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Suicide is Painless (1970) by Johnny Mandel

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Suicide is Painless (Song)

performed by Johnny Mandel

January 25, 1970
 
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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... 
 
[REFRAIN]: 
 
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... 
 
[REFRAIN] 
 
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. 
 
[REFRAIN] 
 
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. 
 
[REFRAIN] 
 
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 stronger...watch it grin, but... 
 
[REFRAIN] 
 
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?' 
 
[REFRAIN] 
 
'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.