The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.

— John Lee Hooker

The most mind-blowing John Lee Hooker quotes that are little-known but priceless

I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.

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I don't think about time. You're here when you're here. I think about today, staying in tune.

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I don't like no fancy chords. Just the boogie. The drive. The feeling. A lot of people play fancy but they don't have no style. It's a deep feeling-you just can't stop listening to that sad blues sound. My sound.

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The one thing the blues don't get is the backing and pushing of TV and radio like a lot of this garbage you hears. They choke stuff down people's throat so they got no choice but to listen to it.

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I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don't know why, but he did.

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I hitchhiked, took trucks 'n' trains - anything that would pick me up.

I stopped in Memphis for about six months and they found me and come got me. Stayed about a month an' split again.

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Well I ain't seen my baby since I don't know when, I've been drinking bourbon whiskey, scotch and gin Gonna get high man I'm gonna get loose, Need me a triple shot of that juice Gonna get drunk don't you have no fear I want one bourbon, one scotch and one beer One bourbon, one scotch, one beer.

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Poor people have the blues because they're poor and hungry.

Rich people can't sleep at night because they're trying to hold on to their money and everything they have.

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I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit.

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I wanna get drunk 'til I'm off my mind. One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.

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I'm even afraid to lay down with you at night, because when you go to bed at night, mean woman, you got an ice pick in your hand.

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That girl has a special talent

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About John Lee Hooker

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

They wasn't gonna give you nothin'. I didn't care as long as they let me play my music. Cash on the spot... You cheat me and I'm gonna get me some money, too.

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Since you knew they was goin' to cheat you anyway, I recorded under any name with all of 'em.

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I like dropping into a small club and playing with some people, trying to help them get a start.

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Groups are corporations now. They have pension plans. Musicians have saw the daylight.

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I never build myself us. I let the people do that. I'm the most laid-back person, and I let them build me up. If you ask me, I say, 'I''m just a guy playin' some blues.

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I been doing the same things as in my younger days, when I was coming up, and now here I am, an old man, up there in the charts. And I say, well, what happened? Have they just thought up the real John Lee Hooker, is that it? And I think, well, I won't tell nobody else! I can't help but wonder what happened.

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I am a happy man. I've had a good life.

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I just get an idea and then all of a sudden I've got a song.

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But I don't want to do no big tours or go out on the road.

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When I die, they'll bury the blues with me. But the blues will never die.

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In my career, people in the record business have been rockin' in the same ol' boat. They all crooks - I'll say it clear and loud - especially the big ones.

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It don't take me no three days to record no album.

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I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there. 'Cause that's all I know - the blues. And I can sing the blues so deep until you can have this room full of money and I can give you the blues.

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I've got enough money to live me two lifetimes so I don't have to do nothing I don't want to.

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The way Will Moore taught me, and the way I play it, the blues is just something different.

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If they played more blues, people would just get it - they try to hold it back but just about can't hold it back now because the blues is really going.

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I don't do nothing I don't want to do.

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No matter what you got, the blues is there

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Ron Thompson, he's my main man!

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I do benefits. I do them all the time. There's so many people out there that needs help that I can't say I won't help them.

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My style is all to myself.

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I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want.

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It's never hard to sing the blues. Everyone in the world has the blues . . .

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All my life I been doin' what people tell me to do. Now, I'm telling them.

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