Top 67 Eric Clapton Quotes

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“The blues are what I’ve turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life.”

― Eric Clapton

“Music became a healer for me.”

― Eric Clapton

“I think everybody has their own way of looking at their lives as some kind of pilgrimage. Some people will see their role as a pilgrim in terms of setting up a fine family, or establishing a business inheritance. Everyone’s got their own definition.”

― Eric Clapton

“I’d love to knock an audience cold with one note, but what do you do for the rest of the evening?”

― Eric Clapton

“I don’t know if I believe in luck. I think I’m very fortunate.”

― Eric Clapton

“In playing, I suppose my greatest gift was to express the way I felt or the willingness to express myself.”

― Eric Clapton

“An obsession is where something will not leave your mind.”

― Eric Clapton

“Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I’d rather lie around. No contest.”

― Eric Clapton

“I’ve got the god given talent or the god given opportunity better put, to let that out in a harmless way you know, and I don’t know what it does to you, I don’t really know.”

― Eric Clapton

“I’m not a big fan of lead vocalists, people who sing but don’t play. I never wanted to be in a band where the guy who was up front just sang. I’ve always thought it better when one of the musicians sings, like Steve Winwood.”

― Eric Clapton

“There’s a desire in me to express something – to match what I hear in my head.”

― Eric Clapton

“Oh yeah, I mean, it wasn’t a very good guitar, most good guitars have got thrust rods in the necks that you can adjust or that’ll keep them in shape, you know keep them straight. This one just, well it turned into a bow and arrow after a couple of months.”

― Eric Clapton

“The point of being at home is to be with my family as much as possible.”

― Eric Clapton

“I think everybody has their own way of looking at their lives as some kind of pilgrimage. Some people will see their role as a pilgrim in terms of setting up a fine family, or establishing a business inheritance. Everyone’s got their own definition. Mine, I suppose, is to know myself.”

― Eric Clapton

“I like solitude. I like the anomalous life. I like a quiet life.”

― Eric Clapton

“Risk is trying to control something you are powerless over.”

― Eric Clapton

“I just like the company of beautiful women. I have a weakness in that department.”

― Eric Clapton

“I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.”

― Eric Clapton

“Very much like that, and very much a loner, do you know and I didn’t fit really into sport or all kind of group activities as a kid, I couldn’t find a niche. And music was not really part of the kind of village curriculum it would, you know.”

― Eric Clapton

“It is painful to relive things that have caused emotional crises or whatever and find ways to express that musically.”

― Eric Clapton

“I used to do crazy things that people would bail me out of, and I’m just grateful that I survived. But the music got very lost; I didn’t know where I was going, and I didn’t really care. I was more into just having a good time, and I think it showed.”

― Eric Clapton

“Yeah, and I went straight into a fantasy world. Just stepped straight into the abyss. You know, I was gone and kids used to walk past my front room, cause I lived on the green.”

― Eric Clapton

“’My Father’s Eyes’ is very personal. I realized that the closest I ever came to looking in my father’s eyes was when I looked into my son’s eyes.”

― Eric Clapton

“It was a mystery to me, how the tuning was, or the style seemed to come out of nowhere, it obviously had roots in America going way back, there was nothing like it for me I’d ever seen before.”

― Eric Clapton

“I don’t have half the nerves there that I have anywhere else.”

― Eric Clapton

“I am, and always will be, a blues guitarist.”

― Eric Clapton

“The toughest thing about being a celebrity, I suppose, is being polite when I don’t want to be.”

― Eric Clapton

“But the guitar, when you think about it, is the most versatile, really. I mean you can pick it up and take it with you wherever you go.”

― Eric Clapton

“My original interests and intentions in guitar playing were primarily created on quality of tone, for instance, the way the instrument could be made to echo or simulate the human voice.”

― Eric Clapton

“The first guitar I ever had was a gut-string Spanish guitar, and I couldn’t really get the hang of it. I was only 13, and I talked my grandparents into buying it for me. I tried and tried and tried, but got nowhere with it.”

― Eric Clapton

“A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really, I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind of semi hits for the people on it in America.”

― Eric Clapton

“I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was a worth while that was something to do, you know, and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn’t seem that difficult to me, to be able to make a good noise out of it.”

― Eric Clapton

“I mean, it didn’t matter to me that there were people, it didn’t matter that I was shy Just the sound was so captivating that it helped me to get rid of those inhibitions.”

― Eric Clapton

“Yeah, it is, because it’s a real discovery of your inner resources, you know. That’s what my character is all about and what my playing is all about. But to get up there and just go inside and draw out something that makes you feel good first and foremost.”

― Eric Clapton

“From the beginning, I knew intuitively that if nothing else, music was safe, and that nobody could tell me anything about it. Music didn’t need a middleman, whereas all the other things in school needed some kind of explanation.”

