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Gnarls Barkley: Crazy Meaning

Song Released: 2006

Crazy Lyrics

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...


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    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.


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    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


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    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.



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    Oct 17th, 2014 10:30pm report

    People are saying this is an apology for cee lo raping someone. But this song is really from your point of view.


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    Sep 14th, 2014 9:05pm report

    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
    Without care,
    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 ;-)


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    Oct 10th, 2013 10:08pm report

    The underworld.

    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.


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    Oct 6th, 2013 10:36pm report

    Mental health, specifically the mania state of bipolar disorder.


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    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


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    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.


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    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.


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    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...


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    Jan 2nd, 2013 1:13am report

    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?


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    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.


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    Oct 9th, 2012 10:01am report

    its about the illuminati


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    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.


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    May 8th, 2012 5:10pm report

    It's a man with multiple personality? Schizophrenia? having a conversation with himself.


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    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.


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    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 ?

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