"Crazy=Genius" as written by and Jake Sinclair Brendon Urie....
You can set yourself on fire
You can set yourself on fire

She said at night in my dreams
You dance on a tightrope of weird
Oh but when I wake up you're so normal that you just disappear
You're so straight like commuters with briefcases towing the line
There's no residue of a torturer inside your of eyes

She said you're just like Mike
Love but you wanna be Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson
Said you're just like Mike
Love but you'll never be Brian Wilson

And I said (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius
Then I'm a fucking arsonist (hey)
I'm a rocket scientist (hey hey)
(Hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna burn, burn, burn (hey ay)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna learn, learn, learn hey!

She said darlin' you know
How the wine plays tricks on my tongue
But you don't seem to change when you stuff all of
your feelings with drugs
Other boys you may have dated serrated your heart with a slice
But the cut of your love never hurts baby, it's a sweet butter knife

She said you're just like Mike
Love but you wanna be Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson
Said you're just like Mike
Love but you'll never be Dennis Wilson

And I said (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius
Then I'm a fucking arsonist (hey)
I'm a rocket scientist (hey hey)
(Hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna burn, burn, burn (hey ay)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna learn, learn, learn hey!

You can set yourself on fire (hey)
You can set yourself on fire (hey)
You can set yourself on fire (hey)
You can set yourself on fire

And I said (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius
Then I'm a fucking arsonist (hey)
I'm a rocket scientist (hey hey)
(Hey ay, ay)
If crazy equals genius (hey)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna burn, burn, burn (hey ay)
You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
But you're never gonna learn, learn, learn hey!


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"Crazy=Genius" as written by Jake Sinclair Brendon Urie

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    General CommentI'm really disappointed to see no comments on this song yet! I came here to see if there is a deeper meaning but there's no insight in the comments. So I'll share what the lyrics mean to me...

    So when I see the first line "You can set yourself on fire " I think it's the author (im not sure if brendon urie is the main author or not) saying that his boyfriend/girlfriend was self destructive.

    "She said at night in my dreams
    You dance on a tightrope of weird
    Oh but when I wake up you're so normal that you just disappear
    You're so straight like commuters with briefcases towing the line
    There's no residue of a torturer inside your of eyes" is the first verse. Its basically saying that (s)he has wild fantasies/dreams about this girl but in real life, she's average. Maybe she has no interest in the author and convays it to them; but the author ignores it and krrps looking for what they want to see in this girl.


    "She said you're just like Mike
    Love but you wanna be Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson
    Said you're just like Mike
    Love but you'll never be Brian Wilson" are the next lyrics. This part makes me have the theory that the author is making advices to her but she keeps brushing them off. I can almost see the conversation with the author and the girl-- maybe the author says something creepy and her response was to just play it off like it wasn't a big deal by saying "he's such a teaser" but in different words (if that makes sense ;P).

    OK, so the next phase is the refrain which states "And I said (hey ay, ay)
    If crazy equals genius (hey ay, ay)
    If crazy equals genius
    Then I'm a fucking arsonist (hey)
    I'm a rocket scientist (hey hey)
    (Hey ay, ay)
    If crazy equals genius (hey)
    You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
    But you're never gonna burn, burn, burn (hey ay)
    You can set yourself on fire (hey ay)
    But you're never gonna learn, learn, learn hey!". This means to me that he knows that his advances aren't welcomed. He thinks he's crazy, but in his delusions, he knows he's a genius. Then the first line of the song repeats, giving it emphasis. Maybe the author thinks that SHES the crazy one because she's self distucting but when he tries to come to the rescue, she shoves him aside. Every time she does this, the author has to pick up her peices when she self destructed (but your never gonna learn part).

    The next phrase is "She said darlin' you know
    How the wine plays tricks on my tongue
    But you don't seem to change when you stuff all of
    your feelings with drugs
    Other boys you may have dated serrated your heart with a slice
    But the cut of your love never hurts baby, it's a sweet butter knife". This says to me that the author got her drunk and got her to make empty promises, but since the author is a drug addict, she feels as if her promises aren't worth keeping to the author. Her past lovers so easily won her over, but the author is having a hard time doing this. The author then States that any ounce of her love is worth him coming back.

    So then there's a bunch of repeated stuff that I already went over. Anyways! I hope this comment was insightful. Or maybe I'm wayyy off on the songs meaning but that's OK, because music is about our own interpretations. Have a great day and keep panicing at all the discos!!
    Watisevenhappenon April 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe chorus is very meaningful to the song title.
    "You're just like Mike Love
    but you wanna be Brian Wilson"
    Mike Love and Brian Wilson were both influential members of the Beach Boys. Mike Love was a renowned douche whose lyrics were repetitive and uninspired. He was the lead singer but every knew that he had nothing to do with the actual creation of the song. Brian, on the other hand, was a genius who created the beautiful harmonies. He orchestrated some of the Beach Boys' most popular and amazing songs. The crazy=genius comes in because Brian started suffering from mental illness very early on in his career. It caused him to leave the stage and stay at home to write music. A number of test methods and abused meds that happened to him left him more than a little brain damaged. Through all of this, he still created ground breaking music.
    SunflowerHon August 01, 2017   Link

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