Doomsday is quite within our reach, if we will only stretch for it.

-Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III

If you're 28 and singing about being over the hill, you're pretending. When you're 67 and singing about it, you know what you're talking about.

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 wasn't in a lot of rock and roll bands. I was in jug bands and things when I was in school. Loudon Wainwright II

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

I studied acting and there's certainly an element of performance. I think that the songs are in many ways written to be performed. I think about what it's going to be like to sing them on stage rather than what it's going to be like to have someone at home listening to them on a CD. I guess in that way there's a connection between my acting experience and the songwriting and the way the songs are written.

Loudon Wainwright III
I think I'm the oldest new Bob Dylan around. I predate Bruce Springsteen, Steve Forbat and John Prine. I was probably the first of the new Bob Dylans.
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
I'm always asked if the songs that I write are therapeutic, and my answer is a quick no. In fact, it could be argued that they exacerbate my neurosis.
Loudon Wainwright III

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

Loudon Wainwright III
It's nice when people say, 'God, I've been listening to you since 1963 or 1985, or whatever.' I appreciate anybody who goes out and buys music these days.