I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn't that spectacular.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
I write songs about stuff that I can't really get past personally - and then I write a song about it and I feel better.
I don't ever wanna drink again, I just, ooh I just need a friend.
I don't think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It's to do with how much anger is in you.
I told you I was trouble, you know that I'm no good.
I really started writing music to challenge myself, to see what I could write.
I'm romantic. I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations. The other day, I saw a tramp polishing his shoes. That just gripped my heart.
Run around just so I don't have to think about thinking.
All the songs I write are about human dynamics, whether it's with girlfriends, boyfriends, or family.
All the songs sound better when you’re next to me.
And as a writer, your self-worth is literally based on the last thing you wrote.
I don't understand, Why do I stress the man, When there's so many bigger things at hand?
Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.
I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.
Life's short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.
We only said goodbye with words I died a hundred time, you go back to her and I go back to black.
I like pin-up girls. I'm more of a boy than a girl. I'm not a lesbian, though - not before a sambuca anyway.
I'm not Amy the star, I'm Amy the girl with the guitar.
Here in England, everyone's a pop star, innit, whereas in America they believe in the term artist.
If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.
All I can ever be to you Is the darkness that we knew, And this regret I've got accustomed to.
Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail.
I didn't think it was special to be able to sing.
I don't regret anything.
My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.
I'm always happy to blow up any misconceptions that people have about stage school cos everyone thinks it's really nasty there but it's not.
Over futile odds, and laughed at by the gods And now the final frame. Love is a losing game.
I don't care what people think about me. Never did, never will. Life is too short to be worrying about that shit.
I've always had my own style, I've always been different. I don't like to wear anything that anyone else is wearing because it's very important for me to make a statement.
I don’t need help because if I can’t help myself I can’t be helped.
Mr False Pretence, you don't make sense I just don't know you But you make me cry, where's my kiss goodbye I think I love you.
If you're nice to me I'll never write anything bad about you.
I'm not a natural born performer.
It's my responsibility, And you don't owe nothing to me, But to walk away I have no capacity.
I've had everything pierced at some point.
I think that we have to be aware that people are allowed to make mistakes.
The dark covers me and I cannot run now.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
I've got a crush on my backing singer.
Life happens. There is no point in being upset or down about things we can't control or change.
I love America, it's a much more permissive place.
I don't have emotional needs, only physical ones.
Music is the only thing that will give and give and give and not take...
If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
I cheated myself, like I knew I would.
I don't think I'm such an amazing person who needs to be written about.
I don't think I knew what depression was. I knew I felt funny sometimes and I was different. I think it's a musician thing. That's why I write music. You know, I'm not like some messed up person. There is a lot of people that suffer depression that don't have an outlet, you know what I mean? That can't pick up a guitar for an hour and feel better.
I'm lucky because I do get to fly first-class now.
His face in my dreams, seizing my guts, he floods me with dread. Soaked in soul, he swims in my eyes by the bed. Pour myself over him, moon spilling in And I wake up alone.
Yes, I'm still going to misbehave!
I've never been a boyfriend kind of girl.
There is no point in saying anything but the truth because, at the end of the day, you don't have to answer to anyone but yourself.
I should just be my own best friend, Not fuck myself in the head with stupid men.
I don't listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It's all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You'd have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music - I couldn't sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.
I'd like to be remembered as someone who wasn't satisfied with just one level of musicianship ... as someone who was a pioneer.
I'm much healthier now.
When I was a little kid it was my dream to go to drama school, but it was never something I thought would happen to me. I was a Jewish girl from North London and things like that don't happen to Jewish girls from North London called Amy Winehouse.
I was gutted to leave my boyfriend at home when I started my tour, but taking my pillow was like taking a little bit of him with me.
I'm not very ambitious at all.
I'm happiest with my family around me.
I want at least five kids. I want twins.
I'm my own worst critic, and if I don't pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won't be a happy girl.
I'm not frightened of appearing vulnerable.
Since I was 16, I've felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression.
Some people reckoned that I looked healthier when I was bigger but I had terrible skin and no energy.
I read a lot when I'm travelling and always have a couple of books on the go.”
I would love to study guitar or trumpet.
Cause I'm a musician, I'm not really good at posing and being a model, like, modeling.
When I'm nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.
Some men do think I'm a psycho bunny-boiler.
To be honest, I think kids have got a lot more going on than adults. They've got their heads screwed on a lot better.
When you're around kids you can be a little kid yourself and pretend that life is magic and you don't have to be one of those sweaty people going to work every day.
I'm of the school of thought where, if you can't sort something out for yourself, no one can help you. Rehab is great for some people but not others.
I listen to music that is of our time and I just get angry.
At Age 11, I used to listen to Madonna's Immaculate Collection every day.
“I always said I never wanted to write about love, but then I went and did that anyway.
“I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I don't like girls pretending to be stupid because it's easier.
