Willie Nelson Quotes (Best Sayings & Song Quotes)

Everything about Sinatra was good. He had the ability to pick great songs, and once Sinatra had sung them, that pretty much was it. He pretty much put his stamp on everything.
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Anybody can be unhappy. We can all be hurt. You don't have to be poor to need something or somebody. Rednecks, hippies, misfits - we're all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn't matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless
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In church I was told that if I so much as smoked a cigarette or tasted alcohol, I’d be damned in hell for all eternity... it didn’t take long for me to start thinking that sounded all wrong... I didn’t cotton to the idea that your religion should be flaunted to other people. Your religion is for you, and is best kept close to your heart.
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We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.
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I like myself better when I'm writing regularly.
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I think the best exercise that I do is singing for an hour-and-a-half out on the stage, because, yes, I use the lung, the biggest muscle in your body.
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I started out really young, when I was four, five, six, writing poems, before I could play an instrument. I was writing about things when I was eight or 10 years old that I hadn't lived long enough to experience. That's why I also believe in reincarnation, that we were put here with ideas to pass around.
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I am not a pig farmer. The pigs had a great time, but I didn't make any money.
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Gay or straight? So what? It doesn't matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people regardless.
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I think Ray Charles did as much as anybody when he did his country music album. Ray Charles broke down borders and showed the similarities between country music and R&B.
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I like to play small clubs.
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I would like to see more airplay for all artists, no matter what age. I think there's a lot of money being spent toward the young guys, but a lot of the older guys are the ones who blazed the trail for those young guys.
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There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies.
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There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies.
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On the road again, goin' places that I've never been. Seein' things that I may never see again, and I can't wait to get on the road again.
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I got along without you before I met you and I'll get along without you a long time after you're gone.
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When evolution has been outlawed, only the outlaws will evolve.
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Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play.
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Fortunately, we are not in control.
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Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there.
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I'm a romantic slob!
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If you wait for tomorrow to follow your dreams, by the time that you get there they're gone.
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When you're singing, you're using extra muscles, and it requires a lot of exercise and breathing. You can't do that if you're a sissy. If I have any fitness advice for people, I'd tell them to sing more. It's good therapy, too.
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The whole house came up and I came up with it... I was just praying to the Lord to take care of me.
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I believe that all roads lead to the same place - and that is wherever all roads lead to.
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There's a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world.
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The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.
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My granddaddy died when I was about 6 years old, I think. And my grandmother took a job cooking in the school lunchroom. So she did great. She made $18 a week.
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If you can be content right now, then you'll always be content, because it's always right now.
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I don't think any person has any special knowledge about what God has planned for me and you any more than me and you do.
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I just enjoy both working and not working.
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If you got the money honey I got the time and when you run out of money honey I run out of time.
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I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?
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And as far as guitars go, I loved Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West's stuff.
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I been a long time leaving but I'm going to be a long time gone.
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I think I'm basically the same guy I always was. Maybe I've learned, through experience, to rein in some of the anger and temper they say redheads normally have.
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Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
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When I was about 12, I had my first paying gig - 8 dollars to play rhythm guitar in a polka band. Pretty soon, I ended up playing in all the bars within driving distance of Abbott, Texas.
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You could make any song sound creepy if you wanted. It's all about the inflection.
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Don't try to change anybody. And they should let you be yourself, 'You loved me when you met me, so let's keep going!'
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The life I love is making music with my friends.
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...when you put your life in a good place, good things follow.
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It's an ongoing problem, an ongoing situation, life is. It's just life, and it never stops and it never will. You just be thankful for what you've got, and move on.
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But if you think of all the people who don't like me, just think of all the millions who've never heard of me!
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My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.
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There's a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.
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If you really want to get along with somebody, let them be themselves.
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I'm from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there's no one in control.
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I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young. There were a lot of African Americans working out there. A lot of Mexicans - the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans, all out there singing, and it was like an opera in the cotton fields, and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.
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My sister played the piano. She's two years older than me, and I always wanted to play something. So my grandmother got the guitar for me, and showed me a couple of chords to start off. And then I got me a book. Next thing you know, I was playing along with sister.
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I started out writing poems before I figured to put melodies to them and play the guitar. Somewhere, there's a book out there on all those early songs and poems. I hope no one ever finds it. I don't think it's my finest work.
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Oh, I think it's definitely spiritual. All music is. I think it's maybe one of the highest forms of spirituality.
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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
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At 82, Nelson (who wrote the song "On the Road Again," among a thousand or more others) is the elder statesman of country music, a steadying and powerful voice in the industry and on environmental issues, and he's still on the road much of the year. The music keeps calling.
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I learned some invaluable lessons in Nashville that apply to both farming and show business: Do not corner something you know is meaner than you; keep skunks of all kinds at a distance; if you forgive your enemies, it messes up their heads.
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I live one day at a time, one day at a time. Yesterday's gone and tomorrow is blind, so I live one day at a time.
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You want to be a good parent and you want to be a friend, and it's hard to be both. You have to balance it as well as you can.
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Most of the stuff I've read about me has been true.
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I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs......When I was on drugs I couldn't even find my bike.
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All my kids were raised on computers: They were home-schooled on the Internet, so they're pretty good at that stuff. And I'm proud of them, but I don't really keep up with it.
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I wanted to connect all people who are thinking about peace on Earth.
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If you start out looking at somebody, wondering whether he's good or bad, I think you're starting out in the wrong direction. I think we're all good and we're all bad.
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If you’re not crazy there’s something wrong with you. Willie Nelson
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A lot of country music is sad. I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times. It applies to music. Three chords and the truth - that's what a country song is. There is a lot of heartache in the world.
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Be gentle with your words - you can't take them back.
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I think innately knew that music draws people together and that good music is liked by almost everybody.
