Billy Currington – People Are Crazy

Released: March 2, 2009.
Recorded: 2008.

The Story of This Song

As has been told by Billy:

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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