Suicide is Painless Ė MASH Theme
The Brothers Four version

Midi 1 (C120)    Midi 2 (D114)
Midi 3(D120)
Tabbed by Mark Purintun (eons ago...)
Lyrics:  Mike Altman  Music:  Johnny Mandel
For diatonic harmonica


 


Verse 1:
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Through early morning fog I see, visions of the things to be,
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the pains that are withheld for me,
I realize and I can see...

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

Verse 2:
 
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The game of life is hard to play.
  I'm gonna lose it anyway.
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The losing card I'll someday lay.  So this is all I have to say...
  (
Refrain....)

Verse 3:
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The sword of time will pierce our skin.
  It doesn't hurt when it begins.
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But as it works it's way on in, the pain grows stronger, watch it, grin.
(Refrain....)

Verse 4:
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A brave man once requested me to answer questions that are key.
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"Is it to be or not to be", and I replied "Oh why ask me?"   (
Refrain....)

Additional verses and ending:

 
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The only way to win is cheat and lay it down before I'm beat
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And to another give my seat for that's the only painless feat... 
(Refrain....)

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I try to find a way to make all our little joys relate.
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without that ever-present hate but now I know that it's too late, and..
(Refrain..)

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and I can take or leave it if I please.
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...and you can do the same thing if you please.

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