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  1. Sometimes your kids give you that shove out the door to do things that you need. Teenagers are good that way; they keep you in the loop.
  2. The writing became a hobby in the background: it took a back seat to parenthood and being a person and being a human being.
  3. I worked myself into a frenzy. By 1996, I had a nervous breakdown just from working. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, just getting anxiety attacks and all of that stuff because I was doing too much, too young, all the time.
  4. Each gig is brilliant and fun. When it becomes a routine, we’ll take a break. There’s no point in doing it if you don’t enjoy it.
  5. For an artist or an entertainer, it’s the ultimate when you can go to the forest when you’re done your work and escape.
  6. My mom always had a softer spot for boys, as a lot of Irish women do. If you were a girl, you’d have to sing or wear a pretty dress. But boys could just sit there and be brilliant for sitting there and being boys. It makes you that little bit more forward. Pushy. I was singing, always.
  7. My husband Don’s mother, Denise, was diagnosed with cancer, and she was given eight months to live. We decided to go and stay there and help live her days with her, ’cause you don’t get those chances again, right?
  8. You get older and come to the conclusion that it’s a great gig making music. Even if you turn into an old gnarly fart, no one cares what you look like if you write good songs — the only gig is to sing well and perform.
  9. I was a full-time mom for seven years. You go back on tour, you’re back in hotels, you’re ordering room service, and you’re getting an itinerary slipped under your door every,day. You’re kind of thinking, ‘Did I go home for seven years, or was that just a dream?’
  10. I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life.
  11. We all wonder about death, where people go and what happens. But certainly, they cross over from this dimension to another one.
  12. For a while there, our writing got really edgy… I’ve always written about experiences, so when your life gets a bit crazy, you start to write songs that are a bit edgy.
  13. There’s always a party in my bus.
  14. In 1997, we took time off, and that’s when Oasis broke and Princess Diana died and I was home with my baby hating the music industry. People asked what I thought about the Spice Girls, and honestly, I was so happy to tell them I couldn’t be bothered to care.
  15. I guess the way to keep a grip on reality is just to take breaks in between albums like most normal bands do. Go home and be a person and hang out with your friends. Do separate things and get back to earth and write songs and go out there again.
  16. We all got older, and we’d tell our children things like, ‘Mommy used to be in a famous rock band,’ but they didn’t believe us. Part of the reason for our reunion was to show our children what we did to make the lives they have possible.
  17. I was at that point where my children needed more than going around the planet in the back of a bus. They needed stability, they needed to build their own lives and relationships, and I needed to put my life on hold. I made my choice — I chose my children.
  18. A lot of these songs just came from day-to-day experiences. And it was a very natural, kind of organic process.
  19. For me, you can’t be a big fat pig up there, slovenly and singing croaky and whatnot. You have to work.
  20. I went very close to the edge, but it’s nice to have been strong enough to get through it. I’m lucky I had family, a good husband, and my mom. People like that help balance you. When you’re feeling down and bad, it’s the people that love you who kind of sort your head out for you.

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