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?
Probably

And now that you are having the time of your life
Well 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 are at the heart
To the life I wanna live
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 as no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

Maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
Probably

Oooooooo [repeats til end]



Lyrics submitted by sercute4e, edited by Vivial, jazzsinger

"Crazy" as written by Thomas Callaway, Brian Joseph Burton, Gianfranco Reverberi, Gian Piero Reverberi

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +11
    General Comment:I think it's a little simpler than what I've read so far.
    Just look at the words......we're all crazy, we're NOT in control.
    beefderkyon May 16, 2006   Link
  • +6
    My Interpretation:This song to me is not for a moment about drugs like some people have suggested.

    I think this song is saying that it often takes being in a dark emotional place to really begin to understand who you are as a person/who we are as people. It's a critique of the majority who go through life seemingly happy and "in control" but who don't really question or analyse themselves or what is going on around them and instead conform to what they perceive to be normal while assuming that people who are deeper are "crazy". In the last verse it it is suggested that the people to be admired are the ones who aren't afraid to step away from the norm and the choruses that pose the question; "does my deeper understanding/view of myself and what's going on make me crazy or is it actually just everyone else?!"
    MIS55BHLon March 28, 2013   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:My slant on this is that it's about awareness, about when knowing something so well can be a bad thing, can disconnect you from those who still like it. He admired his hero, but when he finally got to where they were, it wasn't like he'd dreamed it would be.
    kiranerys2000on April 19, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:Like everyone else is saying.... I'm not saying this is an ultimately correct interpretation of a song because.... well that phrase is oxymoronic anyways, an interpretation is completely subjective.

    It's a phase that he's talking about, a post-adolescent phase in which one would think obssesively, contemplating and deducivly reasoning about the world, this reality, to find an answer or reason. Not many people can relate.


    People like this are underestimated. They are thought of as that typical stereotype who thinks they understand everything about the world without having experienced any of it.
    But for those who can produce any material meaning or
    reason for an event through deduction have an ability to understand without experiencing, an abiliyt most don't have and most can't understand.
    "But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
    I just knew too much"

    These people distance themselves from others around them because of societies lack of an ability to understand this phase, for the most part at least.
    You therefore distance yourself from the world and from society, giving this feeling
    "Yeah I was out of touch"

    WIth this obssession in thought and deducive reasoning comes your abscense of mind, where, to the world, you seem out of it, you seem crazy, but for you, it's all in your head. You're thinking consistently and with an obssessive passion in order to understand what few ever could.
    You begin to develop a loss of care for the world.
    It's all typical, it's all been done before and it's all typical, all the same. You lose interest and care, and iwth this loss of interest comes the loss of attention to your world. You therefore distance yourself from the world and from society, giving this feeling
    "Yeah I was out of touch"
    "And when you’re out there, without care"

    It's driven by curiousity.


    But, really, once you've thought enough, you must think about all the others that have gone about that same train of thought. Who are you to think yo'ure some genius to understand the universe? You begin to learn about the other people that are alike to you, that there are intellectuals out there that can relate to you at least partly. You're not quite that smart, to really understand everything. It's not that easy.
    "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? "

    The "place" is your own serene bliss of thought, where you have the freedom to think and express you're intellect, you're curiosity and individualizing, characterizing mind. It's the only place you can be free.


    To sum this song up in two words:


    mental maturity.


    To most it's that phase of youth where curiosity drives a naiive mind to wonder about a world around him that is initially so obtuse.
    Some take it too far.

    Perhaps it's not naiive.
    People need the ability to quesiton and defy social customs to find a truth or break a mold.
    mycoptergoesroffleon July 02, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:i can't beleive nobody has wrote comment yet this song is mad
    goosy1281on March 15, 2006   Link
  • +4
    My Opinion:This song is about;

    1)having "it".
    2)Losing "it".
    3)Coming to terms with the fact that there is no "it".

    Most people never make it past the middle/late stage #1

    Many, (me included) are stuck in late stage #2 and aware of #3 and either cannot or do not have the courage wrap their brain fully around stage #3 and implament it in any kind of functional lifestyle.

    People that can make it to stage 3 and still preform, i.e stay upright and keep taking nourishment are far and few between and the experience (in my belief) will either make or break them complete.


    elwoood13on December 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think this song is about idolizing someone who perhaps lives somewhat recklessly. Then when you finally get to be like them you should think twice about it. Also, because you are idolizing someone you aren't in control - just following along.

    My heroes are at the heart
    To the life I wanna live
    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 as no coincidence I’ve come
    And I can die when I’m done

    So many people look at celebrities and other personalities and idolize them without ever developing their own ideas/personality. Why is America obsessed with celebrity and people we don't know. It's all kinda weird if you think about it.

    Maybe I’m crazy
    Maybe you’re crazy
    Maybe we’re crazy
    Probably
    karabear2on April 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:My heroes are at the heart
    To the life I wanna live

    ...This lyric is wrong. The proper lyric is

    "My heroes had the heart
    To lose their lives out on a limb".

    According to Gnarls Barkley themselves (Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green), this song, just like many others on St. Elsewhere, has a loose thread of mental instability in the meaning. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but it's definitely a better meaning than your average "I love you" pop song.
    SymbolicMython May 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:well obviously... it's silly to me that so many of you will look at a song so black and white. songs, especially good ones, and i think this is one of them, reflect life to a certain degree, and life has many ambiguities and double meanings. so while it could be that he is speaking about urban youth and hardships, hip hop culture or artistic aspirations, there's nothing concrete in his lyrics, and he did that for a reason. so to those who think "this obviously means ..." think again.
    thebestofqon September 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I agree the song is about living as a deliberate creative act. You feel crazy because you don't fit in with organized society. You feel like the problem is a lack within you, but you actually know too much, your crazy imagination is what will guide and help you.

    I love the line about heroes living their lives out on a limb. I think he means the courageoius ones who had the strength to speak and live their truth.

    I think when he says, "And now that you are having the time of your life/Well think twice/That’s my only advice" I think he is saying that we are living in the moment thinking everything rocks, but there is a deeper level of communication, creativity, commitment necessary to achieve meaning and purpose in life.

    This song came into my life at an all time low and truly inspired me to give in to my crazy-ness and just be myself and listen to my own intuition.
    katiecoolladyon March 25, 2008   Link

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