“Crazy” by Patsy Cline

Country music is very popular in the U.S., especially in the southern states. One of the queens (important and respected women) of country music is Patsy Cline. Like many other great country singers, many of her songs were crossover hits. A crossover is something that is successful in more than one area or field. Many of her songs were popular on the country music charts (list of the most popular songs), as well as the pop music charts.

Like Jeff Buckley, she died a tragic (terrible and sad) death at the height of her career, when she was at her most popular. She died at the age of 30 in a plane crash in 1963.

Her most famous hit was “Crazy” and it is a very well known song today. Friday’s podcast, ESL Podcast 361 – Feeling Lonely, reminded me of the lyrics of this song. Another of her songs I like is called “I Fall to Pieces.” To fall to pieces mean to lose control emotionally. From these songs, I think you get a good idea of some of the common themes or topics in country music.

Notice that she drops the “-g” sound at the end of some words, such as “feeling,” “thinking,” “trying,” and “crying.” This is common among speakers of southern dialects in the U.S.

~ Lucy

by Patsy Cline

Crazy, I’m crazy for feeling so lonely.
I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue (sad).
I knew you’d love me as long as you wanted.
And then someday, you’d leave me for somebody new.

Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wondering what in the world did I do?

Oh crazy, for thinking that my love could hold you (keep you).
I’m crazy for trying,
And crazy for crying,
And I’m crazy for loving you.

Crazy, for thinking that my love could hold you.
I’m crazy for trying
And crazy for crying,
And I’m crazy for loving you.

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9 Responses to “Crazy” by Patsy Cline

  1. Hermann LANTER says:

    A wonderful song. So emotionally that one gets goose bumps.

  2. emiliano says:

    I have listen this song so many times that enjoy it even more now that I can read the lyric, another very good selection Lucy.
    To people like me that love music so much it is a pleasure to have the lyrics and listen again these clasics, also to know something about singers lifes, as you tell us about her and Jeff Buckley.
    I Know the song, I love it and the voice of her, but I don’t know anything about her life neither about Jeff Buckley, yes what a pity sad death both of them.
    I think Lucy you have quite a good taste choosing songs and singers, thanks and go on please. We need you ….we want you.

  3. Tam Doan says:

    Could you please explain what “hit” means in “Like many other great country singers, many of her songs were crossover _hits_” ?
    Furthermore, in some documents, I sometimes get “hit ratio” , what does “hit ratio” mean ?
    Thank you

  4. hi i would like to talk about the words in the song .it touch the heart you know just lat’s go to dive in the ocean of words you will see mind and soul .

  5. emiliano says:

    Talking about the words in the song, I think they are so clear about the feelings one person has when she or he has loved so much to someone that has gone, and even despite he or her has gone …….. the person who is singing is still loving to the absent.
    And the singer calls him or herself crazy to has that feelings yet, which is natural because there is not any hope, and even he or her thinks that was cheated when loves just in that way to a person that didn’t felt the same apparently.
    It is so sad because the singer is asking inside what may he or her did wrong and there is nothing about it, as love may be a fragile thing to other people….
    I love the song because in such a few words tells so much about human feelings, love, misunderstand and loneliness. Brilliant in many ways and incredible voice. I liked it always.

  6. Nam says:

    I can’t see the box in which upper left corner has an X-mark! What’s wrong?

  7. Nam, Maybe you have not Flash Plugin Enable at you web browser…

  8. anton granik says:

    Yep, she’s cool and the song is awesome!

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