Quotes by: Natalie Merchant

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Natalie Merchant
In concert in Maryhill, Washington in 2010
Background information
Birth name Natalie Anne Merchant
Born (1963-10-26) October 26, 1963 (age 53)
Jamestown, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, piano
Years active 1981–present
Labels Elektra Records
Myth America Records
Nonesuch/Elektra Records
Associated acts 10,000 Maniacs
Michael Stipe
Website Official website

I think of myself as a musician and not a celebrity. Celebrity status is something you have to deliberately pursue - I couldn't imagine myself seeking that.
Natalie Merchant
I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control prople's minds, I'd like to put something useful in.
Natalie Merchant
Literature gives us a window into other people's experiences in other places, in other times, so I thought it would be really interesting to investigate how different people had written about motherhood, and childhood.
Natalie Merchant
I don't think women's prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don't think mass murder is humorous.
Natalie Merchant
Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index.
Natalie Merchant
It's really wonderful to be able to be nobody, and then have a moment when I can be somebody, and then go right back to being nobody again.
Natalie Merchant
It's funny, I remember doing the Johnny Carson show, and, uh, I couldn't afford my rent.
Natalie Merchant
I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd like to live in a culture of hope.
Natalie Merchant
The research phase was really fascinating - I'm not a closeted nerd, I'm an out-of-the-closet nerd.
Natalie Merchant
I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!
Natalie Merchant
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
Natalie Merchant
I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.
Natalie Merchant
I wish I had appreciated my youth - I should have worn tighter clothing when I could have!
Natalie Merchant
I can't remove the autobiographical slant from the things I write. You always bring yourself into what you're writing.
Natalie Merchant
My mother was a single working mother; she started having children very young. There was a tension inside her about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and how she couldn't achieve the things she wanted to.
Natalie Merchant
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