– [Interviewer] So it’s all about wisdom.
Wisdom and your own words.
– You can be the gangster on the street,
you can be the hoodlum, the I don’t care,
you can be the Wall Street guy,
you can be a Harvard, Yale boss, I don’t care.
As soon as you open your mouth and say,
“I love you”, I gotcha.
Those three words,
will never go outta style.
What you study, what you learn about yourself,
and about human nature is that,
life is basically a game of solitaire.
And so, you’re only playing yourself.
Something about being scared to death
What is the similarity between a hero
and a coward?
They’re both scared to death.
It’s just one step forward,
and one step back.
My father said, “It’s the test, man.
“Are you gonna pass that test?”
And so to me, you know, be the experimenter
of the music and to dare the,
you gotta dare, you gotta dare failure.
“Three Times a Lady” in the middle of disco?
It’s pretty crazy.
(whistles) I didn’t know any better.
I went to Tuskeegee, and I figured
that probably I was not gonna be
this rocket scientist.
A lot of my life was consumed with clergy.
And so, I’m thinking,
“Well, I might be a priest.”
And I reached out for a couple of my,
dear friends’ ministers.
Make a long story short,
I joined the Commodores.
And one girl screamed on the front row
and said, “Sing it baby.”
Well, I called up the ministers and said,
“I don’t think I’m gonna be priest material.”
(interviewer laughs loudly)
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