“If you play an instrument, it makes you a better singer. The more you play, the better you sing, the more you sing, the better you play.
I made an album I'm very proud of, and that's about it.
I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn't recognize myself.
Now I think that going to the gym is the best drug. I go four times a week and it gives me the buzz I need.
My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they're going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.
I know I'm talented, but I wasn't put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it's not where it begins and ends.
You know how you either grow up in a Michael Jackson house or a Prince house? For me it was Michael Jackson. I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him.
There's no point in saying anything but the truth.
You know I'm no good.
Basically, I live to do gigs.
I can play a lot of different instruments adequately but nothing really well.
I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn't that unusual. You know, a lot of people do.
I couldn't resist him, his eyes were like yours, his hair was exactly the shade of brown. He's just not as tall, but I couldn't tell, it was dark and I was lying down.
I love to live and I live to love.
When will we get the chance to be just friends? It's never safe for us, not even in the evening, cuz I've been drinking. Not in the morning, when your shit works. It's always dangerous when everybody's sleeping, and I've been thinking...Can we be alone?
Sisters come before carpet burns and blisters.
Emulate all the shit my mother hates, I can't help but demonstrate my freudian fate.
My husband is everything to me and without him it's just not the same.
If you don't throw yourself into something, you'll never know what you could have had.
I believe in fate and I believe that things happen for a reason but I don't think that there's a high power, necessarily. I believe in karma very much though.
I can't help you if you won't help yourself.
Women don't try to use me.
You've got a degree in philosophy; so you think you're cleverer than me. But I'm not just some drama queen. Cause it's where you're at, not where you've been.
It’s too much of a drinking culture, everything tastes better with a drink. Like, watch TV: glass of wine. Cooking dinner: glass of champagne. White wine vinegar hasn’t got white wine in it. Has it?
I dont ever want to do anything mediocre. I hear the music in the charts and I dont mean to be rude, but those people have no soul. Learning from music is like eating a meal - you have to pace yourself. You cant take everything from it all at once. I want to be different, definitely. Im not a one trick pony. Im at least a five-trick pony.
Life is so much more rewarding if you strive for something, rather than take what's given to you on a plate.
Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.
I'm planning my most ambitious tattoo yet. You can never have enough tats.
I only write about stuff that’s happened to me.. stuff I can’t get past personally. Luckily, I'm quite self-destructive.
Life is short, do it, you know because life is short.
I was expecting it to be cynical because I'm like that myself. I wouldn't want it to be all roses because life isn't like that.
My tears dry on their own.
I really thought I was on the way out. My husband Blake saved my life. Often I don't know what I do, then the next day the memory returns. And then I am engulfed in shame.
I just dress like... I'm an old black man. Sorry! Like I'm an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it's still the '50s.
I'm a realist and a dreamer. There are certain things you can give certain people and certain things you can't.
I'm a young woman and I'm going to write about what I know.
Relationship doesn’t remain, We resonate on different flames, I could cut you down again, If you were like all other men, If you were like all other men, I know that I could shut you down again.
Cause there's nothing, there's nothing you can teach me That I can't learn from Mr. Hathaway.
What kind of fuckery is this?
Feel so fucking angry; don't want to be reminded of you, But when I left my shit in your kitchen, I said goodbye to your bedroom it smelled of you.
Since I've come on home, Well my body's been a mess And I've missed your ginger hair And the way you like to dress.
I've forgotten all of young love's joy.
Will you still love me tomorrow?
I love doing music and playing gigs, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to do so. But to be honest, I’m not the kind of person that will think about the demographic. I’m just the ‘turn’.
He still stands in spite of what his scars say.
If I haven’t done it, I just can’t put it into a song. It has to be autobiographical. It’s an exorcism. I get all my stuff out there. If I didn’t have this medium to get my experiences across, I would be lost.
Can I believe the magic of your sighs?
I was bored of complicated chord structures and needed something more direct. I’d been listening to a lot of girl-groups from the ’50s and ‘60s. I liked the simplicity of that stuff. It just gets to the point. So I started thinking about writing songs in that way.
Now it’s not hard to understand, Why we just speak at night, The only time I hold your hand, Is to get the angle right, Everything is slowing down, River of no return, You recognize my every sound, There’s nothing new to learn.
When I was six or seven…I liked Kylie and loved Madonna. I listened to Madonna’s ‘Immaculate Collection’ every day until I was about 11, and then I discovered Salt ‘n’ Pepa and TLC. That was, ‘Oh my God … this is my music!’ Me and my best friend Juliet started our first ever band, Sweet ‘n’ Sour. We were rappers. I was Sour, of course.
Music is something in my life where I can be completely honest, and sometimes I don’t want to sing some of the songs ‘cos they’re so raw.
I’m a girly girl. It’s just my music. It’s the only thing I have real dignity in in my life. That’s the one area in my life where I can hold my head up and say, ‘No one can touch me.’ ‘Cos no one can touch me!