Gnarls Barkley: Crazy Meaning
Song Released: 2006
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions have an echo
in so much space
And when you're out there
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't...
anonymous Dec 29th, 2007 12:12pm report
I found myself wondering, "what the hell does this sound mean?". When you read the lyrics, a few times over, you'll notice that the lyric don't say much. It's very elusive. Coupled with the fact that the video has the Rorschach Inkblot Images going-in-and-out,(which is a psychological test using projection), shows that the video and the lyrics are nothing but what the listener interprets the song to mean. See if your present condition and your interpretation of the lyrics parallel.
anonymous May 29th, 2007 5:29pm report
I have heard so many things about this song and every one of them are kinda funny. I have heard everything from drugs, to love, to war, and they are all right, but all wrong. If you look at the music video it is a bunch of ink blots, but it you gotta think about what he is saying. The song is about everything, or ones own vision of it. At first I was 100% SURE it was about drugs, but then I realized it's about much more. It is a song about everything and nothing, maybe that's crazy...probably
anonymous Nov 20th, 2006 11:39pm report
After listening to Gnarls Barkley's song entitled "Crazy", I am convinced that he is speaking about his experiences with psychedelics. It might be just Marijuana but it is possible Gnarls is talking about any hallucinogen. I have had lots of experiences with psychedelic drugs including marijuana, home-grown mushrooms, wild-grown mushrooms, and mescaline. On one experience I had with home-grown mushrooms, I ate WAY too much (2.4 dry grams) and travelled along the edges of insanity. I can still remember the intense experience and Gnarls remembers his too stating in the first line:
"I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind"
Then he mentions some of the effects of the drug he experienced in the next lines saying:
"There was something so pleasant about that place (phase?)
Even your emotions had in echo
And so much space"
The pleasant factor was maybe the laughter or the sense of wonder, exicitness, or tranquillity that psychedelics can produce in the mind. Then the emotion-echo is proubly refering to his psychedelic experience that not only had sounds that were echoing (from auditory hallucinations), but emotions were felt twice or more as like a echos makes sounds be heard more than once. As for the "and so much space", that can be pretty much anything. One thing could be that he was outside looking up at the stars at night and thought "wow, look at all that space". I looked at the stars on mushrooms and all I thought was "Man, space is so big compared to Earth". It could also be when he closed his eyes, he had what is called Closed Eye Visual hallucinations. I have experienced these CEV's and believe me, I have seen many things that seem to go on forever into the distance of my eyelids.
Skipping down the lyrics, Gnarls speaks again about 'losing his mind':
"Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much"
Simply, he was 'out of touch' with reality. This is common with psychedelics, especially people who are unexperienced with these types of drugs. And it was because he "knew too much" about everything. Maybe he started to self-reflect and had a overload of information coming into his mind. Or maybe he had overload of senses and could not make sense of what he was experiencing. There can be a lot of possible meanings for the "I just knew too much" and I only mentioned a few.
In the next lines, he gives advice to anyone who wants to try psychedelics saying:
"And I hope your having the time of your life
But think twice
Thats my only advice"
He realises that drugs can be fun, but they can also do harm to ones mind and life. Thats why he warns the user to "think twice" before using any psychedelic as bad trips can happen and they can be very unconfortable experiences.
"Come on now, who do you...think you are?
Ha Ha Ha, bless your soul
You really think you're in control?"
I think these lines are refering to people he's talk to that think that they can handle any psychedelic at any dose. Gnarls is proubly laughing at them because he thinks these people are naive for underestimating hallucinogens. And the "you...think you're in control?" is proubly refering to people who are confident they will not have Bad Trip or people who are addicted to the substance (likely Marijuana) and think that they are "in control" of their habit.
The last lines I will decipher is these:
"Ever since I was little...oh it looked like fun
And its no concidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done"
When he was little, Gnarls proubly lived in an area where a lot of people smoked marijuana. He watched and learned that smoking marijuana lead to laughter and smiling, which equals fun. Then he tried it and "its no concidence.." that it really is fun. Which means the whole song is proubly about his first experiences with mairjuana. My first experience with marijuana was by far the most intense psychedelic experience to this date. However, it didn't feel like I was going 'crazy' but it was very intense and profound.
As for the "And I can die when I'm done", I have no idea what he's talking about. Maybe it means that after he's bored with Mary Jane, he is ready to die. Maybe he's talking about his Perfect Self (this is experienced by users who take a huge dose of halluciogens at once and reach a point where they feel that they are in the most perfect form of themselves. It feels as if every sober moment before that psychedelic moment was a fog that hid them from discovering their self. The psychedelic drug, to the user, has lifted that fog and expose the user to his/her true, perfect self.)
But who knows. Only Gnarls Barkley knows the real meaning. Or maybe, even he "knows too much".
