It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.— John Mellencamp
The most colorful John Mellencamp quotes that will activate your inner potential
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.
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.
Grandma's on the front porch with a Bible in her hand, sometimes I hear her singing take me to the promised land.
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.
An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind.
Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared.
When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally.
I do things my way and I pay a high price.
Be careful of those who kill in Jesus' name; he don't believe in killing at all.
If Woody Guthrie set the bar for American songwriters, Bob Dylan jumped right over it. No one I know will ever come close to possessing the beauty of melody and the use of language that Dylan shares with us, with ease.
Some people say I'm obnoxious and lazy, that I'm uneducated, that my opinion means nothing, but I know I'm a real good dancer.
Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness will help a man walk tall. Walk tall!
they say life goes on long after the thrill of living
I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty.
My grandmother made sure that I went to church every Sunday.
And shed come over and pick us boys up, and we would go to the Nazarene church. And back then, that was about as close to heaven as I ever got, because just the time to be able to spend with her, and she was very, very religious.
I'm using my art to comment on what I see. You don't have to agree with it.
People in Indiana have known me for 25 years. They've known George Bush four.
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?
I'm your average Joe guy. I don't really care for politicians.
Sometimes love don't feel like it should, you make it hurt so good.
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.
I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago.
My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.
I thought I knew a lot about music. Then you start digging and the deeper you go, the more there is.
I think the Internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
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.
The simple man, baby, pays for the thrills, the bills, and the pills that kill.
To say that we're doomed is just an obvious remark.
Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music.
Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No.
You know, it's cigarettes that killed (Jerry) Garcia.
Everyone thinks it's heroin, but it wasn't. It was cigarettes.
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.
When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.
When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.
Future generations, riding on the highways that we built, I hope they have a better understanding.
I've never fit in in any music world.
I've always been an outsider. I mean, the fact that I live in Indiana - I live in a fly-over state... I'm not running away from anything, that's the problem. Most people go to cities because they don't like where they come from.
Now more than ever the world needs love, not just a slogan.
We lost our way a long time ago with technology.
Just because something is an advancement by going digital - that was a huge (expletive) mistake. It was a way for people to make money, but it sure didn't improve sound or quality of record making. It made it faster, cheaper, but it isn't as durable.
I remember the first time I saw a CD, a technology guy brought one to my house and said we will be able to sell millions and millions of players, and people will have to restock their record collections. It was all about money. It was all about how much money we would make, "we" being "him."
All my friends are so small town.
People have the right to say what they want to.
I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records, though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but it's really the best single I've ever had.
I need a lover that won't drive me crazy, someone that knows the meaning of hey, hit the highway.
The greatest thing that ever happened to (my career) was the breakdown of the record companies, because there were no more stupid questions about how many hits are on the next record. It was very liberating.
For me or a Bruce Springsteen to sit up in our ivory towers and make comments about racism, well, were not really in it, are we?