People Are Crazy

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"People Are Crazy"
The cover has the artist wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans combination, crouching and having his right arm hold next to a black art deco fence. The song title is set above the image, colored in neon blue, with the artist's name below it in white.
Single by Billy Currington
from the album Little Bit of Everything
Released March 2, 2009
Format
Recorded 2008
Genre Country
Length 3:52
Label Mercury Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Billy Currington singles chronology
"Don't"
(2008)
"People Are Crazy"
(2009)
"That's How Country Boys Roll"
(2009)

"Don't"
(2008)
"People Are Crazy"
(2009)
"That's How Country Boys Roll"
(2009)
Music video
"People Are Crazy" at CMT.com

"People Are Crazy" is a song written by Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones and recorded by American country music singer Billy Currington. It was released in March 2009 as the second single from Currington’s 2008 album Little Bit of Everything. The song became Currington's third number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. On December 2, 2009, the song was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.[1] The song was also nominated for "Song of the Year" at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Content[edit]

"People Are Crazy" centralizes on the male narrator and an old man whom he meets in a bar. In the first verse, the two of them converse, which leads to the old man saying, "God is great, beer is good / And people are crazy." They continue to converse throughout the second verse as well before parting ways. In the third verse, some time has passed, and the narrator reads the old man's obituary in the paper. He discovers that the now dead old man was a millionaire and "left his fortune to / Some guy he barely knew" (i.e., the narrator).[2] After this discovery, the narrator also declares that "people are crazy." The song has a 4/4 time signature and a moderate tempo, and is set in the key of F major, using a main chord pattern of F–C–Dm–B. Currington's vocals range from B3 to D5.[3]

According to the blog maintained by the television network CMT, Currington said of the song, "It’s one of those that lifts your spirits and make you laugh. I knew the first time I heard it, I wanted to lay it down and record it for the album."[4]

Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones wrote the song after Jones gave Braddock the idea for the line "God is great, beer is good / And people are crazy." Jones was in Alabama and decided to take a drive through the country. He was trying to think of three things you can't argue with and came up with the three things. When the two were writing the song, Braddock then suggested the twist ending.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot by the Brads, a directing duo consisting of Potsy Ponciroli and Blake McClure.

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of the album, Billboard critic Mikael Wood said that the song was a "briskly strummed country-rock number" that "handily reduces [Currington]'s worldview to a memorable one-liner", and added that the rest of the album "doesn't do much to complicate that philosophy".[6] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a positive review, saying that "It goes a long way into proving just what is great about country music: the stories and simple, effective melodies."[7] Juli Thanki of Engine 145 gave the song a thumbs-down rating, saying that it was "feel-good like a Reader's Digest story" and did not have a country music sound other than "an occasionally audible steel guitar lick."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 27
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 48

End of year charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 93[11]
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List", Grammy.com, December 2, 2009
  2. ^ a b Thanki, Juli (2009-03-06). "Billy Currington - "People Are Crazy"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  3. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0076183&
  4. ^ Shelburne, Craig (2008-10-14). "Billy Currington will convince you that "People Are Crazy"". CMT. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  5. ^ Horner, Marianne (2009-08-31). "Story Behind the Song: Two Guys Having Fun Equals a Hit". Country Weekly. 16 (29): 23.
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (2008-10-18). "Little Bit of Everything review". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  7. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/blog/billy-curringtonpeple-are-crazy
  8. ^ "Billy Currington Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Billy Currington Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Billy Currington Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  12. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.

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