Now don’t start panicking, I’m not delivering a prophecy, I don't mean to scare you, and I don’t mean right this moment. But one of the few things you can be sure of about life, is that sooner or later, it’s going to end.
It might sound morbid, and I don’t quite remember how it came up, but at several times in the past friends and I have discussed exactly which song it is that we the deceased would choose to have played at our funeral, our funeral song of choice, and the last song we’ll ever get to choose.
There are popular funeral songs doing the circuit, modern day classics that get played over and over as widows weep and children cry, as big men struggle to hold back tears and priests chant last rites to the sombre tune of, whatever.
You have to assume that these popular ‘favorites’ were not chosen by the deceased, but are ‘stock’ choices chosen by those left behind in a bid to set the tone. Songs like ‘Candle in the wind’ by Elton John and ‘My heart will go on’ by Celin Dion from the Titanic soundtrack. I don’t know about you, but if somebody tries to lay my body down to the Titanic movie soundtrack I’ll be coming back from the dead to slap them upside the head.
It’s important to choose your own funeral song.
There are many ways you could handle the selection of your funeral song, the most obvious of which is to choose a song that was in some way meaningful to you whilst you were alive, a song that touched you in some way, or a song that you feel in some way sums up the overall meaning of your previous existence.
You could choose a song to give your mourners one final laugh, after all it’s a party in your honor, and the fact that your not invited shouldn’t necessarily put a dampener on proceedings.
You could choose a song that was special to you and a loved one, an ‘our song’ kind of moment, shared for one last time.
Or if you were so inclined you could choose a song that demonstrated just how miserable and alone you’d felt in your final days, that hinted at how nobody at the funeral had been there for you, dealing one final blow from beyond the grave.
To name but a few.
So my friends and I have chosen our funeral songs, and then re-chosen again, but as I’ve forgotten theirs in the years that have passed since we played that game no doubt they’ve forgotten mine also, which is why I’m going to record it here, and encourage them to do the same.
And if you have absolutely no wish whatsoever to be buried or burnt to the tune of ‘Bridge over troubled waters’ by Simon and Garfunkel than feel free to post yours in the comments section below also, and send the link to a good friend who’ll know what to do when the time comes.
If you don’t already have your funeral song all picked out, then take a little time now to think about it, choose wisely, because it’ll be your final influence on this world, and a strong part of the final memory, that once was you.
And in case you were wondering what my choice was, it’s 'Le Voyage De Pénélope' by Air, stoke up the fires boys, I’m coming home.
Popular funeral songs inlcude:
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life- Eric Idle
Angels - Robbie Williams
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Everybody Hurts - R.E.M
Gone Too Soon - Michael Jackson
Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt
Imagine - John Lennon
Mad World - Gary Jules
My Way - Frank Sinatra