Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy”

Juli Thanki | March 6th, 2009

Billy Currington - People Are Crazy Songwriters: Bobby Braddock and Wayne Jones.

In country music, there’s a stock character you’ve heard in countless songs. He goes by his Native American name, Old Man in Bar. In the past few years he’s saved a man’s marriage (“I Hate Everything”), made another one realize what’s important in life (“The Good Stuff”), and now pops up in Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” to again offer up his infinite wisdom–only this time he’s a secret millionaire.

One of the songwriters for “People Are Crazy” is none other than Bobby Braddock, who has co-written amazing, masterful songs such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Golden Ring.” He’s also responsible for Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me,” but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Like Braddock’s best work, “People Are Crazy” is a peek into the life of the everyman. Unlike those songs, there’s nothing about “People Are Crazy” to make it worthy of even being mentioned in the same paragraph as “Golden Ring.” The revelation that Old Man in Bar left all his money to “some guy he barely knew” is feel-good like a Reader’s Digest story, but like a Reader’s Digest story, this song is forgettable the minute you’re called back into the dentist’s chair.

There’s nothing that even signifies “People Are Crazy” as a country song other than said stock characters and the obligatory references to beer and God. There’s an occasionally audible steel guitar lick, but the overall sound is that of soft rock. This is a shame, as Billy Currington has a pleasant and smooth baritone that is being sadly misused. Only six years ago he was releasing solid pop country like “Ain’t What It Used to Be” and “Walk A Little Straighter,” which makes “People Are Crazy” look even worse in comparison.

On the plus side, at least he’s not recording “Party for Two, Part II.”

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  1. Leeann Ward
    March 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I absolutely agree, except “Party for Two” is a guilty pleasure.

    This song has no redeeming qualities. There’s no one to connect to here. As I’ve already said a bunch of times regarding this song, it reminds me of Sawyer Brown’s “Wanting and Having It All” without the moral pay off.

    I like Currington’s voice, but this whole album is completely forgettable, as I pointed out in my scathing review of it last year. Disappointing, indeed.

  2. Karlie
    March 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I must be getting soft, because I actually like this sleepy little song. It’s definitely the melody I like though, because the lyrics don’t blow me away. It must be hard to be the songwriter of “He Stopped Loving Her Today”/”Golden Ring”…how do you top that?

    Juli, you’ve been a bloggin’ fool lately…I’ve loved your concert coverage!

  3. Dan Milliken
    March 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Haha Leeann, I love that you’re completely fine with calling your own review “scathing.”

  4. Dan Milliken
    March 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Oh, and I have to mention how much I love that Native American name bit.

  5. Brady Vercher
    March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    This song seemed to receive so much hype when the album was released and I just can’t understand why.

  6. Leeann Ward
    March 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Brady, I’m with you. Before I heard the album, I heard about this song and how wonderful it was too.

  7. David Nisbet, Scotland
    March 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I thought this was one of the best songs on the album!

  8. JD
    March 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Having been known to p*ss away an entire day while shootin’ the sh*t in a bar, I was with this song til the payoff. The whole millionaire thing left me laughing. What a lousy ending. Cheap.

    Hey, even the Bambino struck out once in awhile…

  9. Peter
    March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    JD to extend your baseball metaphor: most home run hitters usually lead the league in strikeouts.

  10. JD
    March 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I kinda liked the song and was wondering how he was gonna resolve the story. It’s almost like he hit the wall when he got to the bridge and then the Jack Daniels took over….voila! ….the millionaire brainstorm!

    But what the hell…I’d take 50 strikouts in a row for one “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

  11. Chris D.
    March 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I love “Party For Two”. xD

  12. Jason
    March 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I think this song is an outstanding song and probably one of the better songs that is on the radio today. Also, you need to get your information together because if I am not mistaken the writers of the song are Troy Jones and Bobby Braddock. :)

  13. Dallas
    March 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I think it is a great song compared to his usual songs that sound all the same like ” Dont” and “Walk a little straighter Daddy” They are so boring sounding and this new song “People are Crazy” is refreshing sounding especialy next to Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban and Alan Jacksons hipocritical songs. The funny part was when he said how well he was doing and how his kids were very mad.

