Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go berserk
Well you left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind

And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa

You thought it was a joke and so you laughed
You laughed when I said
That losing you would make me flip my lid, right?
You know you laughed, I heard you laugh
You laughed, you laughed and laughed and then you left
But now you know I'm utterly mad

And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa

I cooked your food, I cleaned your house
And this is how you pay me back
For all my kind, unselfish, loving deeds
Ha! Well you just wait
They'll find you yet and when they do
They'll put you in the ASPCA, you mangy mutt

And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
They're coming to take me away ha haaa ho ho hee hee
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa!



Lyrics submitted by richie


They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! song meanings
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    General Comment:WHAAAT? no comments? (blasphemy)

    Clearly it's about well ajusted adults. I like it, good song, fun to sing at random intervals and reap in the weird looks. But it creeps me out at night.
    blackestwhiteroseon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:The song is about a man going crazy, and being taken away to a mental hospital.

    Due to complaints from many people, this song was actually banned from a lot of radio stations at the time it was released in 1966 because they felt it made fun of people with mental diseases.
    richieon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Odd fun.
    blackled222on July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:at first, the listener thinks that he's talking to a lover (or ex-lover). but then, the mangy mutt line.
    classicsfanon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Nod about the mutt line. What better would signify the craziness of the singer than the fact the guy thinks his dog is ACTUALLY laughing at him? But it is not necessarily the case that the one that leaves is a mutt. I get giggles flip-flopping the meaning between that of a friend or lover and that of a real mutt: a dog. It seems like a bit of a “conceptual illusion” (my words), much akin to those dual faced “optical illusions”, some examples of which I can think of is one where you either see a rabbit or a duck, and another where one sees either dolphins or lovers in the act. While obviously many songs contain entities with dual meanings (otherwise, why would songmeanings.net exist?) This one seems to be such a tease that its worth noting. It is in a song about the point of insanity, and one may feel as they’re going insane flip flopping through the two meanings. This search for meaning and the resulting ambiguity is a perfect complement to the song.
    ThisIsntAMadeUpNameon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:lol. My friend and I are gonna sing this song on Performance Day at our school....

    It'll be awesome.
    MrHahnKittyon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Wow I really think you are over-analizing this song.

    He IS talking to his (ex) girlfriend
    he calls her mangy mutt cuz he is upset,

    causing ALOT of contraversy at the time

    like some one to day would curse at the person
    leaving them, and driving them mad


    but yes he is talking to his lover, not dog.

    NadiaSvetzlanaon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:Totally agree with blackestwhiterose. It's a great song, but don't listen too late at night.
    Strangleron April 22, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:Actually My grandmother was around when this came out and told me that he is talking about his dog laughing at him which is why he is so crazy.
    deathbecomesuson August 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:Well, the guy is going crazy. Ex-girlfriend and dog both fit in quite well and there's no conclusive evidence that points out the fact that it is talking to one and not the other. Losing a girl would make one more crazy and makes logical sense and if you pointed a gun to my head and forced me to make a decision as to who he is talking about, I would say it is a girl, but putting a dog into the lyrics fits well and is actually quite funny if you think about it.
    alienator345on December 17, 2010   Link

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