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A collection of quotes by Muddy Waters on marriage, freedom, relationships, despair, people, Christmas, player, hurt, and sound.

25 Insightful Quotes By Muddy Waters, The Father Of Modern Chicago Blues

Quick Facts

Famous As: Musician

Born On: April 4, 1913

Died On: April 30, 1983

Born In: Issaquena County, Mississippi

Died At Age: 70

Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) was a celebrated American musician, blues singer, and songwriter. He started playing harmonica and guitar at the age of seventeen, imitating the local blues artists Robert Johnson and Son House. In 1941, Waters was recorded by Alan Lomax in Mississippi for the ‘Library of Congress.’ He became a full-time musician in 1943, after he moved to Chicago. Waters recorded his first records for ‘Columbia Records,’ followed by ‘Aristocrat Records’ in 1946. Here is a corpus of quotes and thoughts by Muddy Waters on time, life, memory, music, old, voice, church, money, and age.

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My blues are so simple, but so few people can play it right

Muddy Waters

Memphis was almost like going to California. Beale Street was the black man's street.

Muddy Waters

Man, you don't know how I felt that afternoon when I heard that VOICE and it was my own VOICE.

Muddy Waters

If you got something you don't want other people to know, keep it in your pocket.

Muddy Waters

I went to school, but they didn't give you too much schooling because just as soon as you was big enough, you get to working in the fields. I guess I was a big boy for my age.

Muddy Waters

I went down to my baby's house and I sit down on her steps. She said, now come on in now, you know, my husband just left.

Muddy Waters

I was so wild and crazy and dumb in my car. It didn't run but 30 miles an hour. You made do.

Muddy Waters

I was messing around with the harmonica... but I was 13 before I got a real good note out of it.

Muddy Waters

I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn't exactly know it, but I just didn't like the way things were down there-in Mississippi.

Muddy Waters

I wanted to get out of Mississippi in the worst way. Go back? What I want to go back for?

Muddy Waters

I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.

Muddy Waters

I rambled all the time. I was just like that, like a rollin' stone.

Muddy Waters

I got your strand of hair, I kiss it day and night.

Muddy Waters

I got up one Christmas morning and we didn't have nothing to eat. We didn't have an apple, we didn't have an orange, we didn't have a cake, we didn't have nothing.

Muddy Waters

I got that first record out, it came out in '47... Then my name began to ring around. I began to take over. From that point, I tell you, Chicago was in my hand, all the more time that those guys had to listen to me.

Muddy Waters

I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.

Muddy Waters

He took my music, but he gave me my name.

Muddy Waters

Going to Chicago was like going out of the world.

Muddy Waters

Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich.

Muddy Waters

China is to stock fraud as Silicon Valley is to technology.

Muddy Waters

At night in the country, you'd be surprised how that music carries. You could hear my guitar way before you get to the house, and you could hear the peoples hollerin' and screamin'.

Muddy Waters

All the kids made their own git-tars. Made mine out of a box and bit of stick for a neck. Couldn't do much with it, but that's how you learn.

Muddy Waters

Ain't nobody's business, if I bark like a dog.

Muddy Waters

I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn't play ball too good - I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn't preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing.

Muddy Waters

If I had a million dollars, I just wouldn't just completely set back. I'd have to get out there and show my face to all these good people who like me, I have to get out there and show my face. The only thing that would set me back if I get sick or something or pass away, that's all you can do about that you know. But as long as I got my health goin' pretty good, I'll show up around here.

Muddy Waters