"The Closest Thing To Crazy" as written by and Mike Batt....
How can I think I'm standing strong?
Yet feel the air beneath my feet.
How can happiness feel so wrong?
How can misery feel so sweet?

How can you let me watch you sleep?
Then break my dreams the way you do.
How can I have got in so deep?
Why did I fall in love with you?

[Chorus]
This is the closest thing to crazy
I have ever been.
Feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen.
This is the nearest thing to crazy
I have ever known.
But I was never crazy on my own.
And now I know
That there's a link between the two,
Being close to craziness, and being close to you

How can you let me fall apart?
Then break my fall with lovin lies.
It's so easy to break a heart,
It's so easy to close your eyes.

How can you treat me like a child?
Yet like a child I yearn for you.
How can anyone feel so wild?
How ca anyone feel so blue?

[Chorus]
This is the closest thing to crazy
I have ever been.
Feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen.
This is the nearest thing to crazy
I have ever known.
I was never crazy on my own.
And now I know
That there's a link between the two,
Being close to craziness, and being close to you

And being close to you
And being close to you


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"The Closest Thing to Crazy" as written by Mike Batt

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    General Commenti heard this song when i was in germany.. i and my friends love it and sing it on and on and on.. it became one of the soundtrack of my life.. since i was 22 at that time and fell in love with someone (gladly, the feeling stays until today)

    she was right! by the time i was acting 17! so childish and naive! :)

    in indonesia, it wasn't over-played.. it's very seldom actually! i stopped doing anything i did at everytime they play it on radio!! haha..
    fbasson November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom my first hearing of 'closest thing to crazy' i found it a truly deep and soothing song depicting the bitterness that love can bring. Katie melua has a rich and sweet voce that really suits the song.
    i think the meaning of this song is how she is yearning for her love and yet although he has left her she still gets a sense of pleasure thinking about him and that is why it is crazy for her to act this way as he does not seem to return her love, therefore she is not acting mature about it....she feels 22 but acts 17 meaning that as a 22 year old she should try to get over him but is acting like a 17 year old. This is shown in one of my favourite lines when she says 'How can you treat me like a child. Yet, like a child, I yearn for you?'
    Im not sure if I will like another one of her songs as much as i like this one.
    hunnaon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the song that first made me notice Katie. This song was always going to go mainstream and the album shot to no. 1 because of it. Perhaps overplayed if you're a Katie fan, but still a wonderful song.
    wiggleon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song, an hit that reflects well on the lass. Has an atmosphere in the voice that is quite unique.
    AllezDaeon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song
    Hummingbirdon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHer voice is unbelievable. It has something else about it, kinda like Dido, but alot better
    QueenFanon November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song's about sofas.
    JackofHeartson October 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, this song was sort of overplayed by most radio stations. However it was an over-played song I liked and I think shows that at least SOME of the time we can play true artists with TALENT. Katie is great and we should encourage more like this.
    smgellar_da_bombon March 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never heard this on the radio... The first time I heard it was on a TV-show, and I've had it on my brain for a couple of years now... So when I found it I was so glad! It is really SO great and Katie has a wonderful voice. I think it's abot unlucky love, someone she loved that hurted her
    Zeppelineron March 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis was my favourite song of 2004. it really gets me. it wasnt really overplayed on the radio here in australia.
    insomnia2on April 16, 2006   Link

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