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Gnarls Barkley Crazy Lyrics

Last updated: 07/31/2014 07:20:19 AM

I remember when
I remember I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions had 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 [radio version]
probably [album version]

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

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

Ooh ooh mmm

Thanks to Rebecca for submitting Crazy Lyrics.

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Challenging Normal | Reviewer: Andrew | 7/31/14

To simply put this song can have many different meanings. It is hard to know what Callaway was thinking when he wrote this song. My best guess is it basically states everyone is crazy in this world by some definition.

You have the ones who don't care, you have the followers, the conquerors, the leaders, the fighters, etc... Each person has their own category.

This song challenges the definition of normal, what is normal, the absence of craziness? If that is so, that is something that will never be achieved. Since no-one is normal, thus everyone is crazy in their own way.

Crazy | Reviewer: Didjchanter | 12/8/13

I read the story about how the song came into being, and never would have guessed it's origin. Gnarls sings with such wonderful tone and rhythm and the music is so energizing that this alone makes the song great. But, then, the lyrics make it epic, destined to be appreciated for generations.

To me, it challenges any definition of sanity, of being in control of our very beings, and the liberation which results from the realization that ultimately we are not in control - learning how to let go. In fact, thinking we are in control is perhaps the definition of crazy, itself. Just my take. A really beautiful song.

about childhood... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/11

it's about childhood - that free naive time when you just went with what you felt, even though someone else was really in control.... had heroes and believed in your dreams.... then grew up and "knew too much" about the sacrifices and challenges that being a "hero" meant... remembering a more pleasant and unencumbered freedom within...

Crazy takes me back | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/11

I was hospitalized in a mental health ward in l996 -and this song takes me back to my emotions during that time. I'm aware some people think it describes being on crack. I don't but, I do very much care for a fellow patient who did crack.
"And I can die when I'm done," I don't think pertains to suicide. I think it's more an expression when you've reached the pinnacle of your success (love, work, whatever major ambition) that you are satisfied and if you die, you've left nothing undone.

Danger Mouse does it again! | Reviewer: Sean | 2/4/11

I love this song. Not just because one of my favorite DJ's provides the beat (DJ Danger Mouse), but because the lyrics help me recognize my own behavior and morales. I mean, it feels like I can do anything when listening to this song, I just get so motivated. I think the lesson or theme is to just be yourself: don't let other people's reactions and thoughts get to you.

Every day we break Faux Pas, some of it is just more accepted by others.

Crazy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/3/11

I used to think that it was about becoming shell shocked and disillusioned as a result of being in combat after having thought when young that it was somehow cool and heroic to be a soldier. My interpretation was probably influenced by the fact that I first saw Cee Lo (Thomas Callaway)in military dress when singing it. I thought the descriptions of being crazy were a reference to the symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome and that the advice to think twice was a warning not to be naive as he had been. And I thought the part about dying out on a limb was a tribute to the courage of veterans. But hey, maybe I'm crazy. . .

Maybe | Reviewer: Juan Manne | 10/5/10

This song is about me ...I shouldn't relate to this song so well ..maybe it should play as i walk in a room ..I've never had a theme song until now ..uh who's crazy again ???? Ha Ha Ha bless your soul ..

Crazy - many meanings | Reviewer: Janie | 8/30/10

I think this song has so many meanings..maybe different to everyone who hears it.

It can be about a young first love (lost). How he was at one time "crazy in Love"....and has now come to his senses (maybe since she left) (you know.."what was I thinking?!"... "you'll be sorry some day...")
It can be social/ "think" you are in control..we really have NO control...we are pawns...
I can be anti-war/anti many kids play "war" and "man-hunt", and whatever it is called now, when young? They wanted to be, "just like their heros...who have thee heart to to lose their lives out on a limb..." as an adult...again.."what was I thinking?"

Love this song!

Haunting no. | Reviewer: Gautam | 1/20/10

Since the day one I was haunted by this no. & I could relate it to different situations in life especially when you are a non- confirmist & the music is very original ,touches you somewhere deep inside...

very good. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/22/09

I think this is about people subscribing to the American Machine lifestyle without thinking or even realizing that they are becoming part of the masses. And when he sings, "And I hope that you're having the time of your life, but think twice. That's my only advice." He is saying that if you going along with the media and conforming to society is easy and you will probably be happy with your mindless existence, but it isn't necessarily the best way to go through life. The line "You really think you're in control?" is talking about how hard it is to go against the grain in a country so controlled by normality and conformity. He says that the american culture of Hannah Montana's and McDonald's are really trying to pull you into their traps of conservative american living. He even goes as far as to say that when he was little his heroes conformed to society, "lose their lives (their individuality) on a limb," and that he wanted to be like that because of this Machine.

And, at the beginning of the song he sings, "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," which is talking about when he realized that he didn't want to fit in. WHen he says he lost his mind, he means that that was what it probably looked like to the outsiders who were still going through their day to day lives without thinking. They probably thought he was CRAZY for standing out. Then again, to him, everyone else looked crazy for being so robotic about their life and never second guessing the system. So, as the last line says, "Maybe we're crazy!" everyone is crazy, whether because you "didn't know enough," meaning you never realized how our society and people is so boring when grouped together, or whether you, "just knew too much," meaning that you are looking for away to escape the Machine.

Then again, the song means what the listener wants it to mean so this could and quite possibly by 100 % untrue. You decide

Crazy Bitch. | Reviewer: josh | 11/18/09

Kate-Chan. Your crazy. Im not even going to listen to your opinion after you said a simple but standout mistake near the start of your review: "But this song speaks to a very specific audience, those like Gnarls Barkley himself." Gnarls Barkley is not a 'himself'. Its a musical group. 2 people. A band. Not a himself, a 'themselves'.

subject to interpretation? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/31/09

art doesn't mean the same thing to everybody, is free flowing and is open to the individual's interpretation. Personally, when I first hear this song I thought it was about drugs and/or alcohol. But when I read the lyrics (with your viewpoint in mind) it also made sense.

My intake in life | Reviewer: Joker | 8/21/08

Yeah, this sums up in a nutshell what I'd tell people on the way act. Ive been called weird and strange because I'm not the same as everybody else. The only reason I'm different is because I'm not a product of my environment and mold myself in my own way, not what i was "suppose" to y'know? It like saying: "U think I'm crazy for being myself? look at you, you act like everyone you see just so ppl will accept you, coward." mostly summed up in the song here: "
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"

Amazinngg <3 | Reviewer: Kate-Chan | 5/17/08

Honestly, with all the comments speaking of the song being "random" and therefore making no sense,
I can understand you. But this song speaks to a very specific audience, those like Gnarls Barkley himself.
Those that actually think C:

Eccentricity -in America-, is often quite scorned upon. We as Americans, despite our freedom of religion, are very Puritan and narrow-minded. We dislike those that are naturally disparate from society moral. And therefore deemed often as having overall many emotional or mental issues. Problems. Things that make us insane, 'crazy'. Is it not sad that people are pitted against people in this situation?
Gnarls Barkely really felt the stress, honestly. He was quite different, and endured a number of suffering strifes because of this.

I love the song to death; the beats and the meaning complete me so ~<3

wow | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/12/07

hey!! that s a Crazy song!! I like the repeatative words!!