Suicide is Painless…It Brings on Many Changes…

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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  1. Avatar Anne says:

    Nob thanks for sharing this, I know it can’t have been easy. when I hear that song it gives me goosebumpsReport

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto in reply to Anne says:

      I think this is ultimately easier for me to deal with now than some of my current, ongoing issues.

      …and yeah, Suicide is Painless was a song I listened to a lot in my late teens.Report

  2. Avatar Scott says:

    It is so wonderful that the BS Romney story can bring out so many personal stories here at the League. We can all post our own personal story and have a catharsis. Now if someone would just post something relevant.Report

  3. Avatar Tom Van Dyke says:

    Cheers to Nob here. I’ve always loved that lyric from the Theme to M*A*S*H, sing it while I play the Bm guitar part.

    They sing it in the movie when the copiously-hung dentist [John Shattuck] decides to end it all. Shall such a splendid dick die unrequited-like?

    Sorry about your exp, brother Nob. I’m pleased you’re still here.
    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.

    Wiki: “Suicide Is Painless” is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics), which is best known for being featured as the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. The actual title is “Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless)”. Mike Altman is the son of the original film’s director, Robert Altman, and was 14 years old when he wrote the song’s lyrics. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1980s, Robert Altman said that his son earned more than a million US dollars for co-writing the song while he only made US $70,000 for directing the movie.”

    That’s about right. Chorus is good, Verses 2, 4 and 5 blow chunks, written by the director’s son. Not one person in a thousand can tell you one of the words, but half of humanity probably recognizes Johnny Mandel’s theme music.

    The only way to win is cheat…Report

  4. I’m sure it’ll be easier still at 35.

    It will be.Report

  5. Avatar Kimmi says:

    Share half of a story with you… feel free to disbelieve, as always.
    A “friend of a friend” was half-American/half-Japanese, growing up
    in Japan. It may never be easy being different — but Japan sometimes
    feels a lot harder than America — more of an emphasis on conformity.
    At age 14, she was designing portable stoves to help people’s houses
    not burn down.
    At age 15, she was dying, wasting away — paralyzed, and lacking the will
    to live.

    She’s dead now, and the world is poorer for her passing.Report

  6. Avatar joey jo jo says:

    needle in the hay by elliot smith is the next gen suicide is painless.
    cemented by use of the song in the suicide attempt scene in royal tennenbaumsReport