I happened across this song today, which took me back to my childhood and the oh-so-bummer 1970s (maybe that's why my personality is so bearish……) It's amazing that a song like this was actually a hit. I guess it speaks to the social mood of the times.
Incredibly, the artist lightened up the lyrics to make them less suicide-inducing. ("Jacks' revisions tended to add a bit of ambiguity as to the nature of the storyteller's demise, allowing listeners the option to choose whether the death is from suicide over a failed life – quite possibly to escape drug addiction – or someone accepting death from natural causes, or cancer. References to a cheating wife were also removed.")