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Shawn Colvin — Crazy
Album: Cities 97
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Total ratings: 724









Released: 2008
Length: 3:15
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I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space

And when you're out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly

And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that's my only advice

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

Well, I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

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
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

Maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
Probably

Uh, uh
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Nice ?? It's better than the original !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and just with a guitar ! Wouah  Bravo {#Bananajam}
Nice, but not electrifying like the original.
I saw an amazing rendition a few years ago at the Vancouver Island Music Festival.  It was the final song of a "workshop" session at the Red Barn (a working barn that, with the addition of a few hundred chairs, annually turns into a concert venue  for the VIMF).  Roy Forbes, an iconic BC boomer, did a spine tingling version accompanied by 2 or 3 young bands.  In the middle of the song, one of the young band members yelled at the crowd "This is amazing, get off you asses!"  The crowd agreed and instantly jumped to it's feet.   
First time I have heard RP play Shawn, aren't there 57 better songs she has recorded? This is a filler track for her.
 kurbowicz wrote:
totally agree.
 
Yes. Absolutely no need for such a mediocre cover from such a wonderful artist.
Beautiful.
 stargazer1 wrote:
I like Shawn Colvin, but this one should have been left in the can.

 
totally agree.
This is what I call a SUPERSET!!! - Keep it com'n
Like this "crazy" song and set... who can resist a little crazy!
 sronis wrote: 
That was refreshingly better (Ninet & Red Band - Crazy -English- Israel). There's definitely some CRAZY in those eyes.
Stick with the original, please
How come I never heard this before? Awesome, just awesome...I think I just developed a crush on this woman...I think I need to get out more...
Acoustic, stripped down versions allow the lyrics and the meaning to rise to the fore.
Imagine if she's written it, and Barkley and taken it and teched it up.
I like Shawn Colvin, but this one should have been left in the can.
Wow!  I love these "unorthodox" covers of well known songs Bill plays so much, and this is just CRAZY! amazing.

I need to hear Mad World again now. 
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Gnarlz all the way, but this isn't bad

 
Absolutely agree. 7.
Cover Girl!


Gnarlz all the way, but this isn't bad
She sort of makes it sound like a serious song.
This remake makes me Crazy. I didn't like the original because it made me crazy.  It's crazy having to listen to this.  The world is just Crazy!
I like it, I think..... I know I like Shawn Colvin, that fine, strong fingerstyle lends itself to this song very well.

My gripe is that she sings the song with the same inflections as CeeLo, all except for the title word Crazy should be pronounced "Crazay" or even "Crazaeh", not "krazeee" like Paty Cline.   I know its just artistic interpretation, but I think it is a key but subtle part of the song which has been changed and not for the better.
a seven.
Oh look, next song, its Patsy!
I think that this is really carried by the fact it is a very very good song. Given all the options for expression, more interesting choices could have made for a cover.
This is better :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJrjXDtpFc
 
I like the fact that there's no consensus on this cover. Some love it, some really don't.
I'm in the neither-nor category of those who think the effort is sincere and not to be disguarded. I didn't know Ms. Colwin but think that her talent is pretty obvious.

That said, this cover doesn't work for me either. The Gnarlz Barkley version sends shivers through my spine; Colvin's version doesn't make me feel something new with the same music and lyrics. Not the way some covers of some great songs have.

(Damn... I hoped that, as I was typing, an example of a cover I loved would come to my mind, which it didn't...)

Anyway, I like to *know* this cover exists and thank Bill for playing it, *even* if it doesn't blow my mind.
A worthy and humble try (which would be my apreciation of this cover) is better than a lame and self-satisfied disaster (oh, I won't even start.... not worth naming those.)
One woman, one guitar, and one voice.  Can't beat simplicity — 8
I was all ready to not like this version. Glad I listened with an open mind first. I like it!
Can't complain.  Great songs deserves attempts at good covers.
We recently saw her and Mary Chapin Carpenter. They were performing favourites and many covers of others too. It was excellent. 


HoneyBearKelly wrote:
I thought I had requested that this never be played again?
 

