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Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

Author: Joan Baez (1941)

Profession: American Singer, Songwriter

It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.

Author: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Profession: British Author

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs.

Author: Melissa Etheridge (1961)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.

Author: Aretha Franklin (1942)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist

I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.

Author: Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

Profession: American Jazz Singer

This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.

Author: Mick Jagger (1943)

Profession: British-born American-born American Musician, Singer

There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer

Odds life! must one swear to the truth of a song?

Author: Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

Profession: British Diplomat, Poet

He who sings, frightens away all his ills.

Author: Traditional Saying


When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

Author: Alexander Smith (1830-1867)

Profession: Scottish Poet, Author