― Eric Clapton

“I remember hearing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and not really knowing anything about the geography or the culture of the music. But for some reason it did something to me – it resonated.”

― Eric Clapton

“It’s taken me to be an older guy, an old man, to have an old man’s voice. Because I only liked old men’s voices. As a kid, I didn’t like pip-squeaked singers.”

― Eric Clapton

“This moment in time, on this tour, you know, I’m discovering a lot of new things. And to be 45 and doing that, it’s a mixture of pleasure and pain, I can assure you.”

― Eric Clapton

“They looked great, you know the drawings of the guys playing looked great and bits of string around their necks. So it didn’t seem to be that difficult a thing to do, or that inaccessible.”

― Eric Clapton

“The first one was quite cheap, but that was expensive for us. For my folks to buy on the Never Never. It was quite, you know, a rare object to have and I gained quite a lot of status by having this.”

― Eric Clapton

“One summer I remember, I got exposed to Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly and Buddy Holly was a very very big, made a very big impression on me. Because of a lot of things, you know, the way he looked and his charisma.”

― Eric Clapton

“Leave bands, go back to obscurity if I choose to, without a great sense of loss of security because it’s all been based on the fact that I did it on my own or was doing, enjoying doing it on my own in the first place.”

― Eric Clapton

“It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues, you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced to us and I absorbed it totally, and it changed my complete outlook on music.”

― Eric Clapton

“Yeah, I wanted to know where they got it from, what it was all about, you know, and it seemed to strike something in me that was you know rearing it’s head and I still don’t know what that is.”

― Eric Clapton

“I mean, the sound of an amplified guitar in a room full of people was so hypnotic and addictive to me, that I could cross any kind of border to get on there.”

― Eric Clapton

“Although they can do it all the time, you know, they’re far better than me, on a musically, on a theoretical music level. You know, they’re out of my league.”

― Eric Clapton

“It’s very dependent on your state of mind. And your emotional state as well. And a lot of it comes pouring out, you don’t really have that much control with it.”

― Eric Clapton

“When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it’s a pretty honorable position to be in.”

― Eric Clapton

“One of the most beneficial things I’ve ever learned is how to keep my mouth shut.”

― Eric Clapton

“Well, I think part of my gift, or if I have one, is that I love listening.”

― Eric Clapton

“But I did go to music really early on, even when I was 4 or 5, I was responding to music probably in ways other kids were not.”

― Eric Clapton

“I just like the company of beautiful women. I have a weakness in that department. And I suppose because I am fairly well off and a famous musician, I’m up for grabs. And that makes me an eligible bachelor in the press.”

― Eric Clapton

“I remember when I thought of singing as the bit that went between the guitar playing – something I couldn’t wait to get out of the way. Singing was originally like a chore that I didn’t really enjoy.”

― Eric Clapton

“I feel a real need to observe a level of propriety in what I’m handing out. Instead of me just venting or spilling my guts, I’ve got to consider how it’s going to affect people. How it’s going to affect me, as well. Because it’s like a cycle.”

― Eric Clapton

“My dedication to my music has driven everyone away. I’ve had girlfriends, but I always end up on my own. I don’t particularly like it, but I don’t see a way ’round it.”

― Eric Clapton

“I grew up playing in clubs – that’s my spiritual stomping ground.”

― Eric Clapton

“I listened to King Oliver and I listened to Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp… I listened to everything I could that came from that place that they call the blues but, in formality, isn’t necessarily the blues.”

― Eric Clapton

“I wish I could write easily. I’m one of those guys who’s visited by the muse when things are dire.”

― Eric Clapton

“Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family.”

― Eric Clapton

“To sing in a lower key is harder work. You have to use your diaphragm more.”

― Eric Clapton

“The first band I identified with from Chicago was the Muddy Waters band.”

― Eric Clapton

“I think I deliberately sold out a couple of times. I picked the songs that I thought would do well in the marketplace, even though I didn’t really love the song.”

― Eric Clapton

“I never met Johnny Rotten, and I didn’t want to meet Johnny Rotten.”

― Eric Clapton

“I tried when I was 13, when my grandparents gave me an acoustic guitar, and I tried for a year. It hurt so much to play. I mean, the fingertips hurt so much, I gave up.”

― Eric Clapton

“I often enjoy singing in an acoustic setting more than an amplified one.”

― Eric Clapton

“When you’re onstage with an electric band going through a massive P.A. system, it’s very artificial. You can’t really hear your own voice as it comes out of your mouth.”

― Eric Clapton

“I did play a lot of fingerstyle when I first started playing. I could never really find the right combination of flatpick or fingerpick, so playing fingerstyle is really the easiest way – though it’s quite strenuous on the fingertips.”

― Eric Clapton
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