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...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Dec 29th 2007 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.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:
If you ever looked better Mr. Gnarls Barkley you will see how he is clear from any drugs, alcohol or any other addiction... so, read next text carefully from perspective of higher mind ;-)
I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
(The day when Barkley found/meet his soul he experience total spiritual enlightenment... My conclusion he reach this state when he played his music, because it is creative state of mind and you easy get into pure meditation)
There was something so pleasant about that place.
(He experience also blissfully state)
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space
And when you’re out there
Yeah, I was out of touch
(Since blissfully state is emptiness of mind without end... emotions was everywhere... and you are alone with yourself only, without time or tangible space)
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much
(And problem comes because in that moment person gets absolute truth about everything and that becomes heavy burden which makes you... guess what:)?)
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly [radio version]
probably [album version]
And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that’s my only advice
(Thanks to enlightenment he got wisdom where he understands how every second of life is precious and he hoped you also use it's every moment... but also he advises you to choose paths only when you check background behind the scene of your chosen path... other words... do not rush forward like goose)
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
(Now this one is for people who live lives from their small mind called brain or EGO... those people think how they are safe behind their walls and masks, but life is much much grater than wake up, go to job, get money, eat, sleep and have sex like animal if you get lucky... life took you on tooth and all your plans gone to hell... and still you think YOU are in control... sorry, but you are only little boat in a huge ocean who can only by wisdom set sails in right direction to the right port, but nothing more... so Barkley smiles pitiful on people who react EGO instead wisdom, but he also bless them in hope they will awake soon enough from their false secured dream and start react real life truth)
Well, I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
Just like me
(He sad "Just like me" how you would not be offended just because he smiled on you just a moment ago)
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
(Mr. Barkley heroes are people who are brave to live life tall, out of dream and face responsibilities which life imposes... he wants to be like them)
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
(When you are young everything sims so possible and that is fun, but later you face reality and only few hold high spirit of life... as we can see Mr. Barkley holds pretty well with that or at least it lokks like)
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done
(And he knows how he come on Earth with reason, not by accident and he will leave this Planet when he work off all his life tasks and gets experience his soul come for)
(Of course you can think how this interpretation is load of crap, but that is why Mr. Barkley sings next lines)
Maybe I’m crazy
Maybe you’re crazy
Maybe we’re crazy
Cheers people ;-)
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 29th 2007 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 Aug 27th 2019 report
The interpretation is simple. It’s not about drugs or war or anything literal. The song is about him knowing his true existence . He knows that his beliefs about our reality will be judged by others who will brand him crazy.
He is enlightened and knows that each and every one of us is God and unless you realise this you are crazy.
When saying he has lost his mind he is referring to his EGO. When the ego is lost the material world will disappear and you will be who you are in empty space, a space of live emotions
He is enlightened and knows that his SOUL purpose will be done.
Who do you think you are
Bless your soul
Do you think your in control.
Learn who and what you are
Until you do you will never be in control of your life. Society will control you.
This song is clearly not about drugs or war or anything literal. Those like me who also know who and what we are will relate to this song greatly and will help massively in raising your energy vibrations.
anonymous Dec 9th 2017 report
This is a very old song and it is timeless as well. Remembering is very key. This could be someone that is not crazy, but went through it. Recapitulation. There are so many layers to this song. Its psychology has a lot to do with the risks that are taken on reactive thinking " think twice , that's my only advice". This COULD be the instant reaction that happens in the anxiety brain stem - fight or flight area of the brain. Thinking twice could mean that crazy people are isolated and do not experience the second think that is related to the Mammalian brain. Unfortunately because the song is addressing personal adaptations this could be taken out of context and also applied more specifically to one's real life problem. There are lots and lots of layers. " Who do you think that you are? " Being is brought up here on such a profound level that its almost impossible to discuss , "you really think your in control" . Its not necessarily about Illuminati, but it is very much related to the adaptations a person makes when moving to the "lost mind" phase of life. I would be able to discuss many layers of this video as well. Like in the beginning there are 3 inkdrops. This could mean the Thinking , Will and Feeling functions are interrelated and also effected by each other. In thanatology we are faced in the end of life with a sort of flashing back over our lives of what happened. This is very similar to the detachment that is happening through the lyrics. The observer is taking a removed, but having been there stance. In group to out groups. My favorite part is that "heros had lived their lives out on a limb" "I wanna be like them" . This is the real key to why this song is great. It exposes that crazy men are taught by crazy men! Not all men are crazy, but this kind of adaptive behavior where the "soul" is damaged is taught by generation, after generation of Crazies! I dont think that there is a better song to represent every human , especially males 'Existential' dilemma !Its not about Jesus! but the addressing of "Who do you, who do you, who do you think that you are" is saying look deeper ! Possibly to the stages of development that are talked about by Ken Wilber. As a crazy thinker, you can probably tell I LOVE THIS SONG!! Enjoy ripping it apart :)
anonymous Nov 16th 2017 report
I think it's about an illuminate victim. One expected to be crazy but was held together by divine love. However moved to compassion and the release of envy, he blesses his captor and traumatizer. So yes this is about the illuminate.
anonymous Sep 22nd 2017 report
I know this song is about mania/bi-polar disorder...
I have been through three episodes of this mental disorder and made a full recovery from being "crazy"
And during these episodes it feels as if your subconscious is constantly open and you can't control it. You are aware of literally EVERYTHING!!!
"I just knew too much"
I believe my symptoms were a side effect of using/coming off drugs.
"Ever since I was little, it looked like fun"
You can feel people's emotions without having to speak to them as if "emotions have an echo"
And during these episodes to the people from the outside looking in, I am clearly crazier than shit lol... However in these weeks of episodes I have no control of the heightened awareness and Flood of dreamlike (hallucinogenic) like thought process that is so intense, that I am able to sleep minutes here and there if I'm lucky throughout the entire episode until I've made a recovery or my chemistry is completely wiped out of endorphins...
Hope this made sense coming from a "crazy" himself.
anonymous Oct 17th 2014 report
People are saying this is an apology for cee lo raping someone. But this song is really from your point of view.
anonymous Oct 10th 2013 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 2013 report
Mental health, specifically the mania state of bipolar disorder.
anonymous Jun 2nd 2013 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 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 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.
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 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 report
its about the illuminati
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