Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

American jazz musician and singer-songwriter

Lived from: 1915-1959

Category: Music | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Billie Holiday

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    All dope can do for you is kill you... the long hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.
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    Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
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    Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way.
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    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.
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    I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.
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    I never hurt nobody but myself and that's nobody's business but my own.
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    I'm always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I've been.
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    I've been told that nobody sings the word hunger like I do. Or the word love.
    Source: Lady Sings the Blues
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    I've been your slave
    Ever since I've been your babe
    But before I be your dog
    I'll see you in your grave.
    Source: Billies Blues
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    If I don't have friends, then I ain't got nothing.
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    If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
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    If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
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    If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you're out of your mind. There are more kicks the fuck to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you're crazy. It can fix you so you can't play nothing or sing nothing.
    Source: Lady Sings the Blues
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    In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
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    Lord I love my man, tell the world I do
    I love my man, tell the world I do
    But when he mistreats me
    Makes me feel so blue.
    Source: Billies Blues
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