Monday, April 30, 2007

A Funeral Tango

According to the East London and West Essex Guardian, I'm not sure if there really is a paper called that, but there ought to be, Elton John is the artists whose records are the most popular at funerals. This was discovered in a survey by Redbridge Age Concern Funeral Plans, which helps people plan for their funerals by offering a choice of traditional funeral arrangements through approved funeral directors. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley were runners up. Presumably Elton's 'I'm Still Standing' isn't one of the choices, maybe ‘Funeral For A Friend’?. I bet Sinatra's 'My Way' is more popular than 'Come Fly With Me' and Elvis, what would we pick from the King’s vast catalogue of songs? 'Promised Land', or 'Long Black Limousine' or maybe even 'Crying in the Chapel.'

I've decided long ago that I would have the Beach Boys, no surprise there according to my wife, and 'Til I Die'

I'm a cork on the ocean
Floating over the raging sea
How deep is the ocean?
How deep is the ocean?
I lost my way
Hey hey hey

I'm a rock in a landslide
Rolling over the mountainside
How deep is the valley?
How deep is the valley?
It kills my soul
Hey hey hey

I'm a leaf on a windy day
Pretty soon I'll be blown away
How long will the wind blow?
How long will the wind blow?

Until I die
Until I die
These things I'll be until I die

4 comments:

David Ross said...

Bjork for me.............


it's. oh. so quiet
it's oh. so still
you're all alone
and so peaceful until...

you fall in love
zing boom
the sky up above
zing boom
is caving in
wow bam
you've never been so nuts about a gal
you wanna laugh you wanna cry
you cross your heart and hope to die

'til it's over and then
it's nice and quiet
but soon again
starts another big riot

you blow a fuse
zing boom
the devil cuts loose
zing boom
so what's the use
wow bam
of falling in love

it's. oh. so quiet
it's. oh. so still
you're all alone
and so peaceful until...

you ring the bell
bim bam
you shout and you yell
hi ho ho
you broke the spell
gee. this is swell you almost have a fit
this guy is 'gorge' and i got hit
there's no mistake this is it

'til it's over and then
it's nice and quiet
but soon again
starts another big riot

you blow a fuse
zing boom
the devil cuts loose
zing boom
so what's the use
wow bam
of falling in love

the sky caves in
the devil cuts loose
you blow blow blow blow blow your fuse
when you've fallen in love

ssshhhhhh...

r morris said...

I'd go with Dylan's 'Forever Young' and Beatles 'Long and Winding Road', plus a few Christian hymns like Amazing Grace.

PAULB said...

This is my 2nd attempt to post a reply (last attempt about 1 hr ago!). Love Beach Boys - cannot better yr choice. Listened here today in my room under the warmth of the sun to those good vibrations! Angelic harmonies. Didn't realise people still liked em!

r morris said...

Another good song for my funeral (or anybody's) would be "Time Waits for No One" by the Stones.