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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Rosanne Cash on music, artist, life, reading, writing, singing, fear, change, war, love, loss, freedom, time and success.

82 Famous Quotes By Rosanne Cash That You Should Know

Quick Facts

Famous As: Singer-Songwriter, author

Born On: May 24, 1955

Born In: Memphis

Rosanne Cash is a well-known American singer, author and songwriter. Daughter of renowned musician, Johnny Cash, she had interest in music right from her childhood. She even used to accompany her father his road show tours. Her first breakthrough hit was ‘Seven Year Ache’ and her next album ‘Somewhere in the Stars’ was also a hit which made it to the top 100 US pop albums. Her album ‘Rhythm and Romance’ had few of her best singles which included ‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’ which earned her a ‘Grammy Award’. She released few other commercially successful singles and then turned to writing. ‘Bodies of Water’ is her first published work which gained favorable reviews. Rosanne continues to write, record and perform. Her another literary works include ‘Composed: A Memoir’ and ‘Penelope Jane: A Fairy Tale’. Read through the collection of most famous quotes and thoughts by the renowned artist which have been excerpted from her writings, work, lyrics, books, interviews, tweets and life. Browse through the sayings and quotations by Rosanne Cash and get inspired.
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The key to change... is to let go of fear,

Rosanne Cash

If a relationship is founded on love it doesn't end.

Rosanne Cash

Well, the first year I lost my voice I didn't mind so much because I was going to have a baby and I was distracted with him anyway, I didn't even think about it that much, well, OK, this is what's happening.

Rosanne Cash

And I kind of said to myself if I get my voice back I'm not going to take back the old anxiety about it and just focus on the limitations. I'm really going to enjoy it.

Rosanne Cash

Being in the studio is like painting, you know, you can really take your time, and try different things, and kind of go deep into it.

Rosanne Cash

But there's nothing that gives me more thrill than when I'm writing and a couplet works. I find the right rhyme, or it's just perfect. There's nothing that exciting.

Rosanne Cash

Loss is the great unifier, the terrible club to which we all eventually belong.

Rosanne Cash

For me, art is a more trustworthy expression of God than religion.

Rosanne Cash

Once your kids get older and get out of the house, it's not like it stops. They're on the phone with me every day; I'm intimately involved in their problems.

Rosanne Cash

Yeah, I was in the phase for the last ten years or so where every record I made I said OK, that's the last one, I don't want to record anymore, I don't want to do this any more, I don't want to have a public life.

Rosanne Cash

I wanted to be the writer in the room setting depth charges of feeling out the world with my language.You know, I had a very romantic idea about that.But I grew into being a performer.

Rosanne Cash

I wanted to be a songwriter.I didn't so much want to be a performer.I more grew into that just from being a songwriter.

Rosanne Cash

I think any young person who is going into the same field as their parent whose parent has been very successful, it's complicated.And it was complicated for me.

Rosanne Cash

You stand in front of a great painting and your heart just opens and your mind expands about what's possible. That, to me, is a connection to what God is.

Rosanne Cash

I was sensitive to music and poetry, and it was around me growing up.

Rosanne Cash

I gave up language for a while, and I started painting.And then I only listened to Miles Davis and other instrumental music to see how it felt to be without words.

Rosanne Cash

I was a songwriter; that was the torch I carried. This is an honorable profession. This is what I do.

Rosanne Cash

As John Adams said, all democracies will eventually self-destruct. We seem to be doing it very quickly.

Rosanne Cash

I adhere to the religion of art and music and small children.

Rosanne Cash

I think that my sensitivity to music has actually deepened and expanded as I've gotten older. You add more life experience.

Rosanne Cash

We are creating a culture where content creators are a new servant class, and paid as such.

Rosanne Cash

I'm not the type to turn to drugs and alcohol, but I do have a profound devotion to art and music - and children.

Rosanne Cash

I don't do comparisons because I always lose.

Rosanne Cash

If I ignore my work, I start having anxiety attacks.

Rosanne Cash

Sometimes the fragment of a conversation, the color of the sky, the image in a dream, has everything to do with where the song begins.

Rosanne Cash

I have learned to be steady in my course of love, or fear, or loneliness, rather than impulsive in its wasting, either lyrically or emotionally.

Rosanne Cash

If you're playing in a tradition and you have no reference point to it, no understanding and have not studied it, I can't respect that.

