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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... 
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.