Song Lyric Sunday – Crazy

Our last prompt of 2019 for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams, is “Crazy“. There are a lot of crazy songs out there but I have chosen a favorite of mine called Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.

I have selected two videos of this song. One is the official music video and the other a version of the song performed at Live from Darryl’s House. Darryl being Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates. His shows are very cool and you can see them on the AXS channel. In this particular video Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley was his guest artist. I think you’ll like it.

This song is about losing your mind and diving into insanity, which the Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley finds is not all bad. Speaking at a BMI conference, he explained the inspiration for the song: “It was ’04, I was going through a divorce, I did not have a deal – things were bleak at the time and I was going through a personal trial. But it was an opportunity to be expressive. Danger Mouse’s production compelled me into a deep retrospection, and I really appreciate him for that because with him, I knew that my misery had some company, because his music was so miserably brilliant and beautiful to me. It was the sound of my soul. If you could have taken a picture of it, it would have resembled this internal chaos.”

Going along with the theme of the song, the music video is done in the style of the Rorschach test, a method of psychological testing whereby patients identify shapes and images they see in inkblots. It was directed by Robert Hales, who used an ink theme in the video for Jet’s Are you going to be my Girl. In the clip, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse appear throughout morphing inkblots, designed by art director Bryan Louie.

Gnarls Barkley is producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway). Danger Mouse produced The Gorillaz album Demon Days; Cee-Lo was in Goodie Mob. The name “Gnarls Barkley” is a play on “Charles Barkley,” who is a Hall Of Fame basketball player and an outspoken commentator. The moniker came up in a conversation between Danger Mouse and some of his friends when they were throwing out weird ideas for band names.

In a 2006 interview with The New York Times, Danger Mouse said: “I brought in a song that I felt was a complete Ennio Morricone ripoff, (Morricone is a composer of spaghetti-western scores) but Cee-Lo and I started talking, and I somehow got off on this tangent about how people won’t take an artist seriously unless they’re insane. And we were saying that if we really wanted this album to work, the best move would be to just kill ourselves. That’s how audiences think; it’s retarded. So we started jokingly discussing ways in which we could make people think we were crazy. We talked about this for hours, and then I went home. But while I was away, Cee-Lo took that conversation and made it into ‘Crazy,’ which we recorded in one take. That’s the whole story. The lyrics are his interpretation of that conversation.”

This song was leaked on the Internet and became a very popular download when it was released in England, sending it to #1 on the UK charts.


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?

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?

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 hmm

Writer/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,
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

  23 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Crazy

  1. January 2, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Love this song but I also think of Crazy by Patsy Cline when I think of Crazy in terms of songs.

    • Christine Bolton
      January 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Yes, I avoided Patsy Cline’s Cray this week as I felt everyone would pick it! πŸ™‚

  2. December 30, 2019 at 4:17 am

    What a great choice. I had forgotten about this one.Never heard the Ce-Lo version. My pleasure.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Violet. I think we all thought they were two different versions. Cee-Lo was actually the lead singer in the band Gnarls Barkley! πŸ™‚β€οΈ

      • December 30, 2019 at 7:39 am

        Oh! Duh! I guess I just never knew who he was! First lesson learned today.

      • Christine Bolton
        December 30, 2019 at 7:41 am

        Yes me too. I thought Gnarls Barkley was a person, not a band. That’s what makes Song Lyric Sunday so much fun. We all learn something as we tap into the back stories of the songs we choose and share. πŸ™‚β€οΈ

      • December 30, 2019 at 7:48 am

        I certainly enjoyed my cruise through the entries. I know i didn’t choose the most trodden approach to the prompt, but it played a huge part in the emotion behind my story telling, so I entered it anyway.

      • Christine Bolton
        December 30, 2019 at 7:53 am

        I enjoyed it very much! We all use multiple prompts. It’s part of the challenge to keep our brains creative ☺️ I’m happy you joined us on SLS! Happy New Year πŸŽˆπŸŽ†πŸŽŠ

  3. December 29, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Great share, Christine! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Thanks so much Felicia πŸ™‚πŸ’•β€οΈ Happy New Year 🎈

  4. December 29, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I always liked that song but never saw that video. It’s so cool! πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Bee! Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚πŸ’•

      • December 30, 2019 at 8:21 am

        Thanks and Happy New Year to you and yours! πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ

  5. December 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Yaaaassssss! Thanks for sharing Daryl’s House version. New to me video. How cool is that!!!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Jilly πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚πŸ’•

  6. aisasami
    December 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I have heard this song many times as it was super popular when it came out. But didn’t know the artist (I knew of Cee-lo) or the meaning behind the song. Thanks for the information. Happy New Year! ζ˜Žγ‘γΎγ—γ¦γŠγ‚γ§γ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™γ€‚

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Thank you so much. It is a great song isn’t it? Happy New Year to you too πŸ™‚πŸ’•

  7. December 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Cee-Lo Green’s voice literally made my whole body tingle. This song is really good and I love Darryl’s House venue. I’ve heard about the podcasts but didn’t know it was on cable TV as well. He created a goldmine with his idea. Excellent choice, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 30, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Lisa. I should watch Darryl’s house more often too. It’s a great show and great to watch artists jam together

  8. December 29, 2019 at 10:36 am

    This song sounds so familiar to me, I am sure that I heard it before. I like the beat and the lyrics and especially the “I think you’re crazy” chorus. I appreciate the personnel touch that you added about this song helping you get over your divorce Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Actually Jim that wasn’t my divorce it was Cee-Lo Green’s! He was explaining his inspiration for writing the song πŸ™‚

  9. December 29, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I was thinking about going to go with this but couldn’t remember the artist! Great song Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 29, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Di πŸ™‚πŸ’•

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