"Crazy Love, Vol. II" as written by and Paul Simon....
Fat Charlie the Archangel
Sloped into the room
He said I have no opinion about this
And I have no opinion about that

Sad as a lonely little wrinkled balloon
He said well I don't claim to be happy about this, boys
And I don't seem to be happy about that

I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love
I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love

I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love
I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of this crazy love

She says she knows about jokes
This time the joke is on me
Well, I have no opinion about that
And I have no opinion about me

Somebody could walk into this room
And say your life is on fire
It's all over the evening news
All about the fire in your life
On the evening news

I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love
I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love

Fat Charlie the Archangel
Files for divorce
He says well this will eat up a year of my life
And then there's all that weight to be lost
She says the joke is on me
I say the joke is on her
I said I have no opinion about that
Well, we'll just have to wait and confer

I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love
I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love

I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of your love
I don't want no part of this crazy love
I don't want no part of this crazy love


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"Crazy Love, Vol. II" as written by Paul Simon

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    General Comment"Somebody could walk into this room
    And say your life is on fire
    It's all over the evening news
    All about the fire in your life
    On the evening news"
    --lyricism that subtle and powerful deserves something larger...this song is incredible. absolutely stellar.
    Dead$yon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShopa, this song is obviously dealing with the end of love. Crazy Love Vol. 1 would be some song dealing with how great a new love is. Vol 2 is dealing with the aftereffects.

    Also, I doubt he'd want it to get confused with the Van Morrison song.
    SteelyManon November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really identify with this song!

    I think it's probably related to PS going through a divorce. The protagonist is at a point in a break-up where he just wants things to be over with and to be out of the relationship. He and his wife are saying petty insults to each other ("She says the joke is on me/I say the joke is on her") and he's numb and just wants to get things over:
    Well, I have no opinion about that
    And I have no opinion about me

    Even though the protagonist isn't a young, good-looking person anymore (he's "fat" now), the divorce will take up time (this will eat up a year of my life), and people will gossip about him ("All about the fire in your life/On the evening news"), that's better than his crazy relationship.
    logeson October 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's about his divorce from Carrie Fisher. I have read that Simon called it Vol. II to differentiate it from the Van Morrison song, but I do wonder if the fact that he'd already been married (and divorced) once before had something to do with it — he's already experienced "Vol. I".

    A large theme of the song is the press reaction, especially the second verse ("It's all over the evening news"). I've come across a few caustic remarks Carrie Fisher made about their divorce in the press at the time ("She says she knows about jokes, this time the joke is on me"), whereas Paul Simon has a history of shunning the press and keeping his personal life very personal — I can't recall ever reading anything Paul Simon ever said in the press about the divorce ("Well, I have no opinion about that" — essentially, "no comment"). It's the same in the first verse with Fat Charlie the Archangel ("He said Well I don't claim to be happy about this, boys, and I don't seem to be happy about that") — the use of the words "claim" and "seem" are just so journalistic, it really comes across as a play on the way the press reports things that they don't have a reliable source on.

    I've also read that Paul Simon claimed Fat Charlie the Archangel doesn't represent anyone, and but I think it's safe to deduce that Fat Charlie is pretty symbolic of Simon at that time.

    This comment is based on what I've read on Paul Simon's biographies, which go into the backgrounds of some of his songs, with some of the details filled in by my own interpretation from what I know about Simon's life.
    Peroon February 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not too sure what this song is about, but it's really ironic in some ways... for example, he's an archangel and he's getting a divorce, so how are the rest of us gonna cope?! Did PS ever get divorced? Could be interesting to find out, that would put alot of his songs into context...

    Another obvious example of irony is the couplet "He says well this will eat up a year of my life/And then there's all that weight to be lost" - enough said :P

    I love the line "Sad as a lonely little wrinkled balloon", it just makes you want to give 'Fat Charlie' a huge hug! It kinda annoys me in a way aswell because the song is so deep, as mentioned by Dead$y, and it's a funny line that takes the seriousness out of the song without really trying... awww, why are some people such good song writers?! Reckon he'd help me with my GCSE composition? Heeheehee...
    mercury_girl86on October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul wrote this album while he was getting over his divorce from Carrie Fisher, so I'm sure that might have had some influence on this song.
    STon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere is crazy love vol. 1? lol why have vol2 with no 1?
    shopaon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhere is crazy love vol. 1? lol why have vol2 with no 1?
    shopaon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentShopa, this song is obviously dealing with the end of love. Crazy Love Vol. 1 would be some song dealing with how great a new love is. Vol 2 is dealing with the aftereffects.

    Also, I doubt he'd want it to get confused with the Van Morrison song.
    SteelyManon November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, Paul Simon once said that Fat Charlie the Arcangel is just a random character that sort of happened, and for some reason despite me wanting every song to have hidden meaning, the openess of this song makes it better for me

    I don't think this song is supposed to be serious, its a frivolous look at a serious issue that far too many people deal with.

    "Well, we'll just have to wait and confer"

    I love this line, I think it speaks to how love is so bueracratized today, we have to have a license to get married, we have to file for divorce, the lawyers and procedings take forever "and then there's all the weight to be lost" because we are just going to go out and find someone else and do it again because thats what society demands.
    rosewind26on October 22, 2009   Link

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