Bad Things Happen – a Protest Song

By James and the Disorders

Inspired by a quote from Professor John Read, with tongue firmly in cheek, this is my anti disorder, anti diagnosis protest song: Bad Things Happen. Please don’t listen if you are easily offended and not in front of youngsters, this song contains the F word….a lot! Also, while I know my way around instruments, my singing voice is rubbish. So here it is and thanks to Jo  Watson for the encouragement and John Read for the inspiration.

Lyrics:

My brain isn’t broken, my mind is not confused
Suffering is human, drugs don’t improve mood
Don’t want your diagnosis
Don’t need a label
Don’t need the DSM
Sitting on my kitchen table
I don’t think its wrong
Feeling down and blue
But I do find suspicious
The cash your drugs accrue
Your diagnosing checklist
Well it seems so arbitrary
The way you lock us up is nothing short of scary

Bad things happen and they f*%k you up
If you’re searching in a textbook, you’re completely out of luck
Bad things happen and they f*%k you up
This is the reality, better listen up

So my chemicals aren’t balanced
Or my genes are out of whack
I don’t believe you know the truth
Aren’t you just a quack?
Where is your evidence
And the facts that we seek
We’re telling you it’s not ok
And we will not be meek
You have damaged so many
Based completely on a myth
You have profited from pain
But when accused you take the fifth
Diagnosed, drugged and bound
You probably think we’re through
But we are rising up in protest
And we will get the truth from you

Bad things happen and they f*%k you up
Keep on adding your disorders, but you’re gonna end up stuck
Bad things happen and they f*%k you up
This is our reality, better listen up

Bad things happen
And they f*%k you up
Bad things happen
And they f*%k you up
Bad things happen
And they f*%k you up
Bad things happen

But you f*%ked up