For me - Johnny Cash with 'I Fell in to a Burning Ring of Fire'
As a relic of the 60s & 70s;
"For a Dancer", Jackson Browne;
"Just do the steps that youve been shown
By everyone youve ever known
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Anothers steps have grown
In the end there is one dance youll do alone"
or "Ripple", Grateful Dead;
"There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.
Ripple in still water,
When there is no pebble tossed,
Nor wind to blow."
A certain thematic resemblance here..
The "straitjacket fits" topic elsewhere has crept up on and overtaken this garden of funereal delights. Goths and Emos everywhere will be saddened by that.
I have added The Dandy Warhols' "Dick" on rotation midway through my service.
I heard of a guy who had 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' play at his funeral. I kind of liked it.
i see a darkness , johnny cash & bonie prince billy
My mother insisted on...and got...The Goons Ying-Tong song played at her funeral....confused a few of those in attendance!!!
Perhaps 'Can't you hear me knockin' or if it was gender non-specific
'Ding Dong the witch is dead' from the Wizard of Oz
My mother insisted on...and got...The Goons Ying-Tong song played at her funeral.
That's brilliant! She must have been an extraordinary character.
My vote is for Spooky - The 3d's.
I couldn't even feel you breathe
I think it's time to leave
Might be a bit literal but it's such a beautiful song.
My ex wife wants "in the Mood", played very badly, on a trumpet!
Moi?......"Angel of Death"...by Slayer.....
Funeral ceremonies being what they are, even “Louie Louie” would get someone blubbing so definitely go for the lighter touch as a rule.
A lengthy wake might be satisfying too. The bereaved could thus enjoy the entire contents of the departed ones ipod.
Oh, I had this all worked out when I was 14. Everyone was to drink rum & CokeTM, wear grey and pink and listen to some rocking Elton John. Sadly, I still have the written evidence.
Now that I am much more... erm...sophisticated it will be margaritas ahoy, wall to wall grey and black and Parliament's "Flashlight".
"Now, I lay me down to sleep
Ooh, I just can't find a beat
Flash light (ohh, I will never dance!)"
Coz it'd be pretty hard not to tap your feet to that one. Feel the guilt - you're supposed to be grieving you bastards!
In my defence, my fave line is actually the profound and encouraging: "Everybody's got a little light under the sun..."
This had me and her in fits of giggles…
Stranglers – No More Heroes (pretentious)
Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes (even worse)
Primal Scream – Loaded (Cheesy)
Stranglers – Hanging around (nobody would get the joke)
Wilson Pickett – I found a love (bit gospel)
The Jam – The place I love (gushy)
Captain Sensible – Happy talking (oh dear)
Hoodoo Gurus – What I like (mmmmm)
The Banana Splits Theme – All right !
Depending on the way I died, I would probably request Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" or possibly their cover of Maggies Farm, something ironically brilliant in imagining a somber affair covered by Zack screaming "No I aint gunna work on Maggies farm no more!".
I'd like to go with TrinityRoots' - Little Things. It'd be a nice way to remember a life...
"Will the Last One to Leave Please Turn Out the Enlightenment" - TISM
It'd be like blowing a complete raspberry at a solemn occasion.
too sad, but - Radiohead - No more laughs and no surprises.
i want them to CRY
Crying's important. Preferably uncontrollably, and en masse. So:
Don McGlashan, This is London; Anchor Me
Dave Dobbyn, Beside You; Song of the Years (from Baxter)
Actually, thinking about it, just the last. Here's the verse (James K):
When from my mother's womb I came
Disputandum was my name
Weeping hoping threatening
Beyond myself I had no king
I drew in with each hour's breath
The grey dust of the second death
When my childhood days were spent
To Venus I grew suppliant
Little tremors woke and died
Within the mountain of my pride
Singing on the gallows cart
Created beauty held my heart
The aardvark and the onager
Were stabled at my sepulchre
In that deep den the King of bliss
Broke my heart and have me His
'This for your doom and penance take
Be merry always for My sake'
He gave me a white stone to bear
With my true name written there
Without end I will say
Laus tibi, Domine!
Someone needs to remind me, when time comes.
And guess what: the track itself is streamable here
Maybe I could just have a wireless link from my coffin.
I'm up for it. If I don't die first, of course. Maybe i could record it for you. Or maybe it's another Peter Sledmere....
Then I'd get Peter Sledmere to recite the whole of 2 Out of Three Ain't Bad, and then the choir comes in with Libera Me from Faure's Requiem. Go from the ridiculous to the sublime, I say
Sorry, I forgot to put the quote inthe last post. Might make sense now.
Might make sense now
There can only be one The Ying Tong song to see a bunch of friends trying to keep a straight face would be worth dying for. ;-)
The hole of the moon- The Waterboys
Sprout and the bean or The book of right-On-Joanna Newsom
Elvis Presley blues - Gillian Welsh
Gah! No, no, no! Steve B, all my mates & a lot of family know all the words to the Ying Tong Song - and their falsettos are *really bad*-