If you want to see the visual interpretation of "Crazy" download the music video. Its a tripped-out journey of animated ink that may be refering to psychiatry, mentally-distrubed people and ink blot interpretations. And don't forget to look for the White Rabbit man.
anonymous Oct 10th, 10:08pm report
When I got knowledge of it I lost my mind.
Drugs, guns, crime, all of it. Its temping to a curious person but id think twice.
anonymous Oct 6th, 10:36pm report
Mental health, specifically the mania state of bipolar disorder.
anonymous Jun 2nd, 2013 6:50pm report
This has no meaning to drugs, love, or even war. This song is what ever you want it to mean to you. The music video is all about ink spots and blotches, that symbloizes that the song has different meanings to different people. Theres no personal ties to either artist from the songs lyrics
anonymous Mar 24th, 2013 3:06pm report
Both Cee Lo and Danger Mouse acknowledged that it had nothing to do with their own personal experiences. They were brainstorming ideas for a new song, and Danger said the it seems people only like artists who are insane, so they started thinking of ways for people to think they're crazy. They could very possibly want us to believe it's about drugs, but it has nothing to do with them.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2013 1:23am report
Here is the correct interpretation. This song is subliminal; yet, it is enticing and a warning at the same time. It is talking about illuminati and selling your soul. If you look at the inkblots, you will notice satanic images: skulls, baphomet, and other related images. In the beginning he remembers when he lost his mind for agreeing to sell his soul. Being illuminated gave him much knowledge and now he knew too much. He was having the time of his life; but, he realizes it wasn't worth it; so, he is telling you to think twice. In the beginning you will be led to believe you have control; but, it is a deception and that is why he says bless your soul. He was drawn to the idea because he idolized other people who had money and worldly things. He wanted to be like them; but, didn't realize the price he had to pay. So he joined on and he realizes it was a crazy thing to do just like they were crazy to do it too. Ultimately he knows he will die and pay the ultimate price. What you need to learn is ... do not yearn to have the money and fame of Michael Jackson, Brittney Spears, Whitney Houston, and others. They are suffering and trapped in a demonic music industry; yet, they can still be saved. The deception is that it is too late; but, the truth is that it is not. God does not honor satan initiated contracts. They can repent and God will save there soul. Satan will probably still destroy their body; but, they would win the war. Love your life, work hard and be happy with what you have, worship only God and do not sell your sell for fame, money, cars or material things.
jill.doewinski Jan 15th, 2013 1:08am report
Really, who cares what the song is really supposed to mean to the writer and singer. Your interpretation is all that matters, that's what music is all about. It's about relating to a song in your own way, and if someone wants to relate it to their drug addiction, or their war stories, or their mental break down, or their unfaithful relationship, or whatever it may be... so be it. The only wrong thought is thinking that you have the only right one.
But I enjoyed a lot of the comments. I now have a lot of different ways of looking at this song. Before I read them I assumed a bad experience in a war, but everyone’s interpretation was good and makes sense. They really make you think...
This song is profound! This songs message is very simple. It's not just about drugs, war, or religion. I feel this song is a symbolic representation of the gullibility we all go through in our youth.
Allow me to explain:
There is a time in all our lives when we know everything, and nobody can tell us that we are wrong because we feel we are in control of the situation. We look up to our idol Whoever or whatever it may be for personal advice not even thinking that we might be looking in the wrong place, because our impressionable young minds think that we can figure it out for ourselves.
And what in this world is more crazy than that?
anonymous Dec 11th, 2012 12:51pm report
wow...this song reminds me of my last LSD trip...especially the 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 "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?" parts. on acid, much like in life, we have this false allusion of control. but i realized i wasn't in control. the universe is. it was beautiful learning to give power over to the universe and to the forces of love. in the 60s people used to say LSD stood for Legalize Self Discovery. I agree. i think there's only so much of our mind we can use in everyday life but on lsd, it opens all your portals. it makes you see things for how they really are.
anonymous Oct 9th, 2012 10:01am report
its about the illuminati
anonymous Aug 4th, 2012 8:49pm report
I didn't read all comments but this is a great theme song for high functioning aspergers/autism. Want more explanation, ask me.
anonymous May 8th, 2012 5:10pm report
It's a man with multiple personality? Schizophrenia? having a conversation with himself.
anonymous Apr 6th, 2012 4:46pm report
after listening to 'crazy' - the song is about everyone's inner spirit- who wants to be free not in a 9-5 job. it talks of the feeling u have well you finally outrage: on top of the world but crazy.and then the other character looking as if the crazy one is crazy.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2012 3:56pm report
Could it be that he discovered religion that all of a sudden made him feel that g-d is in control and not people ?