Fortunately anyone of import is ignoring you!
I like the leaness of this version and the guitar.
 Cynaera wrote:
I was about to slam this song, but then I realized that this is the stripped-down, stark, real version of it, without the "hahaha - bless my soul!" histrionics that, for me, distracted me from the actual lyrics. I like the Gnarls Barkley version for its danceability and sense of fun. And now, I like the Shawn Colvin rendition for the eerie, skeletal viewpoint.

Good song, whoever's version I hear.
 
I loved how Ann always seemed to have the last word. Me, I like the Violent Femmes' version.
{#Crashcomp}...............
 dpvest wrote:
Nice interpretation by Shawn.  I like Gnarle's song (even if it was overplayed somewhat) but it really holds up to the starkness that shawn gives it.  8
 
Agreed.  I don't listen to commercial radio so I don't think I have been infected by overplay.
 UltraNurd wrote:
Heh, what are the chances I'd tune in randomly on a weekend and come in to the middle of one of my few uploads?
 
So you're the culprit.
nononononononono. NO.
Just because it got covered don't mean you have to play it. File under "Covers that did not work".
I don't care who performs this song, it's awful.
{#Confused} 
Heh, what are the chances I'd tune in randomly on a weekend and come in to the middle of one of my few uploads?
Nice interpretation by Shawn.  I like Gnarle's song (even if it was overplayed somewhat) but it really holds up to the starkness that shawn gives it.  8
Unique approach to a song i'm sure she knew she would get a lot of flak for.
8.
first I was thinking, hey, good cover! then I thought no, just a good song with a very just okay cover. solid four
{#Frustrated}
YES j7 wrote:
Has Shawn Colvin made any song worth rating over a 4 or 5?

 
small font..... 

After much thought and analysis... NO!
 Cynaera wrote:
I was about to slam this song, but then I realized that this is the stripped-down, stark, real version of it, without the "hahaha - bless my soul!" histrionics that, for me, distracted me from the actual lyrics. I like the Gnarls Barkley version for its danceability and sense of fun. And now, I like the Shawn Colvin rendition for the eerie, skeletal viewpoint.

Good song, whoever's version I hear.
 

I appreciate these observations.  I too really disliked that "hahaha - bless my soul" in the original because it seemed like nonsense filler, but it is an otherwise great song.
 Cynaera wrote:
I was about to slam this song, but then I realized that this is the stripped-down, stark, real version of it, without the "hahaha - bless my soul!" histrionics that, for me, distracted me from the actual lyrics. I like the Gnarls Barkley version for its danceability and sense of fun. And now, I like the Shawn Colvin rendition for the eerie, skeletal viewpoint.

Good song, whoever's version I hear.
 
I agree totally, really like this version.
The year I went to Lolapalooza, I saw this same song sung by Gnarls Barkley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Raconteurs.

I was about to slam this song, but then I realized that this is the stripped-down, stark, real version of it, without the "hahaha - bless my soul!" histrionics that, for me, distracted me from the actual lyrics. I like the Gnarls Barkley version for its danceability and sense of fun. And now, I like the Shawn Colvin rendition for the eerie, skeletal viewpoint.

Good song, whoever's version I hear.
You know, this is a really solid tune.
every version I've heard of it sounds good, even if I'm not a fan of the particular artists style.
It just sounds good.
 MilSF1 wrote:

Not sure if you were being sarcastic, but Gnarles Barkley is the name of the band - not the artist(s). The vocalist for that band is Cee Lo Green.
 

No sarcasm meant - I honestly thought the singer's name was Gnarles Berkely. Thanks for putting me right. I still prefer this cover to the original, perhaps because the original's been way overplayed on radio, perhaps because she's got a really nice voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury.

 MJdub wrote:
She didn't HAVE to do it with the original Ebonics...
 
I do not think you know the words to this song.  Maybe you are hearing Ebonics because a black man sang it first.  And that's what you want to hear. 


I thought I had requested that this never be played again?
Great interpretation

Kudos to her... 
laughable!

Is this the Nerd playing on her guitar on the highschool-dance?
look, knowing absolutely about this Shawn person, I really like this cover, it's sung with feeling and just shows how a great the song actually is, that it can be sung like this as well. Still prefer the gnarles one though.
I seem to like every version of this song   lol   {#Jump}
She didn't HAVE to do it with the original Ebonics...
 MilSF1 wrote:

Not sure if you were being sarcastic, but Gnarles Barkley is the name of the band - not the artist(s). The vocalist for that band is Cee Lo Green.
 
