I just love having no clothes on outside, and the only time to do that is when the sun's shining. It's a wonderful sensation to not have any clothes on.— PJ Harvey
The most delicious PJ Harvey quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
Shame is the shadow of love.
I see men come and go, but there'll be one who'll collect my soul.
Ive always been very visceral in that I feel things very deeply.
You know if I see a work that really I am very affected by and inspired by then it makes me want to try things with my work that maybe I hadn't considered trying before and I think that is the biggest complement that you can pay somebody.
I think of myself as a songwriter, a weaver of story and imagination in a way that a novelist might write a book.
I've always felt that I'm affected by the world, by the way we treat each other, by the way different countries treat each other. I've always been very affected by politics, society, but I never got to a place as a writer where I felt like I could begin to deal with such things and do it well.
Making me into a role model is placing too much importance on what I see as a work in progress.
People have this idea of me being some kind of monster, and that's the complete opposite of who I am.
I'm not an autobiographical writer, but I am a writer who deals with human emotion on all levels.
Ever since time began: What song is not about love? Whether it's about love from man to woman or parent to child, or grandmother to granddaughter... It just goes on and on. Or whether it's the love of one's country.
I didn't know folk music growing up, no.
It's something I've come to study, really, because I think there's so much to learn from traditional music in the sense of the way music began as a way of communication, the traveling storyteller, the bard, the minstrels.
Fly with me, touch the face of the true God. And then cry with joy at the depth of my love.
I feel like I make a soundtrack for the come up, and I feel like there's so many people that's trying to figure out how to chase their dreams, or that are in the process of chasing their dreams, so they connect with that. And then being a singer, you don't really get to touch on nothing either.
My town was even smaller. Only six hundred people. We didn't have a grocery store.
I just started writing and writing for people.
And then, like I guess after (a) year of getting some placements, I kinda got a shot to be an artist. Long story short I think, yeah.
The first song I heard from me was Meek Mill ["I Don't Know"], it was his first single before he went (to jail). I remember the first time I heard it was like eleven thirty at night, and I was like, "Yo, this is crazy!" And, I was smiling from ear to ear.
People like Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Nina Simone, Captain Beefheart - all of these artists were what I grew up listening to every day of my life. And there's a very healthy music scene in the west country of England, where I grew up.
I think it does surprise me a bit when people have a very fixed idea of what I'm like, based upon the work that I do, which is something that is very separate.
Most of the stuff that I do talk about, about being counted out and being an underdog, 'cause that's what I feel like I am.
I find it hard myself to feel justified to sing in a very politically direct way about war or social conditions because I feel so ignorant of a lot of it.
I'm finding my way, and I make mistakes.
I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture.
I like it because it's very physical.
I feel like when I'm writing for other people, when I'm doing rap hooks, it's kinda like playing dress up for me...
First off, I think nudity is taken differently in America, though they did make a fuss in England, too.
I had a chip on my shoulders 'cause I felt like I was being overlooked.
Never settle for anything less than you want.
I was like just writing and writing and then I kinda developed my sound.
And then, my managers were like, "Okay, we're gonna try to get a deal." And then first it was Interscope, and then it was Atlantic. And then, I ended up signing with Atlantic, but it was like a long process, a really long... it was A LONG PROCESS. I feel like it took me two years to do it.
If you want to be good at anything, you have to work hard at it.
It doesn't just fall from the sky. I work every day at trying to improve my writing, and I really enjoy it. Nothing fascinates me more than putting words together, and seeing how a collection of words can produce quite a profound effect.
If I ever meet a writer or a painter, I don't presuppose that they are like the work they are presenting.
I like to be around things that I find inspiring.
When a poem might become a song, then certain parts are repeated and might become a refrain or a chorus, so they change in that way. But it's more the nature of the words and what they're saying that determines whether it's a poem or a song.
My mom is a sculptress.
It's so much in me to want to keep experimenting all the time.
It's just inherent. Therefore I keep reaching for instruments I don't particularly know how to play, and then I become excited. That gives me energy to want to make new things, and it forces me to hear things in new ways, which then can only help to say things in a new way.
As I grew older, I actually was prepared to go into fine arts school and do a degree. That was what I was actually settled upon when I was offered a record deal.
It's good to feel excited by the environment you're in.
I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets.
I didn't even know the industry of songwriting existed.
I thought everybody sang songs and they were only singing the songs that they wrote. So after I found out about songwriting in college, I was like, "Okay, I want to do that."
Folk music was to strengthen and unify people, whether it was through an uprising and rebellion or whether is was through hard work, bringing in crops. But it was to strengthen each other and that's still what music is about today.
I do write a lot of prose. It's not disciplined enough yet that it's actually become stories, or short stories. The idea of writing a novel seems impossible.
I don't like things to be handed to me on a plate;
that means nothing. I like to go through layers of unraveling and every time I listen to something, it makes me feel something different. Now I'm aware of the conflict that's going on, but at the time I just let what was happening happen.
I'm always trying to swim to new ground.
People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses.
I'm always writing, the past 10 years. A lot has changed, in that it's something I do every day.
When I was young, I had idols that I thought were wonderful. I wanted to be just like them.
Well, I don't really concern myself too much with what other people make of my work.
I think I just speak on what the regular people are going through outside of love 'cause, of course, there's always gonna be a love song, but there's so many other parts of life... being lost, feeling your way around, what you gonna do next.
Love for money is my sin, any man calls, I'll let him in.
There's so much you can do with laying words on a bed of music.
You can completely change their meaning with the type of music or the way they're sung.
If you come at the record feeling really happy and optimistic, it can be incredibly beautiful and uplifting, and if you come at it in a bleak moment, it can feel like a very dark place to share. It's all down to the listener.