Suicide Is Painless



Johnny Mandel

Through early morning fog I see
Visions of the things to be
The pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please.
I try to find a way to make
All our little joys relate
Without that ever-present hate
But now I know that it's too late, and...
The game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
So this is all I have to say.
The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I'm beat
And to another give my seat
For that's the only painless feat.
The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows it grin, but...
A brave man once requested me
To answer questions that are key
Is it to be or not to be
And I replied 'oh why ask me?'
'Cause suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you please.

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On January 25th 1970, the Robert Altman movie "M*A*S*H" had its world premier in New York City...
It won a Golden Globe Award for 'Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)'...
And was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one ('Best Screenplay' for Ring Lardner, Jr.)...
The TV series premiered on September 17th, 1972 and ran for 11 seasons with 256 episodes (Alan Alda appeared in the most episodes, 251).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Loved the movie, love the song, hated the series. Alan Alda is NOT Hawkeye Pierce.
- Terry, Valliant, OK
I love the movie and the TV Series. I still watch it on METV (Memoriable Entertainment Television) every chance I get. The words to that theme song is real deep.
- lynn, Greensboro, NC
Does anyone know who sang the version of this song in the film during the Last Supper scene? It has slightly different lyrics from the theme version and the others....including the TV version and the cover by The Manic Street Preachers. I think that the singer has a brilliant voice and the acoustic guitar accompaniment is beautiful - even surpassing the original theme version.
- John, Donegal, Ireland
This piece of music will forever be associated with the TV program "M*A*S*H". My nephew learned to play it when he was in high school band. I wonder if it's still considered "appropriate" music for today's woodwind players to learn?
- Carolyn, Knoville, TN
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