THEY SAID IT! PART ONE

The words came tumbling out, and we were there to write 'em down. A look back at a decade of unforgettable quotes from country's top stars

"I don't drive around wearing my stage clothes. I just usually wear a ball cap, so I don't stick out or anything. I ain't nothin' special - just a regular guy who got lucky."
-- ALAN JACKSON

"So many people bare their midriffs, I don't know why mine is such an issue."
-- SHANIA TWAIN

"Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
-- Dixie Chick NATALIE MAINES

"You can't be around Faith and not fall in love with her. Things just kind of happened. When two people are meant to be together, there's nothing that's going to keep them apart."
-- TIM McGRAW on his superstar marriage

"I never will forget them hitting Tim with a billy stick. They were trying to pull me off of that horse, and Tim came up and said, 'This is Kenny Chesney. You are making a mistake.' Next thing I know, this cop pulls out a billy stick and hits Tim across the back and across the leg. I just could not believe that this was happening over me riding a horse."
-- KENNY CHESNEY on 2000's infamous "horse incident" in Buffalo, N.Y.

"The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself."
-- GARTH BROOKS, who launched an ill-fated film venture starring self-created alter-ego Chris Gaines in 1999

"You always wonder when it's all going to end. But shoot, I'm still having a great time and I'm still fired up about the country music business and about singing."
-- GEORGE STRAIT

"I didn't set out to change things or to record songs that have a message. It's just that when I heard those songs, I was really moved. I figure if a song moves me, then it can move someone else."
-- MARTINA McBRIDE

"If it's not one thing, it's your mother."
-- WYNONNA

"I needed to become something besides the star everybody had built me up to be."
-- LEANN RIMES on her escape from the spotlight in 2000

"You've got to be in my league as a songwriter before I'll even respond to you."
-- TOBY KEITH, responding to Natalie's criticism of "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue"

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