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By Anonym 15 Sep

Natalie Merchant

When I originally wrote "Jealousy," it was more like an exercise to try to write a girl-group kind of pop song. It was really contrary to most of the material I'd ever written. I didn't pay much attention to the song after I'd recorded it. I didn't really perform it at all the last 20 years. When it came time to make the new record, I decided to make peace with the song and have fun with it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Literature gives us a window into other people's experiences in other places, in other times, so I thought it would be really interesting to investigate how different people had written about motherhood, and childhood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

For your kindness, I'm in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I've walked these streets, in a carnival of sights to see. All the cheap thrill seekers, the vendors & the dealers, they crowded around me. Have I been blind? Have I been lost, inside myself and my own mind? Hypnotized, mesmerized, by what my eyes have seen? I've walked these streets, in a spectacle of wealth & poverty. In the diamond market, the scarlet welcome carpet that they just rolled out for me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I've raised my daughter with no television.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I can't remove the autobiographical slant from the things I write. You always bring yourself into what you're writing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I think of myself as a musician and not a celebrity. Celebrity status is something you have to deliberately pursue - I couldn't imagine myself seeking that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

By calling it a memoir, I meant is as a collection of memories. I thought it was (a more) artful (title) than documentary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I don't enjoy the work that I do. It's just that it's not self-sustaining anymore. The way that I like to make records - they're expensive records to make and just can't afford to do it anymore.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Have I been blind, have I been lost, inside myself and my own mind?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I would never do a printed memoir. I've been asked to publish a memoir from years by different publishers and literary agents. I think it wouldn't be great for me because all I'd really want to talk about it music and I'd rather just play it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

It's really wonderful to be able to be nobody, and then have a moment when I can be somebody, and then go right back to being nobody again.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Life is sweet, life is also very short.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I think I have a really diverse audience. I've had people from all sorts of sexual persuasions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control prople's minds, I'd like to put something useful in.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I’ve always considered it a great privilege to be a musician, I’ve never lost sight of that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I feel we all have the obligation, myself. I want to live in a more humane, civilized society, and I feel like the only way we're going to achieve that is if we all take it upon ourselves. I just wish we could be a more caring society. I feel like we're social Darwinists who believe that everyone has to make it on their own. But the reality is that we all don't start out on the same footing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Natalie Merchant

There is one tradition in America I am proud to inherit. It is our first freedom and the truest expression of our Americanism: the ability to dissent without fear. It is our right to utter the words, 'I disagree.' We must feel at liberty to speak those words to our neighbors, our clergy, our educators, our news media, our lawmakers and, above all, to the one among us we elect - President.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I've never sold my publishing. I have 100% control of all of my publishing and that includes everything, every use of my songs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

Im going to be shaking my booty when Im 55.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I go to the river from time to time to ponder over the crazy days in my life. Watch the river flow, ease my mind and soul where I go.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd like to live in a culture of hope.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls from all different backgrounds will stay with me always.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

For they told you life is hard Misery from the start, It's dull, it's slow, it's painful But I tell you life is sweet In spite of the misery There's so much more, be grateful So, who will you believe Who will you listen to Who will it be 'Cause it's high time that you decide It's time to make up your own Your own state of mind Oh they told you life is long Be thankful when it's done Don't ask for more, be grateful But I tell you life is short Be thankful because Before you know it It will be over 'Cause life is sweet, life is also very short

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I wish I had appreciated my youth - I should have worn tighter clothing when I could have!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

My mother was a single working mother; she started having children very young. There was a tension inside her about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and how she couldn’t achieve the things she wanted to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Natalie Merchant

TV holds a close second to cars for destroying our society. It's a failed experiment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Natalie Merchant

When it came time to sequence the album, the new arrangements really demanded a different order. They were so different than they were before that the old sequence didn't work anymore.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I don't think women's prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don't think mass murder is humorous.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Natalie Merchant

The research phase was really fascinating - I'm not a closeted nerd, I'm an out-of-the-closet nerd.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Natalie Merchant

I think I don't invest so much time in thinking about people's sexuality. I just take people as individuals.