Have I Mentioned We're All Dead Here?

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Sometimes, you just can't catch a break. You see ghosts everywhere. No one knows how to help you. And then it turns out that your psychiatrist is dead too...

The first time I sang this one in public, I was informed that I was really creepy when I went all cheerful. I expect that's more or less accurate.

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Have I Mentioned We're All Dead Here?

Welcome to our session. I trust that our clinicians
Have helped you grow accustomed to our institution. Anyway,
It must be quite disturbing to be seeing apparitions,
But I'm sure we can work through this, and you're going to be okay.
I know you've said your memories of recent times are hazy;
You've been overwhelmed by ghosts and don't know what to do or where to go.
Don't worry; I assure you, sir, that you are far from crazy,
And we shall make real progress. But for starters, you should know:

Have I mentioned we're all dead here,
Which must be quite a shock to you?
I think it's pretty great
You have realised way too late
That it is likely you are going to die here too.

So tell me of your mother; I expect she's overbearing.
Your father's rather distant, and you often feel that you're alone.
Your visions are the product of your mother's stifling caring
And your father's need to force you out to make it on your own.
You long for their approval, but the contradiction's causing
You to dissociate and let your mind create a fantasy,
And thus we get your ghosts—I'm sorry, would you mind us pausing?
The poltergeists are acting up in visiting room three.

Have I mentioned we're all dead here,
Which must be quite a shock to you?
I think it's pretty great
You have realised way too late
That it is likely you are going to die here too.

If you can come to terms with your own morbid disposition,
Which prompts you to reject advice and causes you to see the dead,
You may find you're improving, quite of your own volition.
Ideally, you'll develop telepathy instead.
Our hour's up, but I'd say we've established a connection.
It can't be easy for you just to open up; that's quite all right.
Now, if you will excuse me, I find I've a predilection
To rend your soul in twain while wreaking terror in the night.

Have I mentioned we're all dead here,
Which must be quite a shock to you?
I think it's pretty great
You have realised way too late
That it is likely you are going to die here too.

Have I mentioned we're all dead here,
Which must be quite a shock to you?
I think it's pretty great
You have realised way too late
That it is likely you are going to die here too.

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from Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off, released April 30, 2013
Written and performed by Kari Maaren.

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Kari Maaren Toronto, Ontario

Kari Maaren is a Toronto musician who plays geeky ukulele songs about monsters and superheroes. She isn't sure why, but it amuses her, so that's all right.

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