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Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great to Be Crazy!

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This song makes fun of a serious topic that is often not well understood—mental health. Scientists are learning a lot about the brain and about our mental health. They are studying how the brain works to control thoughts, memory, movement, and much more. Check out a picture to see what different parts of the brain do.
The National Institute of Mental Health provides a comprehensive collection of multimedia resources and inquiry‐based activities  that help teachers and students learn about the structure, function and cognitive aspects of the human brain. The packet includes a teacher's manual, student manual, DVD of videos, and a CDROM of accompanying materials.
The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness. It has resources and information on many conditions that may affect children and adolescents , including autism, anxiety disorders, and depression.

A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a tombstone shooting dice,
The horse he slipped and fell on the flea,
"Whoops," said the flea, "there's a horse on me!"

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through, [some say "Silly and foolish..."]
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

There was an old doctor and his name was Peck.
Fell down the well and broke his neck
Served him right, he was doing wrong.
Should have tended to the sick, and let the well alone.

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Way down South where bananas grow,
An ant stepped on an elephant's toe,
The elephant cried with tears in his eyes,
"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?"

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Way up North where there's ice and snow,
There lived a penguin and his name was Joe,
He got so tired of black and white,
He wore pink slacks to the dance last night!

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Eli, Eli, he sells socks,
a dollar a pair, a nickel a box
The longer you wear them
the shorter they get.
Throw'em in the water
and they don't get wet.

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Late last night, I had a real strange dream,
Ate a nine-pound marshmallow my mom gave me,
When I woke up, I knew somethin' was wrong,
I looked around and saw my pillow was gone.

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy,
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?