I am the student who picks his nose, so come over here and take off your clothes.

-John Hiatt
John Hiatt

Jim Dickinson is a musical shaman. He not only understands and knows music, he knows and understands the people who make it. It was kind of freaky sometimes, because he would seem to know what we were thinking musically before we played it, then he'd articulate it in a way that made more sense than how we envisioned it.

John Hiatt
I see you over there, just clinging to the wall. Because they told you like ivy you were bound to crawl. But you kept looking up, girl, and I know why. You knew someday you were gonna touch the sky.
John Hiatt

Sometimes love can be so wrong/Like a fat man in a thong,

John Hiatt
When the road gets dark - And you can no longer see - Just let my love throw a spark - And have a little faith in me.
John Hiatt

In the end, it's not going to have very much impact. We've closed the barn door after the horse is gone.

John Hiatt
I don't even think about that stuff,
John Hiatt

[For the first several songs, Hiatt performed with rock 'n' roll energy, sawing away on his guitar and blowing his harmonica with near abandon. After completing a furious version of] Your Dad Did, ... I love folk music.

John Hiatt
I'm like, 'Yeah, right.' At first I thought it was a friend putting me on.
John Hiatt

This is just one of many, many incidences where people have treated federal land as part of their operations, just sort of done whatever they have felt like doing, to make it work for them.

John Hiatt
I'd always wanted to make a record with Jim Dickinson, and I'd known about his boys for years, ... He reminded me that when they were 13 or 14 years old they had a punk rock band and I'd called him and wanted to make a record with them then.