And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through. - Changes
Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming
What is the quality you most like in a man? The ability to return books.
I'm not one of those guys that has a great worldview. I kind of deal with terror and fear and isolation and abandonment.
Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.
I'm well past the age where I'm acceptable. You get to a certain age and you are forbidden access. You're not going to get the kind of coverage that you would like in music magazines, you're not going to get played on radio and you're not going to get played on television. I have to survive on word of mouth.
You get to a certain age, and you are forbidden access. You're not going to get the kind of coverage that you would like in music magazines; you're not going to get played on radio, and you're not going to get played on television. I have to survive on word of mouth.
Being shoved into the top-40 scene was an unusual experience. It was great I'd become accessible to a huge audience but not terribly fulfilling.
I have all the admiration in the world for somebody like Bono, who really puts himself on the line and tries actively to do something about our world situation.
I do some kind of work, whether writing or painting or recording, on a daily basis. And it's so essential that when I'm involved in the actual process, my so-called 'real life' becomes almost incidental, which becomes worrying.
I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players.
As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn't really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage, and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn't have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself.
When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.
I'll tell you who I absolutely adore: Ian McEwan.
A song has to take on character, shape, body and influence people to an extent that they use it for their own devices. It must affect them not just as a song, but as a lifestyle.
There's a schizoid streak within the family anyway so I dare say that I'm affected by that. The majority of the people in my family have been in some kind of mental institution, as for my brother he doesn't want to leave. He likes it very much.
I wanted to be Gerry Mulligan, only, see, I didn't have any kind of technique. So I thought, well, baritone sax is kind of easier; I can manage that - except I couldn't afford a baritone, so I bought an alto, which was the same fingering.
Fame itself... doesn't really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.
I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on.
I don't have a problem with ageing - in fact, I embrace that aspect of it. And am able to and obviously am going to be able to quite easily... it doesn't faze me at all.