LYLE LOVETT QUOTES

American singer/songwriter (1957- )

Lyle Lovett quote

Never eat Mexican food east of Mississippi or north of Dallas.

LYLE LOVETT, Southern Living, March 2012

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Fortunately, I've never had a job.

LYLE LOVETT, Austin Chronicle, September 14, 1998

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Clearly, I'm not trying to write songs for the radio.

LYLE LOVETT, "Lyle Lovett: It Just Comes Natural", American Songwriter, December 2, 2009

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I always try to leave room for improvisation and responsive musicianship. That's what makes the music feel alive every night and makes playing fun every time. You're not just doing the same thing you performed the night before, even if it's the same song.

LYLE LOVETT, "Lyle Lovett talks music and motorcycling", San Diego Union-Tribune, July 12, 2015

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If you forget the words to your own song, you can always claim artistic license. Forget the words to the national anthem and you're screwed.

LYLE LOVETT, Esquire, February 2012

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When you have a solid upbringing and a strong sense of place, that sustains you. My sense of home never leaves me.

LYLE LOVETT, Southern Living, March 2012

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I'm not the kind of writer that can wake up and say, "Okay, I'm gonna write a song today," and have that song be the kind I would want to record. The songs of mine that I end up liking are songs that come from real experience. They're like chapter titles in my life.

LYLE LOVETT, Texas Monthly, March 2012

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I don't love you any less, but I can't love you anymore.

LYLE LOVETT, "I Can't Love You Anymore"

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I don't know what it is about the shower that generates creative thoughts. Maybe it's the hot water. Maybe it's being unencumbered even by the restriction of clothing.

LYLE LOVETT, Esquire, February 2012

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When someone tells me what he or she was doing the first time they heard a song of mine, then I've done a good job. If my song becomes about your life, then I'm successful.

LYLE LOVETT, Southern Living, March 2012

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Home is where my horse is.

LYLE LOVETT, "Natural Forces"

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My music has always been sort of in-between categories. Sometimes record stores -- back when there were record stores -- they'd put my records in the country music section, but other record stores would put my records in the pop or even the rock section. As long as it's in the store somewhere, I'm OK with it.

LYLE LOVETT, CNN Entertainment, December 7, 2009

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Every afternoon, I was in the pasture with cattle or fishing and shooting my BB gun. That kind of freedom allows imagination to develop.

LYLE LOVETT, Southern Living, March 2012

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And the wind blew the echoes of long-faded voices
And they'd sing me a song that the old cowboys sang
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
I was just singing because I was supposed to

LYLE LOVETT, "South Texas Girl"

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I like my audience. I always feel when up on stage performing that I could enjoy having a cup of coffee with any one of them.

LYLE LOVETT, San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 1999

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I'm really just trying to do things that I enjoy. I'm trying to play music that I like to play and like to listen to. I just have to think if I like those different kinds of music, there are other people who aren't so different from me.

LYLE LOVETT, Austin Chronicle, September 14, 1998

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I've never been ready to do a single thing I've ever done in my life. I haven't been prepared enough, haven't studied enough, haven't known enough. You can never be ready. There's just so much to know.

LYLE LOVETT, Esquire, February 2012

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She said I've got a 40-gallon stetson hat
With a 38-foot brim
We could dance around the outside baby
'Til we both fall in
And you can rope me on the prarie
And you can ride me on the plain
And I will be your Cinderella
If you'll be my cowboy man

LYLE LOVETT, "Cowboy Man"

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I don't ever try to anticipate my audience. I just write the songs I want to write, and hope people like 'em.

LYLE LOVETT, San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 1999

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I don't know where creativity comes from, but I think everybody has the ability to be creative. I think what's important about creativity starts when you're very young and how we're allowed to experience our imagination. The people who bring us up and teach us are fundamental in either encouraging creativity or discouraging creativity. My imagination was always encouraged.

LYLE LOVETT, The Hartford Courant, November 18, 2011

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