Rosanne Cash

It was never too late to undo who you had become.

Rosanne Cash

Work ... is redemption.

Rosanne Cash

Southern gentility is evocative to me.

Rosanne Cash

As I started writing about loss and grief, I was taking what felt unmanageable and using my songwriting, my sense of poetry and discipline, to try and make it manageable.

Rosanne Cash

I dream of songs. I dream they fall down through the centuries, from my distant ancestors, and come to me. I dream of lullabies and sea shanties and keening cries and rhythms and stories and backbeats.

Rosanne Cash

With time the unbearable becomes shocking, becomes sad, and finally becomes poignant.

Rosanne Cash

Isn't that the goal, as you grow older? That you start reclaiming those parts of yourself you didn't recognize or didn't think were there all along? That's what happened when I made The River and the Thread record.

Rosanne Cash

I spent nearly two hours deciding on an outfit that would look as if the subject of clothing had never crossed my mind, but would in fact show off my best features and miraculously hide the extra pounds.

Rosanne Cash

Documenting one's life in the midst of living it is a strange pursuit.

Rosanne Cash

The ephemeral nature of live performance is the part I love most - it's a monk's sand painting, carefully constructed, then wiped away in an instant.

Rosanne Cash

Being in Vietnam changed him [Johnny Cash] fundamentally. He was devastated when we went into Iraq.

Rosanne Cash

Self-expression without craft is for toddlers.

Rosanne Cash

I think books find their way to you when you need them. Whenever I feel like I'm not going to live to read all the books I want to read, I remind myself that the important ones find their way to me.

Rosanne Cash

More and more, I see myself as a folk musician, and someone who values context.

Rosanne Cash

Reading inspirational and motivational quotes daily is like taking my vitamins.

Rosanne Cash

I was angry at my parents when I had to have brain surgery, that they weren't still around, because no matter how old you are you want you parents when you're going through something like that.

Rosanne Cash

Just a thank you is a mighty powerful prayer. Says it all.

Rosanne Cash

Every person's every action has an effect.

Rosanne Cash

I am so sick of reading about another car bomb, another suicide bomber, another 10, 20, 30, 70, 100 people dead in a day, both Americans and Iraqis.

Rosanne Cash

I choose not to give energy to the emotions of revenge, hatred or the desire to subjugate.

Rosanne Cash

I do not believe in terrorism, violence, destruction, murder, pre-emption, or War.

Rosanne Cash

War is idiocy. We live on a small, small planet, and what we do to others is what we do to ourselves.

Rosanne Cash

No, my step-daughter just opened a theatre school for children, I have another daughter who works in the record industry and another who is going back to collage and I have two little ones at home.

Rosanne Cash

I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians.

Rosanne Cash

I think it is wrong that we went against The U.N. and that we have alienated our allies and invaded a country that hasn't threatened us, that it is a pre-emptive strike.

Rosanne Cash

It is the people who scream the loudest about America and Freedom who see to be the most intolerant for a differing point of view.

Rosanne Cash

I needed to carve out my own place and find out what I was going to do.

Rosanne Cash

Because I was starting out in my 20's. I wanted to do it on my own. I didn't want to use my dad or have people say I was using him.

Rosanne Cash

I was down with Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin-Carpenter. We did an acoustic tour, just the three of us, three chicks and three guitars.

Rosanne Cash

I found it was really impossible for me to write songs when I couldn't sing.

Rosanne Cash

The new record started out being about loss, but it's morphed into being about how relationships go on even though one person is not in a body anymore.

Rosanne Cash

When my dad died a lot of songs came, and they're still coming.

Rosanne Cash

It's a little dangerous for me to get outside myself and think about how I want people to see me.

Rosanne Cash

I love mixing up my genres.

Rosanne Cash

And I don't think that success is going to destroy me at this point in my life, like I used to think.

Rosanne Cash

My record label is treating me like I'm a new artist, which is exciting after all this time.

Rosanne Cash

For the first time in 23 years I'm enjoying the process of supporting it, of going out and doing shows, and doing the interviews, and doing everything.

Rosanne Cash

If Mr. [V.S.] Naipaul takes no pleasure in the happy delineation of the varieties of human nature, then he must be intolerably stupid.

