"Suicide Is Painless" is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Michael Altman (lyrics) for the film M*A*S*H. In addition to being performed by. is a song written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman, the year-old son of Robert Altman. It became famous as the theme song of the MASH movie and. Thumbnail for M*A*S*H theme song. M*A*S*H theme song · Thumbnail for The M*a*s*h March · Thumbnail for Johnny Mandel - Suicide Is Painless . Thumbnail for M*A*S*H theme song Thumbnail for Johnny Mandel - Suicide Is Painless (Audio) Thumbnail for Suicide Is Painless (M.A.S.H). MASH The sword of time will pierce our skins. It doesn't hurt when it begins. But as it works its way on in. The pain grows stronger watch it grin, but. Mandel to write the song for the “Last Supper” tableau involving the surgeons planning the ostensible suicide of the camp dentist. The director. Duke and Hawkeye Arrive at M*A*S*H. 2. PREVIEW. The Operating Theater. 3. PREVIEW. Major Houlihan and Major Burns. The song Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) was written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman and was first released by The Mash in Suicide Is Painless, a Single by The MASH / Johnny Mandel. Released in on Columbia (catalog no. 4S; Vinyl 7"). Duke And Hawkeye Arrive At M.A.S.H. 3. The Operating Theater 4. Major Houlihan And Major Burns. Side B. 1. Painless' Suicide, Funeral And Resurrection 2.