Song of the Day #4,166: ‘Crazy’ – R.E.M.

Today’s radom track come from R.E.M.’s 1987 collection of B-sides and rare tracks titled Dead Letter Office.

Often, albums like this can be a bit of a drag — a simple cash grab or an easy way to satisfy a contract. That may well have been the purpose of this one, too, but it’s a great collection of songs nonetheless, providing a glimpse into the band’s burgeoning creativity as well as their playful side.

‘Crazy’ is a cover of a song by the band Pylon, another act that made a big splash in Athens, Ga., in the 80s. Local fans at the time might have laid bets on whether R.E.M. or Pylon would be the band to hit it big.

[Intro]
Listen

[Verse 1]
You’re funny and you don’t know why
You’re funny and you can’t even cry
You’re funny and you don’t know why
You’re funny and you can’t even try

[Chorus]
Because your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking
And your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking

Listen
Listen
Listen
Listen

[Verse 2]
You’re hungry and you don’t know why
You’re hungry and you can’t even cry
You’re hungry and you don’t know why
You’re hungry and you don’t even try

[Chorus]
Because your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking
And your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking

[Bridge]
You take a walk and you try to understand
Nothing can hurt you
Unless you want it to
There are no answers
Many reasons to be strong
You take a walk, you take a walk
You take a walk and you try to understand, oh

Listen
Listen
Listen
Listen

[Chorus]
And still your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking
And your head’s shaking and your arms are shaking
And your feet are shaking ’cause the earth is shaking

[Outro]
You’re in love and you don’t know why
You’re in love and you can’t even cry
You’re in love and you don’t know why
You’re in love and you don’t even try

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,166: ‘Crazy’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I remember hearing about Pylon back when I was in college.

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