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"My version of 'Georgia' became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching."
Top Ray Charles Quotes
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."
"Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap."
"There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, 'If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.'"
"What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room."
"My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil."
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