M*A*S*H Theme Song Lyrics

M*A*S*H Theme Lyrics

Suicide is Painless Lyrics by Johnny Mandel & Mike Altman
(Aired on CBS from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983)
(M*A*S*H is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital)

(Suicide is Painless was composed by Johnny Mandel with lyrics written by Mike Altman, Robert Altman's son)
(The elder Altman directed the movie M*A*S*H)

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 stronger...watch 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

[Thanks to catkins702 for correcting these lyrics]
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