I Can Take Or Leave It If I Please by SquarePeg

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Hello. 5th October and number 277 in the ongoing 365 image mega series.

Self portrait taken tonight at home. I always thought the best thing about M*A*S*H* was the theme song. Mike Altman was 14 when he wrote the lyrics…

Black and white conversion with levels and contrast adjustment and three texture layers blended with overlay and partially erased. PS7 used.

Canon EOS 20D / Canon USM 28mm-105mm lens.

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Song from M A S H (Suicide is Painless) by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics)

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 choose.


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  • SquarePeg
    SquarePegalmost 3 years ago

  • helenjanedraper
    helenjanedraperalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much! :):):)

    – SquarePeg

  • Vein
    Veinalmost 3 years ago

    If u really wanna cheese god off, self murder is a good start.

    It answers both of those pesky questions, How? & When?

    The Russian Roulette scene from The Deer Hunter has always haunted me, left it’s mark so to speak.

  • Not really one for cheesing God off, though I’m sure I might have. Only ever seen that scene once and it’s still very vivid.

    – SquarePeg

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

  • Thank you. :):):)

    – SquarePeg

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