If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist.
I found it hard to make friends in school, because I was a cerebral person.
I've clearer idea of how I don't want to be seen -- as someone who does what everyone wants them to.
My baby lives in shades of blue, blue eyes and jazz and attitude.
I have taken taking my music to labels for years, and everyone just thought it was creepy. They thought the images with the music were weird and verging on psychotic.
I only know how to do me, so that's just what I'm going to do.
Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I've got nothing but my aching soul?
Be like snow -- cold, but beautiful.
I'm not a natural performer or exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange.
Oh what can i do life is beautiful but you don't have a clue.
My songs are cinematic so they seem to reference a glamorous era or fetishize certain lifestyles, but that's not my aim.
To be honest like when you work at something for a long time and then coming to a family of people who support what you do hmm... you are very lucky!
Feeling like you're respected among the people who do the same thing you do is incredible and necessary.
Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don't fail forever.
Initially the fashion world was more interested in me than the music world, which was strange when I first started singing.
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I have. I am fucking crazy.
But I am free.
I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Done my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm feeling alive.
Einstein said 'your imagination is more important than intelligence,' and I have a very, very big imagination.
For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept... Whenever people bring up feminism, I'm like, god. I'm just not really that interested.
My understanding of God has come from my own personal experiences. Because I was in trouble so many times in New York that if you were me, you would believe in God too.
A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I'm writing about New York.
A man's ego is just as fragile as a woman's heart.
I mainly let my imagination be my reality. Fantasy is my reality.
We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore -- except to make our lives into a work of art.
Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past.
I want to stay hopeful, even though I get scared about why we're even alive at all.
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough.
I don't know why.
I have a great appreciation for our world's history. I learn from my own mistakes, I learn from the mistakes we've made as a human race.
Dark and lonely. I need somebody to hold me.
There's backlash about everything I do.
Pick your role models wisely, find out what they did and do it.
When I got to New York City when I was 18, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn -- I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point -- and that was it.
I am nostalgic of an era I never knew.
Being an entrepreneur doesn't make you a rich tycoon and being an innovator doesn't mean that you're successful. It just means that you're interesting.
Do you know how expensive it is to look this cheap?
A lot of the reason my look is the way it is, is because it's really easy to put on a sundress every night if I have to perform -- or just wear jeans every day and a flannel or something.
I'm not like a persona. I'm not a caricature of myself.
It's nice to be able to try and build the life you want for yourself.
You do things so fast, you end up having so many different lifestyles all in one short time.
Down on the West Coast I get this feeling like it all could happen.
In the Land of Gods and Monsters I was an angel looking to get fucked hard.
I think America is amazing for its landscape and its history. California is beautiful, New York is beautiful, but when you're a gypsy at heart, it probably suits you to be traveling.
Mary praise the rosary for my broken mind.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger is so not true. You know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.
I believe that there is no doubts about who I am, an artist who loves music, above everything.
I like a little hardcore love.
Live fast. Die young. Be wild. Have fun.
My music is a luxury.
God has saved me a million times, so I think He must've enjoyed my song.
Think I'll miss you forever,
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky.
I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me I had a chameleon soul, no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality; just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean.
High heels off; I'm feeling alive.
Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer, life imitates art.
Synchronicites . It's been said that coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous. Synchronicities are a sign of divinity. You breathe in deeply and say: 'I don't want anything. I'm going to let things happen.'
When I found somebody who I fell in love with, it made me feel different than I felt the rest of the day. It was electrifying.
When I found somebody who I fell in love with, it made me feel different than I felt the rest of the day. It was electrifying. That's what inspired the 'Off to the Races' melodies. That's one of the times when you're feeling electrified by someone else and they make you happy to be alive.
I'm personally more struck by visual things more than musical.
I sing the National Anthem, while I'm standing, over your body, hold you like a python.
I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast
I am alone in the night
Been trying hard not to get into trouble, but I
I've got a war in my mind
So, I just ride.
I don't really care about how good a song is, I only want them to reflect what I felt when I was writing them.
It takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what
true freedom is.
I once had a dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events some of those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken.
But I didn't really mind, because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
In New York I pretty much live in diners -- I order French Fries, Diet Coke floats and lots of coffee.
I know now that it's really important to feel beautiful. There is a power to that.
Bad things happen everyday but you're not going to be any happier thinking about them. So I don't think about them.
A lot of what's been written about me is not true: of my family history or my choices or my interests. Actually, I've never read anything written about me that was true. It's been completely crazy.
I used to wonder if it was God's plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.
I have kind of a funny relationship with movies. I don't have to see the whole movie to get an impression of it or to let it have an influence on me.
Life is a velvet crowbar hitting you over the head, you're bleeding syrup amour, bleeding to death.
I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It's all authentic.
I love to sing and I really love to write, but in terms of being onstage, I'm not that comfortable, which I think is sort of clear.
Don't make me sad, don't make me cry. Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough, I don't know why.
I don't really have any gimmicks. I don't actually do anything that's strange. I don't even wear weird things.
When I was young I felt really overwhelmed and confused by the desire not to end up in an office, doing something I didn't believe in.
I'm the gangsta Nancy Sinatra.
I'm like a child who belongs to nobody.
My dancing is Hawaiian-inspired but I also get a little fresh when it comes to my faster songs.
When your happiness is someone else's happiness, that is love.
Money is the anthem of success, so put on your mascara and your party dress.
I lived where I could and studied what I enjoyed studying. I took what I wanted from that education but was making my first record at the same time.
Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything.
It's just a relief, really. I'm scared to die, but I want to die.
They judge me like a picture book, by the colors, like they forgot to read.
Even if you're the best singer in the world, there's a good chance no one will ever hear you.
I lost my reputation, I forgot my truth. But I have my beauty and I have my youth.
I just look for someone who makes me feel like life is an exciting opportunity and, you know, just like to be alive.
Seeing myself on the screen makes me cringe. I understand that I am that way -- pouty.
Loving you forever can't be wrong. Even though you're not here, can't move on.
I was a different sort of child, as half the children are. I was in that category of being free-spirited.
I guess my strongest recurring theme is honoring love, even when it's lost.