

I would never say John Kerry would be a great president.
I will say that George Bush has divided us;
he has filled this country with hatred.
- John Mellencamp

I'm wide open and will entertain anything anybody has to say,
but if it's MTV and radio, well, they're great things,
but can't be the only thing.
I don't know that it would work even for the Beatles.
- John Mellencamp

You cannot expect the guy who drove the car into the
ditch to navigate it out of the ditch.
You have to put a new driver in the seat.
I'm not saying the new driver is going to be any better,
but we need a new driver.
Kerry is the only choice.
- John Mellencamp

My thought was I should try to stick with names that
people may recognize like Robert Johnson,
Son House, and Hoagy Carmichael, so if somebody cared to research,
they would find a wealth of material.
- John Mellencamp

Wait a minute, guys, I have always been on your side.
I have always spoken for you, always tried to put on
a good face for the state of Indiana.
All of a sudden, some of you people think I'm a bad guy?
- John Mellencamp

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

I know how hard it is to be a woman,
especially a black woman.
- Mike Tyson

After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball
history is Reggie Jackson,
I really mean that.
- Reggie Jackson

I'll also say, yes, I think the change in black consciuosness
in recent years has made me more sensitive to injustice
in every area of my life.
- Curt Flood

If O.J.
had been accused of killing his black wife,
you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.
- Al Sharpton

Anybody who runs for president in this country and
comes out as strong as the Democrats were about helping
the poor folks and black folks is not going to win.
- Charles Evers

Trust in yourself.
Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black

There are very few really stark black and white stories.
- Jim Lehrer

In Hollywood through the 50s, there were black,
English, and Middle European housekeepers and maids.
- Bill Condon

There was a chance for me to write one song for the
section where Elvis sat in his black leather outfit and sang the old hits.
At eight oclock the next morning I had written Memories.
- Mac Davis

In those days, man, in the '50s, black people in the South...
We didn't recognize contracts that much.
And we didn't recognize marriages that much,
either.
- Ike Turner

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer,
not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a
way now than when I first came on the scene,
because I'm part black.
- Carly Simon

We must have black troops, and a limitless number of them too -
paid and treated like their white brothers.
- Benjamin Lincoln

In 1965, Gibson made the red one I use now,
and a black one, which was the first black 335 they ever made.
- Johnny Rivers

Black culture is something I don't relate to much at all.
- Dennis Rodman

Because with Black Label and all the fans it's just one big family.
- Zakk Wylde

There is no black-and-white situation.
It's all part of life.
Highs, lows, middles.
- Van Morrison

I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood
so I felt like I just didn't fit in.
Like I wasn't as good as everybody else or as smart,
or whatever.
- Halle Berry

Life isn't black and white.
It's a million gray areas, don't you find?
- Ridley Scott

There has always been quite a strong black and white
art tradition in Australia,
with quite a large contingent of cartoonists,
given the size of the population.
- Pat Oliphant

The realities are that, you know, as a black man,
you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station,
you know.
- Michelle Obama

The sky seemed filled with diving planes and the black
bursts of exploding antiaircraft shells.
- Dorie Miller


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