Yeah, that's what Jethro Tull said.  {#Tongue-out}
Here's one cover I like. The understated tone and the minimalist accompaniment are quite refreshing.
 fredriley wrote:

She's got a better (or at least, far less irritating) voice than yer man Barkley, and the single guitar is pleasantly minimalist. Curious first name that, Gnarles - makes me think of gnarly old trees...
 
Not sure if you were being sarcastic, but Gnarles Barkley is the name of the band - not the artist(s). The vocalist for that band is Cee Lo Green.
Wow - it's such a well-written song that it sounds good in nearly anyone's hands.
 treatment_bound wrote:
This cover is TURR-A-BULL!



 
  and agreed. ugh. I don't rate many songs as sucko-barfo but this is definitely sucko-barfo.

This cover is TURR-A-BULL!





The Gnarles version is catchy and makes you tap your feet even if he's not a stellar vocalist and the song is quite simple.

It didn't need to be covered. This is not an improvement...this is boring. 
 j7 wrote:
Has Shawn Colvin made any song worth rating over a 4 or 5?

 

As with so many artists, listen to her early (pre grammy) stuff!!  Fantastic
I love Shawn Colvin but this cover drives me "CRAZY"
 planet_lizard wrote:

I thought it was a Sheep's name

 
{#Lol} Lizards rock. Yes, self serving...deal with it.

{#Wave}
 helgigermany wrote:
This song sounds better with more Instruments, for me the version from Gnarles Barkley is the Best!!
 
She's got a better (or at least, far less irritating) voice than yer man Barkley, and the single guitar is pleasantly minimalist. Curious first name that, Gnarles - makes me think of gnarly old trees...

I like this version in the morning, the Gnarles Barkley version in the evening :P
This song sounds better with more Instruments, for me the version from Gnarles Barkley is the Best!!
Has Shawn Colvin made any song worth rating over a 4 or 5?

 tputkey wrote:
The Gnarles version didn't totally move me. I like Shawn, but I don't like this version of Crazy. Lame!
 
Agreed. Almost exactly what I was going to say! Although I would have left out the "lame".
I can understand the lyrics on this version.
Another quirky cover.

The Gnarles version didn't totally move me. I like Shawn, but I don't like this version of Crazy. Lame!
not so bad good vibes isn't it
 horstman wrote:
Porcupine Tree
 
The very thought of that made me laugh really hard.

It's a good cover. But I'm soo very burned out on this song.
 dynamaniak wrote:
Isn't Shawn a boy's name?  Is this a guy?  Not that it really matters....
 
I thought it was a Sheep's name

I prefer the gnarles Barkley version
 crispynz1 wrote:
I hated this song, until I heard this version. {#Clap}
 

I hated it too... and I hate it still. {#Puke}
 crispynz1 wrote:
I hated this song, until I heard this version. {#Clap}
 

Agreed.
{#Sunny}
Isn't Shawn a boy's name?  Is this a guy?  Not that it really matters....
Gnarles.
WHY? {#Arghhh}
Ok
no
Has almost been coverd as much as "Hallelujah" by Cohen {#Angel}
I hated this song, until I heard this version. {#Clap}
I rather enjoyed that   {#Cheers}
 horstman wrote:


Porcupine Tree
 

and Pink Martini. 
 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 

Porcupine Tree
 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 
Donny & Marie?


 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 
The Led Zepplin version rocks, though.

I like the original version for some strange reason (Gnarls Barkley is usually not my cup o' tea), but I really like this one, too. This version is darned near a different song. IMHO.

 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 

Tom Petty
The original is one of the best tracks of the past ten years. Fact. This version doesn't add much to - say - Ray LaMontagne's version, but it's great to see a strong track rise above it's deceptively simple dance origins. By the way - the song reflects a personal experience. Make a difference?


 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?

 

Maybe Bill should do a set of "Crazy" covers. I think there are now three on here...this one, Violent Femmes, and Ray LaMontagne. Then, maybe cap it off with the original (or start with that one...either way).

