"The Whole “Being Dead” Thing" is a song from the stage musical adaptation of Beetlejuice. It features Beetlejuice introducing the show to the audience and the concept of death itself.

The song was performed by Beetlejuice's actor Alex Brightman and a chorus.


Hey, folks! Begging your pardon!
‘Scuse me! Sorry to barge in
Now let's skip the tears and start on the whole
Y'know, "being dead" thing

You're doomed! Enjoy the singing
The sword of Damocles is swinging
And if I hear your cell phone ringing
I'll kill you myself
The whole "being dead" thing!

Death can get a person stressed
"We should have carpe'd way more diems
Now we're never gonna see ‘em!"
I can show you what comes next
So don't be freaked
Stay in your seats
I do this bullshit, like, eight times a week
So just relax, you'll be fine
Drink your fifty-dollar wine
And take a breath!

Welcome to a show about death!

You're gonna be fine
On the other side
die! you're all gonna die!
You're all gonna die!

I'll be your guide
To the other side

Oh, and full disclosure: it's a show about death!

Everybody gets on fine here
Like Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein here
The women's bathroom has no line here
Just pee where you want
The whole being dead thing!

You're just gonna love the folks here
Yeah, I know you're woke, but you can take a joke here
And every show I do, like, a TON of coke here
The whole—
The whole being dead thing!

Nobody is bullet-proof
"I work out, I eat clean!"
Jesus, pass the Dramamine
Time to face the brutal truth: (Dies Illa)
‘Cause we're all on a hit list
Might not live ‘till Christmas
Choke to death on Triscuits
Hey, that's just statistics
So take a little break here
Kinda like a wake here
The scenery is fake here
But there's a giant snake here!

Welcome to a show about death!

You're gonna be fine—thank you!
On the other side—how you doin'?
Oh, not good!

I'll be your guide
To the other side
Seriously, though, this is a show about—

Death is taboo, but it's hardly something new
There's nothing medical professionals could do
‘cept maybe just bill you

[If you die while listening to this album, it's still gonna keep playing.]

There's no destiny or fate
Just a terrifying wait
Filled with people that you hate
And on a certain date, the Universe kills you!

That's the thing with life:
No one makes it out alive
Toss that body in the pit
"Gosh, it's awful, ain't it tragic?"
"Blah-blah, Bible, Jesus magic"
When you're dead, who gives a shit?
"No pilates, no more yoga!"
"Namaste", you freakin' posers

From the cradle to cremation (Dies Irae)
Death just needs a little conversation!
I have mastered the art (Dies Irae)
Of tearing convention apart (Dies Irae)

So, how about we all make a start (Dies Irae)
On the whole "being dead" thing!

God, I hope you're ready for a show about death!

Other Appearances

  • The song was featured on the show's soundtrack.
  • A variation of the song was performed during the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • The song was performed at the 2019 edition of the Tony Awards.
  • Another variation of the show was performed on live for the "Best of Broadway" section of The Today Show.





  • Some lyrics of the song are different depending of the context the song is being performed for (the stage show, the soundtrack, a performance for an special event) in order to fit better for the context the constant fourth wall breaking made by Beetlejuice.
  • At one part the chorus vocalizes the melody of the main titles theme from the original film.

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