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.
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