 


 

In what seems like another lifetime, I had a disc that had every conceivable cover of La Bamba on it.  Everything from Los Lobos to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I half-way expect that for Crazy... any day now...


sting? hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 


 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 
The Beatles.

 hippiechick wrote:
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 

Funny, I was just thinking about posting the same thing!
Is there any artist that HASN"T done this song?
 HarrO wrote:
Love it. 9 Why do people get so upset about artists covering other artists work? Example: If Patsy Cline never covered Willie's "Crazy", the world would be short on of the best performances ever recorded. Let's face it folks some musicians are better songwriters than performers, and vise verse, so please, listen to covers with an open mind.
 
Like my self, almost all musicians learned to play by playing others music. I look at it like this, I play covers and then I change it a bit which covers that cover. I revisit it again and I cover it again. Each musician has there own style, sound, tempo and timing. Please enjoy what ever it may be.

The sign of a good song is when you see it being covered and covered well.  The guitar work suits this version well.  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 HarrO wrote:
Love it. 9 Why do people get so upset about artists covering other artists work? Example: If Patsy Cline never covered Willie's "Crazy", the world would be short on of the best performances ever recorded. Let's face it folks some musicians are better songwriters than performers, and vise verse, so please, listen to covers with an open mind.
 
Well, I get upset about people covering this specific song because the original annoys the piss out of me and I was hoping it would just go away instead of getting covered - but I don't necessarily feel that way about other covers.
If any of the others are like me, it's a bit silly to put all these people on one pile and say they have a closed mind when it comes to covers, or to try to tell them how to appreciate music...

Interesting take.  Thanks for playing it!
 Marley wrote:
Why does everyone keep covering this song?? The original wasn't even very good. It's not that great of a song.
 
Because the original wasn't very good? Covers often improve greatly on the original, and this falls into that category IMO. 7 from the Nottingham jury.


7 {#Arrow} 8

Love it. 9 Why do people get so upset about artists covering other artists work? Example: If Patsy Cline never covered Willie's "Crazy", the world would be short on of the best performances ever recorded. Let's face it folks some musicians are better songwriters than performers, and vise verse, so please, listen to covers with an open mind.
 Marley wrote:
Why does everyone keep covering this song??
 
I think it speaks to the universality of the song's sentiment. Pretty insightful lyrics, really.


 Marley wrote:
Why does everyone keep covering this song?? The original wasn't even very good. It's not that great of a song. I just don't get it. Sigh...I like Shawn Colvin and all, but I can do without this. {#No}
 
distinctions of the original (lifted from Wikipedia):

- first single to top the UK charts on download sales alone
- first song in over a decade to remain at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks
- UK's best selling single of 2006
- 2007 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance
- album was nominated as Record of the Year
- 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song
- best song of 2006 by Rolling Stone and by the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll
you think it's an average or poor song, and you're entitled to your opinion. but now I'm sharing my opinion, which is that you are absolutely mistaken. ;-)
I'm getting really tired of the Crazy covers and the frequency of play they're getting on here. And when I get tired, I get crrraaanky. {#Yell}Please let all versions of this song have a rest! {#Sleep}

I like it. . .


 renegade_X wrote:
Anyone else wanna do a cover on this?? Heck even Bill should consider!!
 
Maaaaayyyyy beeeee I'm ccccccrrrrrraaaaazzzzzyyyyy, maaaayyyyyy. Na, don't work!
"Somewhere down the crazy river" before this... Ooh, are we getting that series of "crazy" songs again?
Anyone else wanna do a cover on this?? Heck even Bill should consider!!
Second time I've heard this version - it's nice, I'm warming to it. Nice voice, guitar.
 flyboy wrote:
Hmmm....  Undecided on this one.
 

I've decided....7 for now.  Mostly because I like the guitar picking.
Great Song
Great Cover...
 dreadpixie wrote:
the original is awesome.  This version not so much.
 

Sorry, gotta go the other way.  This might get a 5-6, but the original gets a 1 from me.  At least I can understand the lyrics on this version, and the guitar pickin is pretty cool.
Huh. Is Cover Girl 2 underway?