Suicide

Suicide has been on my mind a lot lately. Not my own, fortunately. The protagonist of the novel I’m writing is the daughter of a woman who commits suicide.

In the news, Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri killed himself last month, allegedly due to a “whisper campaign” about his Jewish heritage. As if that reasoning wasn’t bizarre enough, yesterday Schweich’s former spokesman, Spence Jackson, also killed himself.

Then there was co-pilot who flew a plane into a mountain. What he was actually comitting was murder, but I bet he thought of it as suicide. People can be very selfish like that.

All this put me in mind of one of my old songs. Lest anyone consider this a cry for help, I wrote this song in 1985. So it’s certainly not an urgent one. For its 30th birthday I thought I’d take it out and show it a good time. Try to cheer it up. It’s been a little depressed lately. Singin’ the blues.

The Ace of Diamonds and the Eight of Spades
Dead man’s hand for a gambling age
Suicide
Suicide
Sometimes I feel like I want to commit suicide

I don’t like razors and I don’t like guns
But I don’t like living a life that’s no fun
Suicide
Suicide
Sometimes I feel like I want to commit suicide

I drink too much and do too many drugs
One day you’ll come home and find me on the rug

Suicide
Suicide
Sometimes I feel like I want to commit suicide

Don’t cry for me, ’cause I won’t care
If there’s something better, I’ll see you there

Suicide
Suicide
Sometimes I feel like I want to commit suicide

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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