It’s a Madhouse

I always loved that scene from Planet of the Apes when Charlton Heston screamed, “It’s a madhouse!  A madhouse!”, and today the Sunday Song Lyric theme is madness, so I picked an old song that is the epitome of madness.   This song is about a man who is going crazy, and he is being taken away to a mental hospital.  Many people complained that this song made fun of people with mental diseases, so it was actually banned from a lot of radio stations at the time it was released in 1966.  I always thought it was funny and I would visualize men chasing after the crazy person with butterfly nets.  This song came out before Jack Nicholson starred as Randle Patrick McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I think that movie made people lighten up on their feelings about mental people.  Some other great movies about crazy people were Robert Di Niro and Billy Crystal in ‘Analyze This’ and Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss in ‘What About Bob’.

A man goes to a Psychologist and says, “Doc I got a real problem, I can’t stop thinking about sex.”  The psychiatrist says, “Well let’s see what we can find out”, and he pulls out his ink blots suggesting that they start with a Rorschach Test.  He holds up the first picture and asks the man what he sees.  The patient turns the picture upside down then turns it around and states, “That’s a man and a woman on a bed making love.”  The psychiatrist says, “very interesting”, and he shows the man the next picture saying, “What do you see in this a picture?” The man looks and turns it in different directions and says, “That’s two men and a woman on a bed making love.”  The psychiatrist tries again with the third ink blot, and asks the same question, “What is this a picture of?”  The patient again turns it in all directions and replies, “That’s a naked woman on a bed making love to herself.”  The psychiatrist states, “Well, yes, you do seem to be obsessed with sex.”  “Me!” the patient yells out, “You’re the one who keeps showing me all the dirty pictures!”

Napoleon XIV: ‘They’re coming to take me away’

Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I’d go beserk
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 A.S.P.C.A.
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
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!

Written for 1/7/18 Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday Theme where the prompt is madness.

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