I learned the truth at seventeen, That love was meant for beauty queens, And high school girls with clear skinned smiles, Who married young and then retired.
I started 'Society's Child' on a bus in East Orange as I was going home from school. I saw a black and white couple sitting there and started thinking about it.
There will always be those people who are just backward and ignorant. There will always be those people. They need somebody to feel superior to.
I had a vague idea of the song's impact in the '60s, but that was tempered by the hate mail and threats I was receiving. It was only about ten years ago, when I finally put it back in my show because so many people were asking for it, that I understood 'Society's Child' real impact.
At the end of the day, all you can hope for is to go on. The older I get, the more I realize that just keeping on keeping on is what life's all about.
Artists are taught to be humble about their impact, especially in folk music. It's so ingrained that I have a hard time even thinking I had any impact other than what a normal hit song would have.
Once you're halfway home, you know that you can probably get the rest of the way there.
The best thing you can learn from the worst times of your life is that it always gets better. It may take a month, a year, a decade, but it will get better if you leave yourself open to it.
I bought all my friends guitars and I had a good time with my money. But then one day the IRS came knocking.
It seems to be part of the human condition to need someone you can look down on. I still don't get that one.
It's neat to have finally reached a point where I can accept what I was and what I am.
Some people would rather stay ignorant and self-satisfied.
A radio show recently did a beautiful eulogy of me.
I feel I was born with the music coming to me, and that's not something to be wasted.
I want to do some fiction writing, I've had some pretty good luck with short stories, I'd like to do a couple of larger things.
It's what I do well - I write about things that make people uncomfortable. That's probably the only thing I do better than my peers.
That's an amazing moment, the first time you hear yourself on radio. It's still thrilling.
When you're young, the goal is to have a hit. You get a little older and the goal becomes to get to make another record.
At the end of the day, if you don't have a record contract, a studio or a guitar, you can still write songs. You're still an artist. That's something no one can take away.
I see interracial couples all the time in Nashville. I'm a Jew in Nashville. I'm a gay person in Nashville. It's a non-issue in most of the time. That's a huge leap forward.