Rosanne Cash

We talk about your drinking But not about your thirst You set off through the minefield Like you were rounding first

Rosanne Cash

The religion I have is music. Even the times I have headaches, when I'm singing, I can't feel them. My dad used to say that, too, especially near the end of his life. He would be in pain - a lot of pain - and he said the only time when he didn't feel pain was when he performed and sang.

Rosanne Cash

My dad and I had a real meeting of the minds. We loved to talk about music, politics, and art. He loved children. The thing I missed most about my dad when he died was that this person who really gets who I am at the core was gone.

Rosanne Cash

Like Thornton Wilder said, time is not a river, but rather a landscape that you step in and out of. I've always found that true of creative work, and I've heard so many songwriters and writers in general say the same thing. When you're going into the realms of your self and trying to tap into the mystery of this creative source, linear time kind of falls away.

Rosanne Cash

My dad had more compassion than me. He was nonjudgmental. He didn't care where you stood politically. He just took you as a person on face value. He could love all stripes, and that's why all stripes claim him. He didn't judge.

Rosanne Cash

When I was eleven I stopped dreaming the dreams that didn't come true, I stopped talking to people who didn't listen, I lost hope and I retreated. I assumed that the root of the problem was that I was too strange for the real world. That being the case, I created a charming and dynamic personality to make the necessary forays into the Outside, and I kept my strangeness for myself; my own peculiar jewels under lock and key.

Rosanne Cash

On the plane, an eight-year-old with an excess of testosterone keeps running across my feet. Finally I grab him by his T-shirt and say, very sweetly, 'Listen, darling, if you don't stop trampling me I'm going to make you sit on my lap while I tell you my entire life story. Including a lot of details about drug rehab and my divorce.' He goes back to his seat.

Rosanne Cash

I have a real worker-bee mentality. Just show up, just do it. Even if you feel like s--t and you think you're terrible and you'll never get better and it will never go anywhere, just show up and do it. And, eventually, something happens.

Rosanne Cash

Celtic music is part of the language in Scotland and Ireland, where every kid and grandparent knows those songs, music by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Hank Snow is getting entrenched here. They are part of our cultural language. It's part of a living treasure. It doesn't just belong to a museum.

Rosanne Cash

I'm a songwriter. My voice just serves what I'm writing about. So to let all that go, I mean, bring the sensibilities of it actually to the song choices, but to just be the interpreter was incredibly liberating, really fun.

Rosanne Cash

When I was 18 years old, I went on the road with my dad after I graduated from high school. And we were riding on the tour bus one day, kind of rolling through the South, and he mentioned a song. We started talking about songs, and he mentioned one, and I said I don't know that one. And he mentioned another. I said I don't know that one either, Dad, and he became very alarmed that I didn't know what he considered my own musical genealogy.

Rosanne Cash

He [Johnny Cash] was so fragile. We invaded Iraq in March, and he died in September. And because his health was so fragile, he couldn't take the controversy of making a public statement against the war. He knew that people were rabid. They attacked me mercilessly after I did the press conference with Musicians United to Win Without War. He knew that he couldn't tolerate that.

Rosanne Cash

The thing that scares me most is the shift from serving the people to exercising power and with it, this attendant narcissism. Sarah Palin is a great example of someone that just stirs the pot for the sake of the attention.

Rosanne Cash

Sarah Palin is a great example of someone that just stirs the pot for the sake of the attention. No vision, no critical thinking, no backup to her statements. Just to incite little riots everywhere and capitalize upon it financially. To me, she is a microcosm of the ultimate cynicism in American politics.

Rosanne Cash

While visiting places in the South with my heart really open, I realized how important people in certain geographical spots were to me, what they symbolize, how I'm still connected to them and how much they are a part of my ancestry, both musical and real.

Rosanne Cash

I couldn't listen to music with lyrics for the first few months after the brain surgery, because they were too complex and disturbing. So I listened to a lot of classical music. I didn't really want to read, either, so I listened to books on tape or watched movies. I also re-taught myself all of my childhood piano pieces. It helped me repair my brain.

Rosanne Cash

Think about all of the families where the father is a doctor and the son is a doctor or generations of coal miners. Why did they go into that line of work? Because that's what they were taught. Or was it in their genes? It's not an either/or question. It's both. I was inclined in that way. I was sensitive to music and poetry, and it was around me growing up.

Rosanne Cash