Gnarls Barkley Lyrics

“You are the best. You are the worst. You are average. Your
love is a part of you. You try to give it away because you
cannot bear its radiance, but you cannot separate it from
yourself. To understand your fellow humans, you must
understand why you give them your love. You must realize
that hate is but a crime-ridden subdivision of love. You
must reclaim what you never lost. You must take leave of
your sanity, and yet be fully responsible for your
actions.” -Gnarls Barkley, in a letter to the legendary
rock critic Lester Bangs

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Crazy | Reviewer: Didjchanter
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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!

Gnarls <3 | Reviewer: Katie
    ------ About the song Who's Gonna Save My Soul performed by Gnarls Barkley

When I first heard this song, it sounded as though it was about a woman breaking the heart of her boyfriend and he cannot imagine life without her.
Now, it sounds more like a song about not being able to accept the death of the person you love most.
The lyrics show grief and a loss of one's self. They write that they'd lived vicariously through someone so it's as though with this person gone, it's like a part of them has died too and whose going to save their soul if it's not complete?

Haunting no. | Reviewer: Gautam
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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
    ------ About the song Crazy performed by Gnarls Barkley

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

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