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John Mellencamp Quotes & Quotations
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    For me or a Bruce Springsteen to sit up in our ivory towers and make comments about racism, well, we're not really in it, are we? John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago. My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    I didn't know if I was ever gonna finish the record. We just kept working on it and working on it and it got to a point where we quit. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    I want to sell to people my own age, because that's the way I write songs. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    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-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    People didn't listen to the song; they just heard the word Baghdad. They got angry. I was commenting on his economic position, not the war. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    People have the right to say what they want to. John-MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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    People in Indiana have known me for 25 years. They've known George Bush four. John-Mellencamp/">John Mellencamp
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    This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it. John-Mellencamp/">John Mellencamp
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    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/">John Mellencamp
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    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/">John Mellencamp
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    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/">John Mellencamp
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    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/">John Mellencamp
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    What's the difference? One guy's the same as the other. John-Mellencamp/">John Mellencamp
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    When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand. John-Mellencamp/">John Mellencamp
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    When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally. John-Mellencamp/">John Mellencamp