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“This old man and me, were at the bar
and we were having us some beers
and swapping ‘I don’t cares’
talking politics, blond and red-head chicks
old dogs and new tricks and habits we ain’t kicked

We talked about God’s grace
and all the hell we raised
then I heard the ol’ man say:
– God is great, beer is good and people are crazy –

He said – I fought two wars
Been married and divorced –
What brings you to Ohio?
He said – Damned if I know –
We talked an hour or two
about every girl we knew
what all we put ‘em through
like two old boys will do

We pondered life and death
he lit a cigarette
he said – These damn things will kill me yet
but God is great, beer is good and people are crazy –

Last call its two a.m., I said goodbye to him
I never talked to him again

Then one sunny day, I saw the old man’s face
front page obituary, he was a millionaire
he left his fortune to some guy he barely knew
his kids were mad as hell
but me, I’m doing well
and I drop by today, to just say thanks and pray
and I left a six-pack right there on his grave and I said
– God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy –

God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy
God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy”.

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Traduzione.

“Questo vecchio ed io eravamo al bar
ci stavamo facendo qualche birra
e scambiandoci i “chi se ne frega”
parlammo di politica, di ragazze bionde e rosse
vecchi amici e nuovi scherzi e vizi mai smessi

Parlammo della grazia di Dio
e dei casini che avevamo combinato
poi sentii il vecchio dire
“Dio è grande, la birra è buona e la gente è matta”

Disse: – Ho combattuto due guerre
sono stato sposato e ho divorziato –
cosa ti porta in Ohio?
Disse: – Che sia dannato se lo so –
Parlammo per un’ora o due
di tutte le ragazze che avevamo conosciuto
di cosa avevamo fatto loro passare
come farebbero due vecchi amici.

Riflettemmo sulla vita e la morte
lui accese una sigaretta
disse: – Queste maledette mi uccideranno
ma Dio è grande, la birra è buona e la gente è matta -.

Ultimo giro, sono le due del mattino, gli dissi addio
non ho mai più parlato con lui

Poi, un bel giorno, ho visto la faccia del vecchio
sugli annunci mortuari, era un milionario
aveva lasciato la sua fortuna ad uno che conosceva a malapena
i suoi figli erano incazzati come iene
ma io me la cavo bene
E oggi passo a trovarlo, solo per un grazie e una preghiera
ho lasciato sei lattine proprio sulla sua tomba e ho detto:
– Dio è grande, la birra è buona e la gente è matta -.

Dio è grande, la birra è buona e la gente è matta
Dio è grande, la birra è buona e la gente è matta”.

(Traduzione a cura di Peppo Anselmi)

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Billy Currington, People are crazy – 3:52
(Bobby Braddock, Troy Jones)
Album: Little bit of everything (2008)
Singolo: “People are crazy” (2009)

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Citazioni.

People Are Crazy is a song written by Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones, recorded by American country music singer Billy Currington. It was released in March 2009 as the second single from his album Little Bit of Everything. The song is Currington’s ninth single on the Billboard country singles charts, and has become his third number-one single. On December 2, 2009, “People Are Crazy” was Grammy-nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. The song has also received a “Song of the Year” nomination on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
People Are Crazy” centralizes on the male narrator and an old man whom he meets in a bar. In the first verse, the two of them converse, which leads to the old man saying, “God is great, beer is good / And people are crazy.” They continue to converse throughout the second verse as well before parting ways. In the third verse, some time has passed, and the narrator reads the old man’s obituary in the paper. He discovers that the now dead old man was a millionaire and “left his fortune to / Some guy he barely knew” (i.e., the narrator). After this discovery, the narrator also declares that “people are crazy.” The song is in a 4/4 time signature and a moderate tempo, in the key of F major, using a main chord pattern of F–C–Dm–B♭. Currington’s vocals range from B♭3 to D5.
According to the blog maintained by the television network CMT, Currington said of the song, “It’s one of those that lifts your spirits and make you laugh. I knew the first time I heard it, I wanted to lay it down and record it for the album”. Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones wrote the song after Jones gave Braddock the idea for the line “God is great, beer is good / And people are crazy”. Jones was in Alabama and decided to take a drive through the country. He was trying to think of three things you can’t argue with and came up with the three things. When the two were writing the song, Braddock then suggested the twist ending. The music video was shot by the Brads, a directing duo consisting of Potsy Ponciroli and Blake McClure.
In his review of the album, Billboard critic Mikael Wood said that the song was a “briskly strummed country-rock number” that “handily reduces [Currington]’s worldview to a memorable one-liner”, and added that the rest of the album “doesn’t do much to complicate that philosophy”. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a positive review, saying that “It goes a long way into proving just what is great about country music: the stories and simple, effective melodies”. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 gave the song a thumbs-down rating, saying that it was “feel-good like a Reader’s Digest story” and did not have a country music sound other than “an occasionally audible steel guitar lick”.

(Wikipedia, voce People Are Crazy)

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