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Wesley Willis

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"Here's what I'm going to have to say to all of you. If some of you have demons in your head who talk to you in profanity or whatever, don't let your demon shoot down your rock music, don't let your demon keep you off the joy bus. So like I say, Rock music pays off."
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Spoken at the end of the Wesley Willis Live EP.

 
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