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Friday Fun: Your Last Song

So, what song would you want played at your funeral?

I'm not going to be having a funeral, but I think Denis Leary's I'm An Asshole would be nice as background music for my memorial service.


"...and I like to drive SLOW in the ultra-fast lane while the drivers beHIND me are going insane!..."

Yeah, I can see that. I'm still sticking with Green Day - F.O.D. as my favorite mood music, tho.

Hamster Dance. Talk about awkward glances from people who would be saying to themselves (WTF is this crap???). :-)

I'm going for the cry-your-heart-out schmaltz. Only the Heart May Know by Dan Fogelberg (Yeah, I'm old, what's your point).

Ah, the last guilt trip I'll give the kids!

/joking, alright? I just like the song.

Imperial Keeper

"Faith of our Fathers" at the funeral.

Dennis Leary's "Traditional Irish Folk Song" at the wake.

I've always been fond of "Enjoy Yourself" (lyrics here).

touched by vast - complete with a sword battle renactment. that would be awesome.

I want to be stuffed,standing there smiling,with "just One Victory: by Todd on an endless loop.Or maybe "You Broke My Mood Ring" by Root Boy Slim,I'm not sure yet.

Nice choice, Clara. I think I'll upload that song as part of tonight's Friday Five.

"I started a joke" preferably the Faith No More version :)

"I finally died, which started the whole world living" those are lyrics that would inspire everybody attending my funeral to live better lives...

I'll be playing my own rendition of "I'm Too Sexy": "I'm too sexy for this funeral, too sexy for this funeral, no way I'm disco daanncinggg!" I'll be Right Said Dead.

I've gone out of my way to make SURE my wife knows, if anything happens to me, it's Metallica's (Cliff Burton's) Orion, from beginning to end, at my funeral.


A little Tom Waitt, a little Leon Redbone, a little BoDeans, a little Marshall Crenshaw.

At the end of the memorial there's to be a large table of cream pies wheeled into the hall and my wife, daughter and son are to start a very large pie fight.

Just to freak people out, AC/DC "Highway to Hell"

Wow, other people have heard of Vast, YAY!

I would say Nirvana's "Lake of Fire" but it is so Overplayed. So I think I'd have to go with Frank Sinatra's version of "It was a very good year."

Not a funeral, but a co-worker was talking yesterday about a wedding where they played the theme to "Sanford and Son" as the bride and groom and wedding party were walking out. What's that, the recessional?

Anyhoo, I guess I'd want them to play Warren Zevon's "Keep Me In Your Heart For A While", so that it could continue to be all about me for a little longer.

My father has specifically requested of our family that AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" be played at his wake, which I think is pretty cool.

Myself, I think the Nick Cave version of Bob Dylan's "Death is Not The End" would be pretty boss, with Blixa Bargeld hissing his way through his verse, Shane McGowan slurring his way through his, and Kylie Minogue chirping her way through hers. Such a beautiful sentiment that song contains, kind of "death is not the end, better things await you afterwards," and yet in Nick Cave's hands it comes off more like "death is not the end... OF YOUR PAIN!"

Yeah. That'd be f***in' sweet. And follow it up with The Birthday Party's "Pow, Pow, Pow." F***in' sweet.

Well, that, or "Can The Circle Be Unbroken," the Carter Family version.


Any Colour you Like - Pink Floyd

Freakishly enough, my beau and I were juuuust talking about this the other night. He wants Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game"...me, I don't care so much, but Bridge Over Troubled Water has been a lifelong favorite, so I suppose that would be a good one.

My plan involves music and Reality TV.

1) Have wake with open bar
2) 1 hour in to the wake, the executor of my estate makes an announcement:

"The deceased has made a provision in his will - it's this: the last person to remain in this room will win $50,000 which will be paid from his life insurance proceeds.

One condition:
You may not pee while in this room.


3) Reopen the bar.
4) Play Mike Oldfield's "Ommadawn" until there's a winner.

Who's going to say the f-word? I will: "Freebird!"

Hmmm, I think, at this moment, it would have to be Dream Theater's "The Spirit Carries On".

I am such a plebe, but the instrumental reprise thing from the end of Layla.

None of the lyrics, though, because that would make no sense, but the piano/guitar bit at the end almost makes me weep sober.

I'm thinking Alice Cooper's "I Love the Dead."

No, not really.

Abba's "Winner Takes it All?"


Ah. Got it.

Free Bird.

[running and ducking]

For me, it's U2 all the way. Grace should be played during the offertory/consecration part of the mass. The recessional should be Where the Streets Have No Name. One Tree Hill is also good, but I'm not sure where it would fit.

My husband, an agnostic, fully realizes he's going to wind up having church funeral, even though it goes against the grain. As such, he has requested that if he dies first, that the service is to last no more than thirty minutes and I have a choice of either Hell's Bells by AC/DC or Wherever I May Roam to play for the recessional. He would prefer Hells Bells but he realizes I might not be able to get away with it, so he's given me a less offensive option to work with.

Either one, really, would tweak the powers that be enough for the husband's eternal enjoyment.

