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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Song and Singing (17 Quotations)

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It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
~ Joan Baez

 

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Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.
~ W. H. Auden

 

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It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
~ Hilaire Belloc

 

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That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!
~ Robert Browning

 

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Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs.
~ Melissa Etheridge

 

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If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.
~ Aretha Franklin

 

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I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.
~ Billie Holiday

 

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This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
~ Horace

 

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I'd rather be dead than singing ''Satisfaction'' when I'm forty-five.
~ Mick Jagger

 

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Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

 

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There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

 

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Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?
~ Matthew Prior

 

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He who sings, frightens away all his ills.
~ Traditional Saying

 

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When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
~ Alexander Smith

 

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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
~ Voltaire

 

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