Bought the Farm

Posted by Jim on January 11, 2002 at

In Reply to: Bought the Farm posted by TheUnlurker on January 11, 2002

: : I don't much like Phrase Finder's explanation about going to a better place. Several years ago I read an explanation that also involved WW2. However, the gist was that the British government used to pay farmers for damages whenever a military plane crashed in their fields. Thus, when a plane went down, the unfortunate pilot "bought the farm."

: Forgive my sudden and off-topic unlurking, but I once spontaneously wrote a line (in a song) to describe someone driven to the edge of sanity by their abject loneliness:
: "If I don't get me some lovin' done,
: I'm gonna buy me the funny farm".

: Can't help but wonder if I stole it...

Possibly you heard the following while slumbering. The nightmare you cannot recall, but motivates your every waking moment:

They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa
from: Dr. Demento's Delights
Warner Bros. 1975 BS 2855 0698

Verse 1:
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, hee-hee, 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, ha-haaa!!!!!

Verse 2:
You thought it was a joke and so you laughed, you laughed when I had said
that loosing you would make me flip my lid.. RIGHT???
I 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, hee-hee, 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!!!

.... There is more, but I'm feeling merciful