Crazy Arms

03:24
Sarah Barker
2014
Ralph Mooney

Story

Ray Price recorded ‘Crazy Arms’ in 1956.  It quickly rose to number one on the Billboard country charts and stayed there for 20 weeks.  At the end of the year, it was named the number one country single of 1956 by Billboard magazine.

It’s been recorded by many artists since then, but remains one of Ray Price’s signature songs.  As yet another sad country song, the subject matter has universal appeal. 

Here Johnny Barber gives it something akin to a rock beat, while adhering to its country roots.  Once again, the fiddle and pedal steel take center stage.

Lyrics

 

Now blue ain’t the word for the way that I feel

And a storm is brewing in this heart of mine

This ain’t no crazy dream I know that it’s real

You’re someone else’s love now, you’re not mine

 

Crazy arms that reach to hold somebody new

But my yearning heart keeps saying you’re not mine

My troubled mind knows soon to another you’ll be wed

And that’s why I’m lonesome all the time

 

Please take these treasured dreams I had for you and me

Take all the love I thought was mine

Someday my crazy arms will hold somebody new

But right now I’m so lonesome I could die

 

Crazy arms that reach to hold somebody new

But my yearning heart keeps saying you’re not mine

My troubled mind knows soon to another you’ll be wed

And that’s why I’m lonesome all the time

That’s why I’m lonesome all the time