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Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song

Bee-dubya-ell 23 Feb 03 - 09:59 PM
GUEST,Ray Bucknell 24 Feb 03 - 07:45 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 24 Feb 03 - 08:48 PM
Mark Cohen 25 Feb 03 - 12:15 AM
Troll 25 Feb 03 - 12:35 AM
GUEST,Ray Bucknell 25 Feb 03 - 11:16 AM
GUEST,Ray Bucknell 25 Feb 03 - 11:33 AM
GUEST,Guest 22 Nov 10 - 11:18 PM
GUEST,Parody Lover 22 Nov 12 - 06:45 PM
GUEST,999 23 Nov 12 - 04:51 PM
Waddon Pete 24 Nov 12 - 04:09 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 09:59 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a humorous song that may be sort of a long-shot.   

The gist of the song is this:

In an attempt to save money, the city of New York has combined its suicide hotline with the library system's information line. Potential suicides get recorded messages about library hours, poetry readings etc.

I heard it at a campground songswap at the Florida Folk Festival last May. It's basically a talking blues/accompanied recitation type thing. I don't know who wrote it, don't know the exact title, and don't even know the guy that was singing it. He may have written it, but I think I remember him creditting someone else. I know that Tom Lehrer did not write it, though it is in that Lehrer type of deadpan dark humor vein.

Any help would be appreciated.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,Ray Bucknell
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 07:45 PM

I think I've heard this song. It goes something like: if you're planning to shoot yourself, press 1. If you want to overdose on pills, press 2. If you're thinking of jumping from a window, press 3, etc. Is that the one you're thinking of? I heard it on Bob Sherman's "Woody's Children" radio show a couple of years ago, sung by a male singer-songwriter whose name I definitely can't recall. I do remember is being a very funny song, and you're right that it isn't Tom Lehrer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 08:48 PM

Thanks, Ray. That's the one. If nobody comes through here on the 'Cat I can email Bob Sherman & pick his brain for the singer/writer's name.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:15 AM

If you're planning on performing this song, you might think about whether there might be someone in the audience who lost a friend or relative to suicide. While I am a major proponent and promulgator of funny songs and parodies, I think there are some things that just aren't funny. I know there are differences of opinion...but that's mine.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: Troll
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:35 AM

Ditto, Mark. Being put on hold by the hotline is no laughing matter. It actually happened to a friend of mine. She survived That time.

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,Ray Bucknell
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:16 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,Ray Bucknell
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 11:33 AM

Please disregard that last aborted entry. With regard to the last two comments, nobody is implying that suicide is funny. The song is a satire, spoofing the fact that annoying voicemail and automated phone answering systems have become ubiquitous to the point that they could even appear on suicide hotlines. Of course that sounds lucidrous, but that's the point of the song!   As for people being sensitive to the subject, I lost a relative to suicide less than two years ago. Had he bothered to call a hotline he might still be alive, but he wasn't the type to do that.

    And I still think the song is very funny. You'd likely agree if you heard it.

                                       Ray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 22 Nov 10 - 11:18 PM

ZEROMANCER - DOCTOR ONLINE is this the song you where looking for?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,Parody Lover
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 06:45 PM

I think you are looking for Suicide Hotline by Mr. X's Briefcase which was played on the Dr Demento show.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 23 Nov 12 - 04:51 PM

It was played on 18 Dr Demento shows. Try accessing it at

http://www.madmusic.com/song_details.aspx?SongID=417

The site says ya have to be logged in to hear songs from shows. Three look like they may have the complete song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suicide Hotline Song
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 04:09 PM

They played this a couple of times on WFDU Traditions. You could search the playlists or ask the presenters.

Best wishes,

Peter


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