July 12.2015 Story Behind “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice

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“Love Like Crazy” is the lead single and title track from Lee Brice’s debut studio album. It was Brice’s first chart entry as a solo artist though he had already achieved success as a songwriter co-writing several hits such as Garth Brook’s “More Than a Memory,” and Tim McGraw’s “Still.”

Brice told Country Weekly that this Tim James and Doug Johnson written tune reminded him of his own family: “When I first heard ‘Love Like Crazy,’ it made me think of my grandparents,” said Brice. “My grandparents lived this song and I knew immediately that I had to record it.”

Doug Johnson, who signed Lee Brice to Curb Records and produces him, told The Boot, about how he and co-writer Tim James were inspired to write this song.

“When Tim and I walked into that room that day, I don’t think either one of us had a clue what we wanted to write. I normally don’t. I basically just show up thinking, ‘God, you know my heart. And I’m going to try to keep my brain out of it!’

This song really started with that little guitar intro. A lot of songs I write start with first lines from there …’Three Wooden Crosses’ was like that for me and ‘Sarah Beth’ that Rascal Flatts had was like that. And ‘Love Like Crazy’ started from there, too.

Melodically, this song would not exist had I not already been working with Lee Brice. Looking back, it sounded exactly like Lee wrote it. And I didn’t even realize it. I’m a huge fan of Lee’s – not only as an artist, but as a great songwriter. I called him after we wrote it and told him, ‘I’ve got a song and man, you’ve got to look at it.’ And thankfully, he loved it.

The atmosphere in this song was where I came from … where you hang in there through good and bad, and you believe that great things are gonna happen. Like one of my favorite lines in another song I had, something my grandmother used to say – ‘Trust in God, but lock your doors.’ So it’s like the chorus of this song – do all these things, but don’t forget to pray!

We were lucky. Sometimes we’re just storytellers. And I love story songs. And that was one of those days – Tim and I were lucky enough to get to start down a road and let the song carry us. And sometimes it carries you in a corner, and you get stuck! [laughs] Luckily, this song carried us through.

‘Love like crazy’ is actually a phrase I say all the time: ‘Hey, be safe. But love like crazy!’ I tell that to my children and friends all the time. That’s something we strive to do everyday. In this crazy world, the only hope that we’ve got is to love crazier… to love crazier than this world is crazy!”

The song topped Billboard’s 2010 Hot Country Songs chart, making it the most-heard country song of the year. Having only peaked at #3, it was the first song in the chart’s history to achieve this distinction without reaching #1

Lyrics written by Doug Johnson and Tim James
They called them crazy when they started out
Said, “Seventeen’s too young to know what loves about”
They’ve been together fifty-eight years now
That’s crazy

He brought home sixty-seven bucks a week
Bought a little 2 bedroom house on Maple Street
Where she blessed him with six more mouths to feed
Now that’s crazy

Just ask him how he did it
He’ll say, “Pull up a seat
It’ll only take a minute
To tell you everything”

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse “I love you”
Go to work, do your best
Don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when he quit his job
Said them home computers, boy, they’ll never take off
Well, he sold his one man shop to Microsoft
And they paid like crazy

Just ask him how he made it
He’ll tell you faith and sweat
And the heart of a faithful woman
Who never let him forget

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse “I love you”
Go to work, do your best
Don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

Always treat your woman like a lady
Never get to old to call her baby
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

They called him crazy when they started out
They’ve been together fifty-eight years now
Ain’t that crazy?

* Sources: Songfacts, Wikipedia.com, Country Weekly, Billboard

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