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...