Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bipolar Lyrics 3

One important aspect of healing that is often overlooked is laughter. Perhaps Norman Cousins said it best when he wrote, "Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without ever having to go outdoors."

One of my favorite activities--that makes me laugh--is writing lyrics to songs, and playing them on my guitar or Autoharp. The following lyrics are from My Favorite Things, from one of my favorite films, the Sound of Music (music and lyrics are by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II). You can find the "real" lyrics and music on this National Institutes of Health site devoted to music for kids.

These Darn Side Effects
(My Favorite Things)

Dry mouth and nausea, sweating and rashes,
Heart palpitations, hair loss with hot flashes.
Cognitive mem'ry loss, flatulence too,
I hate these side effects, really I do.

Increased urination, headaches and confusion,
Drowsiness, lethargy, tremors, delusions.
Sleeplessness, dizziness, blurred vision too,
I hate these side effects, really I do.

Anxiety, slurred speech, increased agitation,
Nervousness, restlessness, and constipation.
Changes in appetite and sex drive too,
I hate these side effects, really I do.

When I’m happy, but not manic,
When I’m free from pain,
I always remember these darn side effects,
And wish I were well again.


Bradley said...

Hi Susan

I love the song. I could relate in so many ways. I was searching around and stumbled on your site and enjoy. I will become a regular reader I'm sure. If you get a chance, take a look at mine too and let me know what you think.


Bipolar Wellness Writer said...

Dear Brad,
Thanks for dropping by! Welcome! I dropped by your site and left a comment. I love the cartoons!


Duane Sherry said...


I graduated from a public high school in Texas. This was back when the public schools allowed clergy to speak to graduating classes.

I remember preparing myself for the speech that was to be made by a local parish priest - and hoped it would be a benediction, along with some words that would be words to live by.....

I waited in anticipation for the address to our gradutating class.....The priest took front and center, and proceeded to give his words of wisdom.....

"The best advice I can give each of you is not to take yourselves too seriously - enjoy this life, and remember the importance of humor...."

I never felt so cheated....deeply dissapointed.....

A dozen or so years later I found this priest - it took some effort (before the days of the internet) to find him.....He had moved to Louisiana.....

I sent him a letter - told him about the speech he had I had never forgotten it.....

And explained it had saved my life.....more than once.