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One of these mornings youre goin to rise up singing. Then youll spread your wings and youll take the sky.
Summertime and the livin is easy. Fish are jumpin and the cotton is high. Oh your daddys rich and your ma is good lookin so hush little baby, dont you cry.
I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
Once, when we were playing at the Apollo, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don't know if it was the right thing to do - I asked her for her autograph.
The only thing better than singing is more singing.
Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today -- that's what it means, it means it was worth all of it.
I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.
A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside... I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.
I sing like I feel.
Oh, I have gobs and gobs of ideas, but... well, you dream things like that, and that's what these are, you know--my day dreams.
Ome kids in Italy call me 'Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me 'Grandma Jazz.
I've had some wonderful love affairs and some that didn't work out. I don't want to dwell on that and I don't want to put people down, but I think all the fabulous places I've been, the wonderful things that have happened for me, the great people I've met - that ought to make a story.
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