Story Behind the Song: Billy Currington, ‘People Are Crazy’
Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy" was written by Troy Jones and Bobby Braddock. Currington released the tune in March of 2009, as the second single from his Little Bit of Everything album. It became his third No. 1 single, earned a Top 30 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (No. 27) and earned two Grammy Awards nominations, for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, as well as an ACM Awards nomination, for Song of the Year. Below, Jones tells The Boot about how the song came to be.
I was in Alabama and decided to take a little ride in the country. I was trying to think of three things you can't argue with, and I came up with "God is great; beer is good; people are crazy." I went back to the house, got my guitar and ended up writing several lines that wound up being the first verse of the song.
I knew I had my first writing session with Bobby that next week, so I held onto the lyrics and melody to play it for him. I was a little nervous to write with him, because he's such a legendary songwriter. I played him what I had, and he said, "Man, I love it."
It was Bobby's idea to make the guy rich and leave all his money to the kid he's talking to in the song instead of his own kids. I wasn't too sure about that idea, but I figured if you can't trust Bobby with your song, who can you trust?
After we finished it, I thought it was good and maybe would be an album cut for someone. Then Billy's people called and said they liked the song and it might be a single, but I figured something would happen to keep that from happening. I wouldn't let myself get too excited. You know, a songwriter worries all the time: First, you worry that the song will be cut, then if it's gonna be a single. If that happens, you worry about radio playing it, and I was worried about radio playing this one!
I was very surprised at the 18- to 20-year-olds who like this song ... There was a lot of buzz even before it was released as a single, but you never know about a song until it's out there for the public to hear.
This story was originally written by Vernell Hackett, and revised by Angela Stefano.
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