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- I've never had more faith in america than I do today.
We have an america that in Bob Dylan's phrase,
is "busy being born,"not busy dying.
[Cheers and applause]
[Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine man
- hey Mr. Tambourine man...
- All right. - play a song for me...
- Sounds familiar. - I'm not sleepy
and there is no place I'm going to
hey Mr. Tambourine man play a song for me
in the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you
though I know that evening's empire
has returned into sand
vanished from my hand
left me blindly here to stand
but still not sleeping
my weariness amazes me
I'm branded on my feet
I have no one to meet
and the ancient empty street's
too dead for dreaming
- I used to know all the big Bob Dylan's records
before I was governor in the 鈥?0s,
and, uh...And I...I know I think everything that Bob did
that, uh, Willie Nelson ever wrote,
and of course the Allman brothers
helped put me in the white house
by raising money when I didn't have any money.
[Rock music playing]
- 'Cause there's a man down there
might be your man I don't know
- Gregg and I,we're good friends.
The Allman brothers have been here,
and Bob Dylan has not been here,
but Willie Nelson has been here,
and...and Johnny cash has been here.
- We got married in a fever
hotter than a pepper sprout
- I was there when he brought June cash
down here to meet me.
We always claimed that she was my cousin.
When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography,
he confessed that he smoked pot, uh, in the white house
one...one night when he was spending the night with me,
and he says that his companion that shared the pot with him
was one of the servants at the white house.
That is not exactly true.
It actually was one of my sons,
which he didn't want to, uh,you know,
categorize as a...As a pot smoker like him.
There were some people who didn't like my being deeply
involved with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan
and disreputable, you know,rock and rollers,
but I didn't care about that because I was doing
what I really believed and the response I think
from the followers of those musicians
was much more influential than a few people who thought that
being associated with rock and roll
and radical people was, uh, inappropriate for a president.
- Whether the wrath of
the storm-tossed sea
the master of ocean
and earth and skies
shall sweetly [Cheering]
- One of the things that has held america together
when we've been together has been the music that we share
Well, I'd say that the common beat
that people have within them,
a desire for country music,a desire for rock and roll,
or a desire for jazz,
or a desire for classical music,
is something that binds people together.
- When I was a child,for instance,
I used to go to gospel performances
just of local singers
and sometimes we'd have all night gospel sings,
at various churches around where I lived,
and so I think that the origin of...Of jazz and maybe later
rock and roll came out of,uh, gospel music.
- Jimmy Carter was from Georgia
and he wasn't from Atlanta,by the way.
He was from this little town down there in South Georgia
so to appreciate gospel music
and to understand what Shirley Caesar was about
was real and...And you could tell it.
- Jimmy Carter would go to a black church
and they'd start singing.He'd start singing.
He wouldn't pick up the hymn book.
He knew all the words to the songs.
- Gonna lay down my sword and shield
down by the riverside
study you know war no more
I ain't gonna study war no more
study war no more
ain't gonna study no war no more
- Yeah, we were raised, uh,on mahalia Jackson.
Uh, but what you always heard
in mahalia's voice was healing.
I guess that's why they called rock and roll
"the devil's music" because gospel was god's music,
and that's where it all began, through it,
and the, uh...The black sheep of the family
was rock and roll, right? Uh...
- But in the south it was so connected because
I grew up singing in the church choir
which was...Which was fine.
It was, you know,traditional church,
you know, songs,
but I also grew up a huge Elvis Presley fan
and Elvis was so influenced by gospel.
- Gospel music is derived from deep within
the heart of human beings.
We have been to Waycross,Georgia,
where they have all-day singing.
It's about out at being 24 hours.
We've been down to Bonifay, Florida,