A Dixieland band playing "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Mercy Street, but Great Balls of Fire would probably be more fitting.

My family has instructions to play Wish You Were Here.

The people I care about will get it and smile. The rest will recoil with horror.

Damn shame I won't be around to watch.

"This is the End" by the Doors would be a nice little pick-me-up for a funeral.

hmmm... tough one.

"Fuck You" or "Elimination" by Overkill.. probably "Elimination" - Last one out closes the coffin door!!!" in that sneer-snarl.

"Saying Goodbye Again" by Rollins Band


"Shadow Of Deth" and "Sweating Bullets" by Megadeth.

'They All Laughed' by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerals.

"They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round,
Buuuuuuuuut, oh, ho-ho,
Who's got the last laugh now?"

*Ella Fitzgerald

"My head hurts, my feet stink, and I don't love Jesus"

My wife has promised me a Viking-style funeral. If she can pull it off, I've insisted she hire an archer to light me up with a flaming arrow.

I think "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen would be appropriate.

"See you In Hell, Blind Boy" by Ry Cooder.

There ain't no lyrics, so I'll be the only one in on the joke. Um...maybe not.

"Another one bites the dust" Queen

More appropriately, the theme to "Benny Hill".

I'm going the traditional route for the funeral, Amazing Grace on the Bagpipes. Now the wake afterwards is another story entirely. I've got an agreement with my brother and best friend to make sure that if I go before them they have my wake at Roxy's stripclub - dances on me (money being no object when I'm dead).

Yeah, I'll be sappy: My Way

My Way - Frank Sinatra

Hoedown followed by Karn Evil 9, First Impression and closed by Fanfare for the Common Man.. all by ELP

Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends...

My Way, Sid Vicious, on slightly warped vinyl.

and maybe a pinata....

"Alive and Kicking" by the Simple Minds.

Tomn Waits "Underground"

I think "Kiss my Irish Ass," by Great Big Sea would be worthwhile.

One song that has great personal meaning for me is "Wish You Were Here" but I'm not so sure about playing that one....

What impresses me is how many of you have made such elaborate plans. Guess I should get off my procrastinating butt and start thinking seriously about this since I am staring down the big 5-0 in a few days....

"The Lost Chord" by Ad­e­laide A. Proc­ter and Ar­thur Sullivan.

Not so seriously:

"Amazing Grace" sung to the "Gilligan's Island" theme. (I'm not a fan of AG because I think it's overdone.)

Roy Rogers' theme, "Happy Trails to You".

"I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, You".

Rush's "Roll the Bones". Ideally with the video of the giant CGI skeleton.

My. Either it's my age or I'm very old fashioned; "The Navy Hymn" (officially, "Eternal Father") with the Marine and family verses added, and those for any other services present.

i'm not big on funerals, but i guess if i had to pick a song, it'd be Oingo Boingo's "Goodbye, goodbye" (it's at the end of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High").

unless i die in a gasoline fight, in which case i'd pick "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".

Off He Goes by Pearl Jam

How could this even be a question? Obviously, the only appropriate song for a funeral is: "From This Day Forward I'll Burn in Hell" by Beasthouse.

theme to MAhogany (a movie you 35ers or less wouldn't probably know), song is: do you know where you're going to? great for the agnostics among us!

My wry sense of humor says the theme song from The Jeffersons: "We're movin' on up to the East side... to a deluxe apartment in the sky."

My more sentimental side says "I'll be Seeing You."

"Funeral for a Friend" by Elton John, fading into the "Soon" section of "The Gates Of Delerium" by Yes.
Or I settle for ELP's "Jerusalem".

I'd probably go with something out of the Joy Division catalogue. "Atrocity Exhibition" probbaly.

"This is the way, step inside..."

Although PiL's "Disappointed" is a fucking classic choice.

And who could rule out "Last Cup of Sorrow"? Or "Unsung"? Or "Bela Lugosi's Dead"? Or shit, if it matched how I went out, "O'Malley's Bar."

Man. I better get on the stick on this one. Or at least plan on not getting hit by a bus.

How about "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" by Fairport Convention? There won't be a dry eye in the house.

Not Fade Away (any version).

I don't know if it's true or not, but my favorite story about funeral music involved Peter Sellars. As his pallbearers were carrying his dead self away, they all started cracking up. Why? Because "In the Mood" was playing, and all his good friends knew how much he absolutely HATED that song.

So I want Taco's version of "Puttin' on the Ritz" to play at my funeral.

"Gotta dance! Got. Ta. Dance." Suffer, pulse-bearing grievers!

Well, "Wall of Death" by Richard and Linda Thompson would probably be in bad taste but I'd love it.

But chalk up another vote for AC/DC. "Have a Drink on Me" would have to be the first song at my wake.

Dr. Phunk,

"Kiss My Irish Ass" was written by Frank Mackey and recorded by The Keltic Cowboys of Phoenix, Arizona. It has never been recorded by Great Big Sea, or anyone else for that matter. If you have a downloaded copy labelsed as GBS it is a mistake.

You can visit the Keltic Cowboys site at: http://kelticcowboys.com/

Just clarifying ;)