Crazy chords

You can learn how to play Crazy by Gnarls Barkley!

Crazy by Gnarles Barkley is a single taken from the album St Elsewhere. It was the first single and took Gnarles to superstardom almost overnight as it topped the charts the world over.

In the U.K, it stayed at the top spot for 9 weeks, at the time, no song had achieved this for ten years.

Not just popular in its original version, Crazy has found its way onto most covers bands’ repertoire and often stayed there since its 2006 release.

The chords are played by most guitar players in these bands without the necessary extensions. Below you find the chords and lyrics for Crazy, play along using the original video above and see if you agree with the extensions.

Remember to try all chords in all CAGED shapes before you dismiss them as crazy!

Crazy chords and lyrics

| C5 |

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 |
I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind.
| Ebmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
There was something so pleasant about that place.
| Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G |
Even your emotions have an echo, and so much space. Mmm.

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 |
And when you’re out there without care, yeah, I was out of touch.
| Ebmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough.
| Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G |
I just knew too much. Hm.

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 |
Does that make me crazy? Does that make me crazy?
| Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G G7 |
Does that make me crazy? Possibly.

| C | C | Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
And I hope that you are having the time of your life.
| Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 | Gsus4 | G |
But think twice, that’s my only advice. Mm.

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 |
Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you. Who do you think you are?
| Ebmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
Ha ha ha, bless your soul. 
| Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G |
You really think you’re in control. Well.

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 |
I think you’re crazy. I think you’re crazy.
| Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G G7 |
I think you’re crazy. Just like me.

| C | C | Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on the limb.
| Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 | Gsus4 | G N.C |
And all I remember is thinking I want to be like them. Mm, hm.

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 |
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun.
| Ebmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come, (hm, mm)
| Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G |
and I can die when I’m done,

| Cm | Cm | Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 |
But maybe I’m crazy. Maybe you’re crazy.
| Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 | Gsus4 | G G7 |
Maybe we’re crazy. Probably.

| C | C | Abmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
Oh, ah, oh. 
| Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 | Gsus4 | G | Cm |
Wo-oh, wo-ho, mm, hm.

Crazy chord progression

The chord progression for the verse and chorus is in the key of Cm, moving CmEbAbG, should you ignore the extensions.

Translated to roman numerals, this is VI – I – IV – IIIx. Only the III chord is straying outside the key, it should have been minor.

The real surprise appears in the bridge where we all of a sudden get a C, not a Cm chord. This is called a modal interchange (step 8 in my chord progression course), we are not in Cm anymore, but instead in C major, or Ionian, instead of Aeolian.

This only lasts for two bars as we quickly ignore this crazy chord and go to an Abmaj7. The Abmaj7 is very similar to a Cm, just with an Ab in the bass.

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