They're Coming To Take Me Away

by Napoleon XIV
(real name: Jerry Samuels)


Remember when you ran away and
I got on my knees and begged you
Not to leave because I'd go berserk? 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, he he, ha ha,
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 had 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, he he , ha ha,
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? Huh?
Well, you just wait--they'll find you yet
And when they do they'll put you in the
ASPCA you mangy mutt! And,

They're coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They're coming to take me away, ho ho, he he, ha ha,
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!

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!

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!


Discography:

  • original 45 from 1966 on Warner Brothers 5831 (B-side of which is the same song played backwards) [out-of-print]
  • reissued 45 from 1973 on Warner Brothers 7726 (same B-side) [out-of-print]
  • reissued 45 from 1976 on Eric 195 (B-side of which is "Photogenic, Schizophrenic You"; contains "Demented mix" [see below] without talking at end)
  • reissued 45 from 1990 on Collectables 3859 (B-side of which is his 1988 follow-up "They're Coming To Get Me Again, Ha-Haaa!", which was unavailable anywhere else until the 1996 Rhino CD [see below]) his 1966 LP of the same name on Warner Brothers 1661, reissued by Rhino as LP/cassette 816 in 1986 [out-of-print]
  • Dr. Demento's Delights, Warner Brothers LP BS 2855, 1975 (contains "Demented mix", which has the sirens panning from left to right across the stereo image, and has a few seconds of talking at the end) [out-of-print]
  • Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Vol. 4: the 1960's, Rhino LP/cassette 822, 1985 [LP out-of-print]
  • Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Novelty CD of All Time, Rhino 75768, 1988 [out-of-print]
  • Dr. Demento - 20th Anniversary Collection, Rhino CD/cassette 70743, 1991
  • Napoleon XIV: The Second Coming, Rhino CD 72402, 1996 (contains the entire contents of the original 1966 LP, plus 9 other selections, including the 1988 follow-up and the original backwards B-side [in stereo], even though the latter is not listed anywhere on the CD)
  • numerous other novely compilations

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