Crazy

Album: St. Elsewhere (2006)
Charted: 1 2
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  • I remember when
    I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
    There was something so pleasant about that place
    Even your emotions have an echo in so much space

    And when you're out there, without care
    Yeah I was out of touch
    But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
    I just knew too much

    Does that make me crazy?
    Does that make me crazy?
    Does that make me crazy?
    Possibly

    And I hope that you are having the time of your life
    But think twice
    That's my only advice

    Come on now, who do you
    Who do you, who do you
    Who do you think you are?
    Ha ha ha, bless your soul
    You really think you're in control?
    Well

    I think you're crazy
    I think you're crazy
    I think you're crazy
    Just like me

    My heroes had the heart
    To lose their lives out on a limb
    And all I remember, is thinking
    I wanna be like them
    Mmhmm ever since I was little
    Ever since I was little it looked like fun
    And it's no coincidence I've come
    And I can die when I'm done

    But maybe I'm crazy
    Maybe you're crazy
    Maybe we're crazy
    Probably ooh hmmWriter/s: Brian Joseph Burton, Gian Pero Reverberi, Gianfranco Reverberi, Thomas Decarlo Callaway
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust Ave, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 19

  • Aus from Berlin/ukI'm a classical music follower but this song has come to strike me as brilliant. This song works on multiple levels, as true art does.

    1) Theres the literal meaning, which the writers autobiographical comments back up: anyone who thinks they are in control of their lives is a fool when so many unconscious influences govern our actions.

    2), Given "1", people who call others crazy are fools who don't realise they are the same basically, just some peoples unconscious programming makes them act odd while for most it makes them conform, but neither case is being in control. Hence the line, "I think you're crazy, just like you".

    3) As others have said, it reflects how everyone is "mind controlled" one way or another (see "1" and "2"" above). But I don't buy the "conspiracy theory" of some mysterious cabal in control, everyone is part of the same whirlpool of unconscious influence and therefore even people who try to be in control are really in the same boat. We exist in a world of influence in which nobody and nothing is ever really in control.

    The words are minimal, to the point, elegant. What's more, unlike shed-loads of pop music, it does not rely on copying a classical tune for a base.

    The video was a brilliant idea, as the song itself is like a Rorschach test. We can read ourselves into it and interpretations reflect our thoughts just like that ink blot test.

    Personally, I was originally exposed to the song pumped repeatedly round a department store whenever I was in there. The riff was catchy. I didn't pay attention to it. Years later, when I was in the midst of a difficult time in my relationship with Berlin I had arrived back from the UK one night, unsure I should even be there. There was a busker singing it at the Warshauer Strasse U. An excellent performer as they usually are at that prime location for it. It was dusk over the city. Everything was blue. Instantly the Fernsehturm blinking in the distance, everything clicked. I was home again. It felt like destiny, as the song says: "Its no coincidence I've arrived, and I can die when I'm done".

    "Does that make me crazy...possibly".

    Since then I've listened to it repeatedly and written this, my first ever comment on a song.
  • Chet from Honolulu, HiI had never heard this song on youtube. It closed out the first video of the fictitious blogger, lonelygirl15. You can see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-goXKtd6cPo
  • Luciano from Denver, CoSounds to me like the songs about government mind control, and how the populace has become stupid droning zombies, and he himself was once part of the droning mind controlled crowd until he broke free and got his mind back. I mean its nice being a mind controlled zombie, so nice that we all ask for it everyday!!!
  • Randy from Portage, Incee-lo's voice reminds me alot of Al Green's
  • Valerie from Eureka, CaI just LOVE the song maybe because I can relate to it in too many ways.
  • Marcus from Fresno, Cathe first time i saw the video for Crazy, i had just smoked from a vaporizer and i was tripping balls. this song is bad ass.
  • Brady from Niagara Falls, NyJust posted a comment on the first song I ever remember; "Linda" from 1947. From Sinatra to Lonnie Donegan to Elvis to Beatles, Hendricks,
    Joel, Madonna, U2 and now Gnarls...The beat goes on Thank You Song Facts for the joy you bring to my life.
  • Kristie from Hackettstown, NjThis song is very Zen. To be in a state that your "mind" does not control you--instead you control your mind is to be in a HIGHER state. Reading the lyrics from a Zen point of view, they aren't so crazy...
  • Roberta from Carleton, MiI agree with Dean of Sydney
  • Dean from Sydney,Great song. A glimmer of hope that tells me not to write off contemporary music all together.
  • Aimee from Ughville, MaIt's pretty much saying that the least sane people are the ones who think they're just fine.
  • Carol from Newport News, United StatesThe song can mean anything depending on their own experiences and state of mind. The lyrics are great!
  • Robert from Merced, CaI thought that this song was about about falling into street/drug culture as an adolescent. It just strikes me in that way.
  • Joe from Chicago, Arkool song.......the rest of the album isn't as good though in my opinion which is defintly a shame and a waist of 20 bucks on my part
  • Margaret from Buffalo Mills, PaI thought this was about soaring in a glider plane "out there, without a care, yeah I was out of touch." People think you're crazy for riding the air waves like an eagle in a plane with no engine, but I think you're crazy if you don't try it! I claim this song for the sail plane pilots of the world!
  • Bobodabanka from Paris, FranceThis song actually hit the top of the charts in France during last summer which was also when the french soccer team got in the world cup finals. I know it might sound 'crazy', but it is exactly what the french champion Zinedine Zidane could have said to the italian player Materazzi just after he hit him. Read the lyrics again, be my guest, and get inside a 'crazy' man's brain!
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI always thought this was about a war veteran going crazy after what he saw.
  • Wik from Brooklyn, NyYes! Danger Mouse is getting to 'stack cheese', while EMI is getttting what they deserve for blocking the release of the 'Grey Album' a few years back.
  • Ryan from Austin, TxGreat song. Can't wait to see them @ ACL in Austin this year.
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