They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!  

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"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" is a 1966 novelty record by Jerry Samuels, recorded under the name Napoleon XIV. Released on Warner Bros. Records, the song became an instant success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 popular music singles chart on 13 August and reaching #4 on the UK Singles Chart.

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The lyrics describe the effect on the mental health of an individual after a break-up. His paranoid thinking makes him believe that he is about to be transported to the "funny farm" (referring to a mental hospital), and he welcomes them as an end to his misery. The main character seems to be addressing an ex-girlfriend or wife, and describes his descent into madness after she has left him. However, the last verse of the song finishes: "They'll find you yet and when they do, they'll put you in the ASPCA, you mangy mutt", which was intended to imply that the singer is actually referring to a runaway dog.




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