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Feb 16th, 2012 2:09am report
The first time I heard it I assumed the hidden msg was about the guilt & other emotions of the sin of sex..however that was in 2006,i was much younger & that was probably the life dilemma in my life at the time I heard the song..hence automatically mentally applying my situation to the vague but strongly relative details of the song..as what I think is the true purpose the song was made with no distinct so that its meaning can be specific to the listener...crazy,& "lost my mind" being phrased in that way to magnify catastrophic guilt..we've all been there. Where u must have been crazy to do or allow something to happen in your life.whether drugs,sex,love,abuse.....my meaning changes with my experiences. Great song !!!!
anonymous Feb 8th, 2012 2:14am report
I went through a time with mental illness, and believed that everyone else in society was crazy, as I was happy in my state of mind, and 'when you're out there', you really do know too much, you see the world for what it is.....Gnarls Barkley summed up a 'mental episode' better than any one else before or since.
anonymous Feb 5th, 2012 2:32am report
well obviously ya'll didnt read the wikipedia(yes i kno it can be changed)article on cee-lo(except sumbody on here who read about da song)but in case u didnt know cee-lo's dad died wen he was 2 and his mom(a firefighter)was in a car crash,got paralyzed& died 2 yrs latr wen cee-lo was 18, so that wer i think the all my heroes died out on a limb part means,but the rest its just for fun and making people think that him and the other person in Gnarls-Barkley are just crazy...but if this song wer about drugs then it would be there way of saying don't do drugs,u will lose ur mind...but as far as i know cee-lo was never on drugs
anonymous Feb 1st, 2012 2:53pm report
The song is about the human mind and perception, and what is truly possible for consciousness without the human. He is describing "losing his mind", and goes on to say that even his emotions, arguably the most fundamentally integrated element of a human being, become separated from consciousness and "have an echo". He goes on to say that when out there, you're out of touch, but not because don't know enough, but you know too much, about the true nature of things, and the universe.
He is describing what it's like to see humans and everything humans do from the outside, and then, to see what lies beyond human comprehension. The song is called "Crazy", because when you're outside the human condition, looking inside the circle from the outside freedom, everyone else looks crazy, but crazy is defined as thinking something that disagrees with the general human consensus. So, technically, he is crazy, but only he knows that everyone else is crazy.
He goes on to say that he can die when he's done, because he knows that human perception and thought and life are a block for the truth, which is much larger than humans, and is true freedom.
anonymous Jan 16th, 2012 1:30am report
It's a spiritual song, about someone who has stepped out and seen things from another perspective. It doesn't matter how it happened.
But this is why he "knew too much"
And it's also why he wishes well others to have the time of their lives, but warns them to "think twice".
What are we doing with our lives? What do we become a part of when we are "American", "Christian", "Solder", "Successful", "Failure" or any of these words? What's underneath them? What do they create for the world? For everyone? Do they create unity? Do they create division?
What are YOU when, in your deepest heart, and in your life, you are NONE of these things?
Who do you think you are?
Go that direction, and you'll be outside. You'll appear crazy to the world, and the world will appear crazy to you.
He doesn't mention the names of his heroes because people would get the wrong idea if he did.
anonymous Jan 8th, 2012 1:57am report
This song is about how he fell in love with a girl ("I remember when I lost my mind"). "There was something so pleasant about that place". It was pleasant because she was there. Her emotions "had an echo in so much space", and he felt them, because he loved her.
And when she was out there doing drugs without care, he stayed away from her, because "I just knew too much." He knew she was into drugs. "Does that make me crazy" that I still loved you, knowing what I knew about you. "I hope you're having the time of your life", doing drugs and whatever, but without judging you, I advise you gently to think about what you're doing("think twice, it's my only advice"), because I want you to stop using drugs, because I love you and care about you still.
"Come on now, who do you think you are? Ha ha ha, bless your soul!" (I'm going to save you.)
"Do you really think you're in control?" No, you're out of control and you need help. You're crazy for doing drugs, and I'm crazy for thinking I'm going to save you. "I think you're crazy, just like me." We're both crazy.
"My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb. And all I remember is thinkin' I wanna be like them." I'm going to go out on a limb to save you.
"Ever since I was little it looked like fun." To be the hero who saved the damsel in distress.
"And it's no coincidence I've come." There's a reason I've come back into your life; my purpose is to save you.
"And I can die when I'm done." The most heroic are those who die for a good cause. My purpose in life now is to save you. When I've saved you, my life will be fulfilled and I can die in peace.
"But maybe I'm crazy." This plan to save you is out of the ordinary, like a dream, a fantasy. It's a daunting task. But I'm committed to it, because I love you.
"Maybe you're crazy." You will think I'm crazy for reaching out for you, but I think you love me too.
"Maybe we're crazy, Probably." We have a lot in common. I think we love each other.
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