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Suicide Is Painless (Main Title from M*A*S*H) 
By: The Mash
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Rank this week: 21 (↑38)
Duration: 2:51 
Release Date: 1970  () 
Lyrics By: Johnny Mandel Lyrics by Mike Altman () 
Music By: Johnny Mandel Lyrics by Mike Altman () 
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Released By: 20th Century Fox Music Corp. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
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  • When the M*A*S*H movie was adapted to TV in 1972, it was transmogrified into an instrumental as suicide was deemed inappropriate for an American sitcom. (AH3RD)
  • The song's lyrics were composed by Mike Altman, the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman. (AH3RD)
  • Best known for being featured as the main title theme song/music for both the 1970 dark comedy movie and 1972-83 CBS-TV sitcom M*A*S*H. (AH3RD)
  • Was No.1 in Britain 31.5.-14.6.1980 (Maxe)
  • Song Lyrics:
    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?'

    '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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    Messages about the song: "Suicide Is Painless (Main Title from M*A*S*H)"
     
     
    AH3RD   Offline  -  Member  -  02-22-08 05:51 PM  -  11 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Live and learn...
    Dino Flintstone   Offline  -  Participant  -  04-27-07 06:49 PM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    Actually, I heard the original over 25 years ago. I have a preference for folk music, but also have very eclectic tastes - folk integrates easily with many styles. Believe it or not, I prefer the Manic Street Preachers' version better. This is a great arrangement, the bass guitar adds much power to this song, and in my opinion the instrumentals and vocals are a much better fit for the lyrics.

    --- Dang
    There's an interesting new version on youtube (linked above) from Manic Street Preachers. I've not hear of the group before, but it's a nice rendition. I like the original better, of course, but this is good enough that I bet people who heard it before hearing the original would prefer it.
        --dang
    MarlinsGirl   Offline  -  Participant  -  04-26-07 09:20 PM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I much prefer the Manic Street Preachers version. It Rocks.
    Terri M.

    --- Dang
    There's an interesting new version on youtube (linked above) from Manic Street Preachers. I've not hear of the group before, but it's a nice rendition. I like the original better, of course, but this is good enough that I bet people who heard it before hearing the original would prefer it.
        --dang
    Dang   Offline  -  Donator  -  04-26-07 08:33 PM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    There's an interesting new version on youtube (linked above) from Manic Street Preachers. I've not hear of the group before, but it's a nice rendition. I like the original better, of course, but this is good enough that I bet people who heard it before hearing the original would prefer it.
        --dang
    MarlinsGirl   Offline  -  Participant  -  04-24-07 08:38 AM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    that was before my time.
    Terri M.

    --- Stavro288
    The original movie began with this version.

    --- MarlinsGirl
    I didn't know there was lyrics to this song.

    Terri M.
    Stavro Arrgolus   Offline  -  Editor, MP3  -  04-23-07 10:56 PM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    The original movie began with this version.

    --- MarlinsGirl
    I didn't know there was lyrics to this song.

    Terri M.
    MarlinsGirl   Offline  -  Participant  -  04-23-07 09:21 PM  -  12 years ago
    fiogf49gjkf0d
    I didn't know there was lyrics to this song.

    Terri M.
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