Top 10 Quotes by Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III

I don't write about anything I don't want to write about. I like to think I could write about anything pretty much that I chose to. I have been asked to write songs about specific things, and I've always been able to come up with the goods.

Loudon Wainwright III
If I had five minutes to live, I don't think I'd be bothered singing a song. I'd be dead, so it won't really matter. I'd have a glass of wine and a cigarette.
Loudon Wainwright III

I had a hip replacement a couple of years ago. I have a song about that. And why wouldn't you? It strikes me that that was a huge event. It's kind of funny and horrible and interesting, so why wouldn't one write about that?

Loudon Wainwright III
As it turns out, three of my four kids are professional singers. And they're really interesting, good singers.
Loudon Wainwright III

When a parent dies, the whole house of cards comes down.

Loudon Wainwright III
After a war, after a concentration camp, I find it's not too difficult to be happy.
Loudon Wainwright III

My feeling is that, and I've been writing about my family over the years, although it might make them feel uncomfortable, people generally like to be written about. If I've written a song about the family, they enjoy being mentioned in the songs. Nobody's confronted me and said 'don't write any songs about me.

Loudon Wainwright III
Why kill good people just to get a bad man?
Loudon Wainwright III

I always wanted to be an actor, even as a little kid. So I went to drama school in the late '60s at Carnegie Mellon.

Loudon Wainwright III
It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn't own water skis or a snorkel.