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Radio XXXVII, side B, track 6: “Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole - Miss You Like CrazyOh, Natalie Cole, so the only natural reaction that one could have when listening to this wonderful song is to try to figure out the etymology of “miss you like crazy”.  So I went to Merriam-Webster and got a bunch of definitions of crazy and that’s as far as I decided to go because I’m lazy like that.  It’s not a huge deal for me to know how exactly saying “I miss you like crazy” came about, Natalie Cole, it’s just that I’ve heard a new permutation of it in the last several years, and I wanted to see how long it’s been since we started using “like crazy”.

I’m talking about “like whoa”.  As in “I miss you like whoa”.  And maybe no one is even using it anymore, but I remember hearing it several years ago and at first thinking it sounded silly and childish, but then again, I’m sure that’s what people thought when they first heard people saying “I miss you like crazy”.  And frankly, Natalie Cole, I think I prefer “I miss you like whoa”.

Because while “crazy” has several definitions, it still tracks back to mental illness.  When you’re telling someone that you miss them like crazy, you’re telling them that you miss them so much that you might need to be institutionalized.  Which is flattering in its way, but not if you’ve ever been institutionalized or worried that you might have to be.  “I miss you like whoa” is saying the same thing, it’s just saying that you were so overwhelmed with missing someone that you had to step back and say whoa to your emotions.  Or you were just in awe at how huge your feelings were.  Either way, I like that we’ve taken any hint of insanity out of what is an otherwise beautiful sentiment.

Not to take anything away from your beautiful song, Natalie Cole.  I doubt you thought too much about it besides that it sounded great when being sung by you, and it’s a pretty common expression, so don’t let my word nerdery get in your way.  I mean, I still love it like whoa.

“Miss You Like Crazy”

<awesome Natalie Cole jam>

Even though it’s been so long

My love for you keeps goin’ strong
I remember the things that we used to do
A kiss in the rain ’til the sun shine through
I tried to deny it
But I’m still in love with yooou

I miss you like
Craaazy
I miss you like
Craaazy

Ever since you went away
Every hour of every day
I miss you like
Craaazy
I miss you like
Craaazy
No matter whaaat I say or do
There’s just no getting over yooou

I can see the love shining in your eyes
And it comes as such a sweet surprise
If seeing’s believing it’s worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together
We’re starting forever now

And I miss you like
Craaazy
I miss you like
Craaazy
Ever since you went away
Every hour, every day
I miss you like
Craaazy
I miss ya, baby
Love like ours will never end
Just touch me and we’re there agaaaaain

<awesome Natalie Cole jam>

Juuust ooone night
And we’ll have that magic feeling like we used to do

Hooold ooon tight
And whatever comes our way we’re gonna
Make it throoooough

Seeing’s believing is worth the wait
So hold me and tell me it’s not too late
We’re so good together
Starting forever nooow

And I miss you like
Craaazy
I miss you like
Craaazy
No matter whaaat I say or do
There’s just no getting over you
And I miss you, baby, I miss you, baby
All the tender love you gave me
When a feeling gets this strong
Ya know the real thing’s come along, and I miss yooooou

I miss you like crazy, baby
Only your sweet love can save meeeeeeeeee

I miss ya like
Craaazy
A love like ours will never end

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