"Life Is Killing Me" is the title track of the Type O Negative album Life Is Killing Me, released in 2003. It begins with the sound of emergency room and ambulance siren before getting into keyboard-laden riff, then a gentle womanly choir followed by thunderous chorus. The song talks about Pete's criticism of medical profession and about wanting to die rather than being treated.
The self-title track is the second single released from the album.
Like a Jew in ancient Spain And for Christ's name did pay with pain Modern day inquisition What is the link between these crafts? Doctors and thieves, they both wear masks Overpaid meat magicians Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me Your doctorate and Ph.D. Would wipe my ass etched in feces Will not cure your affliction Doctors Jeckyll or Mengele And your face too, they're just a blur Can't improve my condition Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me Appointment made, waited three hours Did not realize you had such power I'd rather see a mortician Your parents saved or had the bucks Your education stems from luck Future corpse: death by physician I have no choice: devoid of rights So pull the plug, it's my damned life Keep me alive to increase your bill A Red Cross hell? - the hospital! Just let me die with dignity It's not suicide, simply mercy Just who do you think you are? Medical school don't make you God Now I don't care what you've been taught Just get me off this life support Just let me die, with dignity It's not suicide, simply mercy Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me I said life is killing me Life is killing me I said life is killing me Life is killing me Life is killing me
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- Band performers
- Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass, additional guitar and keyboards
- Josh Silver – keyboards, effects, backing vocals
- Kenny Hickey – guitar, backing vocals
- Johnny Kelly – drums
- Additional performer
- The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir – choir
- Written by Peter Steele
- Engineered by Josh Silver and Mike Marciano
- Mixed by Josh Silver, Peter Steele and Mike Marciano
- Mastered by George Marino
- Produced by Josh Silver and Peter Steele