Happy 33rd birthday Amy Winehouse: 33 best quotes

Daniel Wren

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Wednesday 14 September would have been Amy Winehouse’s 33rd birthday. Amy made waves with the cool swagger of Frank, which coupled contemporary jazz with cheeky (often bawdy) lyrics. She followed up this complex but sometimes underrated album with the smoother and darker Back to Black, which took the sound of 60s girl groups and doused it in angst. The album was luxurious, tortured and haunting – and came to symbolise the singer’s troubled life as the media, the industry and her own demons pushed her to the limit.

When Amy Winehouse died, we knew we’d lost a musical icon. We celebrate this unique singer by presenting 33 of her best quotes – one for every year since her birth.

“What kind of fuckery is this?”

“I believe in fate and I believe that things happen for a reason but I don’t think that there’s a high power, necessarily. I believe in karma very much though.”

“Mr False Pretence, you don’t make sense
I just don’t know you
But you make me cry, where’s my kiss goodbye
I think I love you”

“You know that I’m no good”

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“I couldn’t resist him, his eyes were like yours, his hair was exactly the shade of brown.
He’s just not as tall, but I couldn’t tell, it was dark and I was lying down.”

“Now I think that going to the gym is the best drug. I go four times a week and it gives me the buzz I need.”

“I write songs about stuff that I can’t really get past personally – and then I write a song about it and I feel better.”

“I’m my own worst critic, and if I don’t pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won’t be a happy girl.”

“I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations.”

“Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.”

“I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.”

“I love what I do, but it’s not where it begins and ends.”

“Cause I’m a musician, I’m not really good at posing and being a model, like, modelling.”

“When I’m nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.”

“Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway.”

“When will we get the chance to be just friends? It’s never safe for us, not even in the evening, cuz I’ve been drinking. Not in the morning, when your shit works. It’s always dangerous when everybody’s sleeping, and I’ve been thinking…Can we be alone?”

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“We only said goodbye with words I died a hundred time, you go back to her and I go back to black…”

“Feel so fucking angry; don’t want to be reminded of you,
But when I left my shit in your kitchen,
I said goodbye to your bedroom it smelled of you”

“There is no point in saying anything but the truth because, at the end of the day, you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.”

“My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking”

“His face in my dreams,
seizing my guts,
he floods me with dread.
Soaked in soul,
he swims in my eyes
by the bed.
Pour myself over him,
moon spilling in
And I wake up alone.”

“Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.”

“I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.”

“Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen”

“If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had.”

“You’ve got a degree in philosophy; so you think you’re cleverer than me. But I’m not just some drama queen. Cause it’s where you’re at, not where you’ve been.”

“Relationship doesn’t remain, We resonate on different flames, I could cut you down again, If you were like all other men, If you were like all other men, I know that I could shut you down again”

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“I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but I don’t like girls pretending to be stupid because it’s easier.”

“Emulate all the shit my mother hates, I can’t help but demonstrate my freudian fate”

“I love to live and I live to love.”

“If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.”

“I don’t regret anything.”

“I can’t help you if you won’t help yourself.”

About Daniel Wren

Vada Magazine staff writer. Interested in travel, news, politics and dating.