Randy Newman: My Life in 15 Songs

Here's how a comic genius built one of American music's greatest catalogs

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"Short People"

I needed an "up" song for that record, and that just popped out: "Short people got no reason..." I was bouncing off that [hums the piano line]. I was surprised by the reaction. Because it was a hit [peaking at Number Two], the song reached people who aren't looking for irony. For them, the words mean exactly what they say. I can imagine being a short kid in junior high school. I thought about it before I let the record get out. But I thought, "What the hell?" I know what I meant – the guy in that song is crazy. He was not to be believed. 

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