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Tracy Chapman quotes on music, love, life, heartbreaks, party, feelings, art, and media.

53 Awesome Quotes By Tracy Chapman

Quick Facts

Born On: March 30, 1964

Born In: Cleveland

The four times Grammy Award winner singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She became interested in music at a very early age and despite the poverty, her mother brought her musical instruments to make her carry on with her passion. Tracy started playing guitar during her high school years and continued with her passion throughout her college years as well. Somehow, she found a national and international success with songs such as ‘Baby I Can Hold You’, ‘New Beginning’, ‘Fast Car’ and ‘Telling Stories’. In 1988, she released a self titled debut album which became a multiple times platinum hit, putting her on the map. Over the years that she has been active, she has won four Grammy Awards, putting herself into the league of best musicians of this era. We have compiled the list of her best quotes on music, love, life, heartbreaks, party, feelings, art and media taken from her interviews and speeches.

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I never assumed I would have that commercial success, so it was a total surprise. And honestly, I never assumed that it would ever happen again.

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Everyone is looking for connections between the songs. I don't usually approach a record as a concept. There's no overriding theme I'm trying to represent. It's all about the individual songs.

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Love's a recurring theme through my work.

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When you feel like you've had a good show, you go backstage and you talk to yourself about it, and if you have a bad show you talk to yourself about it.

Tracy Chapman

I love living in California and being able to go to the beach or go to the woods.

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I learn all these things about the record talking about it after it's finished.

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I often write either really early in the morning, or really late at night.

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I'm not sure if the next song I write is going to be about love or a song about a tree.

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Now love's the only thing that's free /We must take it where it's found /Pretty soon it may be costly

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I really love playing music with other people. It's more fun to be on the road with others. It's kind of lonely out there when you play on your own!

Tracy Chapman

I end up writing about all kinds of things. I never make an attempt to write about anything in particular. I don't have a little list of topics to write about.

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I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!

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With other people, you're always swapping music. Somebody is always listening to something you've never heard. It's a great way to hear all sorts of new things.

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My old man's got a problem, he lives with the bottle.

Tracy Chapman

I found myself in the middle of a race riot when I was about 14 years old, and I found someone pointing a gun at me and telling me to run or they'd shoot me.

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A lot of kids spent more time out of school than in, but I always loved school and thought it was my way out of Cleveland, and out of poverty.

Tracy Chapman

The songs are not necessarily autobiographical. A lot of songs are a combination of influences. It might be some part of my life, or something I've felt, or something somebody's told me. It all comes together.

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I got a plan to get out of here, I've been working at a convenient store.

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As a child I always had a sense of social conditions and political situations. I think it had to do with the fact that my mother was always discussing things with my sister and me - also because I read a lot.

Tracy Chapman

I think many people would say that writers like Stephen King have hypergraphia.

Tracy Chapman

Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies or a line or two or a verse.

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My older sister encouraged me from early on and bought me one of the first guitars I had. She listened to all of the crappy songs that I wrote when I was 8 years old and encouraged me to keep doing it.

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I'm still thinking and hoping there's an opportunity for people to have better lives and that significant change can occur.

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Growing up in Cleveland, I learned about singing from my mother, who had once sung professionally and who admired Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

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Who took away the part so essential to the whole Left you a hollow body Skin and bone.

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I meet people in my daily life, people who seem to experience some change and some growth on a personal level, and that gives me hope.

Tracy Chapman

I dressed up as a veterinarian for a Halloween costume party. I had the lab coat. I got a couple of stuffed animals for patients and put bandages on them.

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I think it's important, if you are an artist, to use your music to stand up for what you believe in.

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Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.

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I'm never sure if I'll ever write another song, what the song will be about and if what initially sparked the beginning of a song might complete it.

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After it's finished, sometimes I can trace a path that goes back to the possible source of inspiration.

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As a child I spent a lot of time at the library.

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I picked up the guitar at 11, but even before then, I was writing songs on the organ.

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I don't want someone to squeeze me, that might take away my life. Just want someone to hold me, and we'll rock through the night.

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I'm not sure about anything as far as religion and spirituality go.

Tracy Chapman

People's real hopes and dreams can be distorted and misdirected and packaged until you're not sure what you really want or what you even really need.

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We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives. It's supposed to help us communicate, but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.

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I may be revered or defamed and decried; But I tried to live my life right.

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Consume more than you need This is the dream Make you pauper Or make you queen I won't die lonely I'll have it all prearranged A grave that's deep and wide enough For me and all my mountains o'things

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It's time to start all over/make a new beginning.

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This youthful heart can love you and give you what you need, but I'm too old to go chasing you around wasting my precious energy.

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Why do babies starve /When there's enough food to feed the world /Why when there's so many of us /Are there people still alone

Tracy Chapman

Have faith in humankind a respect for what is earthly and an unfaltering belief in peace and understanding

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Renounce all those material things that you gained by exploiting other human beings.

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You have to pay attention to the moment and make it the best it can be for you. I've been trying to do that. It's really made a major difference for me. I'm a happier person.

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Words don't come easily, like forgive me.

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So don't be tempted by the shiny apple Don't you eat of a bitter fruit Hunger only for a taste of justice Hunger only for a world of truth 'Cause all that you have is your soul.

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We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived.

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I don't try to project any image at all, other than the person that I am.

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At this point in my life Id like to live as if only love mattered.

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We are the spirit, the collective conscience. We create the pain, and suffering, and beauty in this world.

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There's a power in words. There's a power in being able to explain and describe and articulate what you know and feel and believe about the world, and about yourself.

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I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

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