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Billy Currington explained to AOL why he recorded this Country-Rock number, which was written by Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones. Said Currington: “Just the title alone, when I was pitched this song, I was sure at that point that I was going to record it, I didn’t care how it sounded. I just loved the title. I couldn’t wait to put it in my truck and listen to it. I remember when I popped it in, and from the first verse to the first chorus, it just put a big smile on my face. I was like, ‘You know, I’ve been waiting on a song like this for a long time.’ I was just thankful that they sent it my way. I just got addicted to the song. I found myself wanting to listen to this song over and over. Carson Chamberlain – the producer I was working with – had heard it too, and we were both in agreement that this had to go on the album so that’s kinda how this song got chosen. It’s just a words-of-wisdom kind of song. It’s got a laid-back melody that just puts you in that happy zone.”
This was Currington’s third #1 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. His previous chart-toppers were “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” in December 2005-January 2006 and “Good Directions” in May and June 2007.
Currington finishes off this song with a whistle solo.
The first time Currington heard this song, he wanted to record it. However when he inquired he was told to get into line as a number of A-list artists including George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson were also interested. He explained to the Associated Press: “My friend said, ‘That song has already been recorded and 10 people are waiting in line who want to record it, so don’t even worry about it.” A month later, Currington enquired about the song one last time. His persistence paid off as this time he was given the green light to record it.
On December 2, 2009, “People Are Crazy” was Grammy-nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. The song has also received a “Song of the Year” nomination on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
This was the #1 song of the year on the 2009 Canadian Country Singles chart.
This old man and me, were at the bar and we
Were having us some beers and swaping ‘I don’t cares’
Talking politics, blond and red-head chicks
Old dogs and new tricks and habits we ain’t kicked
We talked about God’s grace and all the hell we raised
Then I heard the ol’ man say;
“God is great, beer is good and people are crazy”
He said “I fought two wars,
Been married and divorced”
What brings you to Ohio?
He said “Damned if I know”
We talked an hour or two about every girl we knew
What all we put ’em through
Like two old boys will do
We pondered life and death
He light a cigarette
He said “These damn things will kill me yet;
But God is great, beer is good and people are crazy”
Last call its two a.m., I said goodbye to him
I never talked to him again
Then one sunny day, I saw the old man’s face
Front page obituary, he was a millionaire
He left his fortune to some guy he barely knew, his kids were mad as hell
But me, I’m doing well
And I drop by today, to just say thanks and pray,
And I left a six-pack right there on his grave and I said;
‘God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy”
God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.
God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.Share on Facebook