  14. Stephen H.
    May 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    If you’re talking to somebody in a bar, and you’ve established to the listener that you’re talking to somebody in a bar, why would you take the time to say, “Then I heard the old man say”? What, were you not listening to the old man in the other things he said during the verse?

    Just some rhetorical questions.

  15. James
    May 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I think its a great song. Dont dawg on it, i can listen to it over and over.

  16. Noeller
    May 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Sorry boys – gotta disagree with y’all for the first time ever. This song MIGHT be the best one on Country radio right now. Fantastic little shuffle-step, replete with a whistle solo straight out of Guns N Roses “Patience”…LOVE IT!!

    People Are Crazy, Whatever It Is, and Love Your Love The Most are the 3 best songs on Country radio right now, though I love High Cost Of Living as well.

  17. merlefan49
    May 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I like the song. I like the arrangement kinda reminds me of “Time Marches on” I also can see the flaws in it.

  18. Rick Stewart
    June 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Have to disagree, this is a great song . I head it the first time by accident and fell in love with it. Billboard yesterday had it at 38 , not shabby in todays market. I write alot of tunesand wish i had wrote this one.

  19. Nick Caisse
    July 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve been listening to Country music for about 50 years, and this song makes me think of Tom T. Halls misssives. I like it and I don’t need to hear young’uns try to disassemble it to its parts and phrases.I’ve been in a few bars, as a U.S. Marine , and I’ve discussed things such as this, with people a hell of a lot more experienced than me. It makes you appreciate the so called Old Timers. You young people don’t have the experience to pick apart Country songs for their worth, so age a little bit, before you choose to denigrate other’s work. Remember…..Age, and Treachery will always overcome youth and determination.It is a great song!!!!!!!!!!
    Semper Fi!!!!!!!!

  20. Kevin Bowles
    July 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    This song is great. I don’t understand how you could really find a flaw in it. The rhythm is also very smooth, the lyrics also fit the song very well. I really disagree how you try to pick things that are wrong with this song. Great song!

  21. Donna Adler
    July 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Did the narrator get his fortune? That’s how I took it. “His kids were mad as hell, but me, I’m doing well.” Then he stops by to thank him. I figured he was thanking him for the million.

  22. Sharon Cobb
    August 3, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Could you have been more wrong? As it sits at the top of the charts for the 2nd week and no doubt will get a nod for song of the year, do you think you could get Braddock’s co-writers name correct? It’s Troy, not Wayne, and troy, wayne, bruce whatever, is laughing all the way to the bank…and at this commentary by you.

  23. Ronnie Williams
    August 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Try Troy Jones as one of the writers. How can you expect people to respect your opinion when you can’t get the basic information correct. I’d love to have the royalties that this “Readers Digest” song will produce.

  24. Juli
    August 19, 2009 at 3:54 am

    The writer’s name is Troy Wayne Jones Jr., and Currington’s own website as well as his label’s site have prominently posted one of Chet Flippo’s Nashville Skyline columns in which he calls the dude Wayne Jones http://www.cmt.com/news/nashville-skyline/1615638/nashville-skyline-cd-sales-down-for-country-but-digital-downloads-up.jhtml.

    If the info’s good enough to be posted on an artist’s own site, well then…

  25. Guy
    August 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    It’s not written masterfully, but it’s got that very strong and memorable idea / hook to which the listener is brought back repeatedly: “God is great … beer is good … people are crazy.” That payoff is irresistible to bunches of people hungry for this kind of song — no matter how clumsy and clunky it gets there.

  26. Larry Bone
    September 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I think really good country music talks about real things about life people can relate to in the short time frame of a song. Sometimes when people make a lot of money, they don’t talk a lot with other people they know or maybe even their family. So it’s easier talking to a stranger who will just listen. The man could have been mad at his family. He may have kept to himself pretty much his whole life. He may have worked hard for his money and wants his family to work hard for their own money. There are a lot of possibilities that are there just with what’s in the song. And it’s sung or told just like it happened yesterday.

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