Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
Rolling Stones - Love in Vain
Beatles - While my Guitar Gently Weeps
Not that I expect such a thing at my funeral, but I attended a really uplifting funeral (strange to say but it was) this year after a wonderful elderly aunt of mine passed away. Despite coming from a pakeha background, she had a number of maori grandsons-in-law and quite a number of maori great grandsons. Anyway, as the hearse was pulling out of the funeral chapel, the boys gave their Nanna Peg a rousing haka that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and sent a chill down the spine. It was an amazing send off to an amazing woman.
Can you believe that most refugees settled through the Mangere Refugee Centre in the past few years received T shirts and sweatshirts made by my Aunt Peg? A project taken on voluntarily in her 80s to welcome new New Zealanders to the country.
What a fine Aunt, Lindsay. So glad she had a lovely send-off.
Always look on the bright side of life - Monty Python
A song that encapsulates a lot of how I look and at life and is one of my favourites so manages to be veyr germaine whilst also too too appropriate "Goin' Underground" -The Jam.
I have stayed true to one song: Caribou by the Pixies
a fitting and beautiful lament
or just the call of the wild
I just hope my family remember that's what I want ;-)
"Young wings can fly" by Johnny and the Attractions.
And they can play "Should I stay or should I go" by the Clash as they carry me out...
sympathy for the devil
Whilst working as a pall-bearer in the UK last year (I prefer the NZ way with families/friends doing it but I needed the dosh) I was told by the regulars in the top hats that the theme from The Great Escape is a popular choice.
My cheesy choice would be Albatross by Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green would have 'em blubbing.
The WTF choice is The Dogs & The Horses from The Divine Comedy. Over the top, campish, melodramatic and yet somehow moving if you want.
"So the only thing to feel sad about is all the dogs and the horses you'll have to outlive
They'll be with you when you say goodbye"
More seriously, a fantastic young man died here recently. The service was packed and the mood was sombre. On came Singing in my Soul by Fly My Pretties. Hundreds of eyes gushed out tears but the way the music lifted everyone at the same time was a sublime experience. To paraphrase Plato, music finds its way into the secret places of the soul.
Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa
Shine on you crazy diamond
Ramones, I wanna be sedated
Cake, I will survive
and Im amazed no-ones added Bowies, Major Tom
Do You Realise by the Flaming Lips is good but I'd go Feeling yourself Disintegrate." but life without death, is just impossible, oh to realise something is ending within us....feeling yourself disintegrate" For someone who's not religious it fits in nicely. Once you're dead, that's it, you're fertilizer mate.
Maybe something ambient. Brian Enos Becalmed would be nice.
Or just to scare away the very few people who would bother their arses to see me off something like John Cales version of Heartbreak Hotel or the White Stripes Hardest Button To Button at ear splitting volume to piss off everybody I didn't piss off in life.
I reckon I'd let my firends and family choose.
Afterall, they'll be the ones listening to it - not me.
I can't help thinking of the excruciating funeral scene in Love Actually reading some of the cheerier numbers in this topic :-)
The obvious choice for the fan boys and girls amongst us is Shore/Walsh/Lennox's Into the West. Not the Yulia version.
I would have to choose Rossini's William Tell Overture. More for the looks on the punters' faces than the tune.
I'm quite fond of Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah.
Though Tom Traubert's Blues by Tom Waits would have to be up for consideration.
"asylum escape songs" by Renee Louise Carafice
Being a friend of Renee from way back in the day, I'm pretty sure she'd be tickled pink by that.
The Joker- Steve Miller Band
Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah for me too...followed by the Chilli's version of Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground...
"Phuck U Symphony" - Millie Jackson, my friends would get the joke.
Hope There's Someone - Antony & the Johnsons, because Antony Hegarty should be played at all funerals.
"You are my light house"... By Amity Dry
great song and it really hits home when you sit and lisiten to it
you are my light house, leading me home ..........
The Strokes - Ask Me Anything. Just to be nihilistic cause, you know, I'm angsty.
I'm going the short route so will naturally have 'All Fired Up' by Pat Benatar. Sort of fits the purpose, really!
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)...
It's not so much the lyrics but the feeling that the song evokes.
Or Interpol - Untitled...
Gee now I just can't decide...
'Going Underground' by The Jam!!!