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I didn't come here and I ain't leavin'.
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I like marijuana because it keeps me from killing people. And I think there are a lot of people out there who are just like me. The reason it's not legal is because most people get up in the morning and get high, then forget to go out and vote for it.
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I was influenced a lot by those around me - there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.
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When songs fall from the sky, all I can do is catch them before they hit the ground.
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When I see someone I think is cool, he's a pretty well-adjusted individual. He's not too affected one way or the other by what's happening, no matter what's going through his mind.
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When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
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There are more old drunks than there are old doctors.
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Every now and then I'll think of something to put back in the show. I just kind of play it off the top of my head. If I do it that way it keeps it kinda fresh.
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We've already been reincarnated about a million times, maybe. It doesn't make sense any other way.
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The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
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You don't have to be poor to need something or somebody.
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Cruelty is all out of ignorance. If you knew what was in store for you, you wouldn't hurt anybody, because whatever you do comes back much more forceful than you send it out.
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One thing I learned is that the mind, rather than being the master, should be the servant of the heart.
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When you hear me, you know it's me, regardless of the song.
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As long as there's a few farmers out there, we'll keep fighting for them.
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I use vaporizers a lot. It cuts down on the heat and the smoke. And for a singer that's not a bad idea.
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I was born in Abbott, Texas, a little small town in central Texas, and I was raised by my grandparents. And my parents divorced when I was six months old, and my grandparents raised me.
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What has changed is that nothing has changed... that's what has made me more unhappy than everything else.
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I'm crazy for trying, crazy for crying, and I'm crazy for loving you.
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It doesn't hurt to feel sad from time to time.
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Waylon Jennings and I had a lot of fun recording together.
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Rather than trying to put an end to Eminem or some other rapper, politicians should think about why they're rapping. It's easier to try to censor some kid who's swearing about poverty than it is to stop the poverty.
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When I was growing up, Nashville was the place to go if you had songs to sell and thought you had talent and wanted to tour and be on Grand Ole Opry [radio show]. It was the big deal back in those days to play the Grand Ole Opry. And you could travel around the world saying, "Hi, I'm Willie from the Grand Ole Opry".
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If you've made your own hell, then only you have the power to escape it.
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When I would sell encyclopedias, I would drive down the road looking for a house with a swing set in the back, and I'd say, "Oh, those folks got kids. They need some books." I'd knock on their door and sell them a set of encyclopedias, and those books were from $300 to $600. I'd look around the house, and if there wasn't that much furniture in the house, I felt a little bad about selling a $600 set of books to people who couldn't afford a couch. So I didn't last at that job very long.
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I like to stick with music I know I can play. I love classical, but I don't think I could ever play it. I'm just not qualified.
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Indecision may or may not be our biggest problem.
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I think most people realize that our problems are our government, not me and you individually, except that we can - must have some sort of responsibility, because they're in there and they were elected, so we have to defend ourselves on those lines.
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I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.
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I don't like to think too far ahead.
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Well the country songs themselves are three-chord stories, ballads which are mostly sad. If you are already feeling sorry for yourself when you listen to them they will take you to an even sadder place.
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I text and email my friends and family a lot, but that's about the extent of my high-tech-etude.
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You'll never get ahead by blaming your problems on other people.
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Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
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Freedom is control in your own life.
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America, to me, is freedom.
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It was and is always nice to work with the kids.
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I was in the Air Force a while and they had what they call "policing the area." That's where you looked around and if there's anything wrong here, there, anywhere, you took care of your own area. And I think that's a pretty good thing to go by. If everyone just takes care of their own area then we won't have any problems. Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there. And look around you and see what needs to be changed.
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I'm not prejudiced in any way that I can think of. That's just not the guy I am.
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I grew up across the street from, you know, the Villarias, which was a great Mexican family there. In fact, there was three houses right across the street from me. So, day and night, I listened to Mexican music, and I'm sure, you know, my guitar playing, singing, writing, whatever, has a lot of Mexican flavor there, but it comes natural.
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I got in at 2 with a 10, and woke up at 10 with a 2.
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Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do. I thought I could make it by my own talents. That's what I wanted to prove.
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Three chords and the truth - that's what a country song is.
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I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you'll always be happy, because it's always in the now
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Great songs stand out wherever they're from.
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You will never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
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Gatewood Galbraith was a good friend, and a tireless advocate for the repeal of the ridiculous ban on hemp & marijuana. His book The Last Free Man Standing says it all.
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God has blessed you richly, so get down on your knees and thank him. Don’t forget the less fortunate or God will personally kick your ass. I’d love to do it for him, but I can’t be everywhere.
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I guess if you can't sing, you better have a style!
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If a song was ever good, it's still good.
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I don’t believe in adhering to any rules I don’t support and I didn’t vote for. To hell with what people think. Just be who you are and you’ll be happy.
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I never gave up on country music because I knew what I was doing was not that bad.
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All I do is play music and golf - which one do you want me to give up?
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There is only one map to the journey of life and it lives within your heart
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There are just certain sounds, music, that sort of you know people are going to like it.
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My first job was in a Bohemian polka band, the Rejcek family polka band in Abbott. The old man in the band had another blacksmith shop in Abbott, but he liked me. All he had was horns and drums, and I was set up over there with my little guitar with no amps or nothing. I would play as loud as I wanted to, and nobody could hear me.
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We are the same. There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel, and love, and music seems to be the commons denomination that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.
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I don't smoke as many joints as I used to.
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Writing books is fun because after I do a show for a couple hours, I'm in a bus for 22 hours. It's not hard for me to look out the window and tell a joke here and there.
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As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn't in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.
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When I'm driving the highway by myself is when I write best.
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We're still here trying to get the word out that 330 farmers are quitting every week.
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