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By Mike Sunderland
Thoughts from a Grey-Haired Point of View 

Do I Live in a Split Level Head?


March 31, 2021

For those who do not recognize the reference in the title, it is taken from a song by Napoleon XIV, the pseudonym of Jerry Samuels, who had a one-hit wonder in 1966 with his novelty song, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!”

His nom de plume, for his series of mental illness songs was a play on the names of Napoleon I and King Louis XIV. Samuels used these songs to make some humorous, yet astute observations about life in the 1960s and beyond.

The second stanza of the song should be a familiar refrain to many today, and is an unspoken, mantra to many:

“I do what I want to; no...

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