Loudon Wainwright III Quotes

It's nice when people say 'God I've been listening to you since 1963 or 1985 or whatever.' I appreciate anybody who goes out and buys music these days.

Displaying a bland even an eerie disregard for what appeared to be the facts of the situation he fell back on an old habit of looking ahead to the next defeat.

I'm always asked if the songs that I write are therapeutic and my answer is a quick no. In fact it could be argued that they exacerbate my neurosis.

Los Angeles the sun shines a lot and it's blue and there's palm trees; it's a bit like Sydney I guess but the underbelly is a vicious mean cruel awful place.

After a war after a concentration camp I find it's not too difficult to be happy.

I love failure. It's stuff that I'm thinking about all the time in my life so it would make sense to me anyway to write about it.

I think I'm the oldest new Bob Dylan around. I predate Bruce Springsteen Steve Forbat and John Prine. I was probably the first of the new Bob Dylans.

When my mother died and when my father died it's big. Our parents are giants; they're titans of our lives so of course it's going to be a big deal.

My music comes from country music. Merle Haggard is God and I do believe that. I'm not too tuned in to country music. I don't know who Brooks and Dunn are. I like Shania Twain though!

Who was that fatman buried in your place? Just another imitator plastic surgeons did his face.

If I had five minutes to live I don't think I'd be bothered singing a song. I'd be dead so it won't really matter. I'd have a glass of wine and a cigarette.

I wasn't in a lot of rock and roll bands. I was in jug bands and things when I was in school.

If you're 28 and singing about being over the hill you're pretending. When you're 67 and singing about it you know what you're talking about.

It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau who lived beside a pond but didn't own water skis or a snorkel.

Why kill good people just to get a bad man?

I always wanted to be an actor even as a little kid. So I went to drama school in the late '60s at Carnegie Mellon.

When a parent dies the whole house of cards comes down.

Doomsday is quite within our reach if we will only stretch for it.

When you have a song on the radio your career and your life changes maybe for the better and maybe for the not so good... depending on how it's going that day.

I don't think of myself as a folk singer per se but I really like blues and string-band music. When I started listening to records when I was a teenager the folk boom was going on.

As it turns out three of my four kids are professional singers. And they're really interesting good singers.

When you make a record you listen to it literally hundreds of times. When it's done and you can't do anything else I never listen to my records.

I have travelled and been pretty much a one man operation for most of my career and I think it'll continue to be that way.