"Theme from M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless)" as written by and Johnny/altman Mandel....
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
I can take or leave it if I please
That game of life is hard to play

I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card of some delay
So this is all I have to say
That suicide is painless

It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please
The sword of time will pierce our skin
It doesn't hurt when it begins

But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger, watch it burn
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes

And I can take or leave it if I please
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
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I...

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And you can do the same thing if you please


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"Theme from M.A.S.H. (Suicide Is Painless)" as written by Michael B Altman Johnny Mandel

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  • +2
    General CommentDude, you realise that Richey wasn't even born when this song was written? The Manics just covered it.
    TomosANTIGUATomoson January 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA cover version of the song used on MASH (Film / TV Series). Originally sung by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Mike Altman (Robert Altman's son) then aged 14.
    Onlineon March 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuicide is easy it's life that hurts."It's not dying that's sad it's living when your not happy" - torture garden
    MissDon August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment- psycho laugh is heard- i cannot believe they used the song for the theme for m.a.s.h.
    wedanceinmiseryon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe didn't. Not this version anyway. This is a cover. And I think the original was written for Mash as much as Flash was written for Flash Gordon.
    MercuryCobainon July 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments? :o I love it..I'm so touched by this song.
    Dosedon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love these lyrics
    frozen_in_fireon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Torture Garden...what a messed up book
    Cherub Rockon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPure poetry, what else should I say
    mojo risinon May 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI might be wrong, but I was watching a live video for this song, and instead of "it brings on many changes" James sang "it brings a man to jesus". Either way its still a great song
    divastarr21on July 06, 2006   Link

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