30 day song challenge, day 24: a song that you want to play at your funeral

Hmm? A song that I want played at my funeral? When I first started considering this topic, a couple of songs came to mind: there was Celebration by Kool & the Gang, of course; and Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo. There are a couple of problems with these songs, however. First, I doubt anyone would take me seriously and they’d end up playing something else. And second, Dead Man’s Party, at least, is probably a fairly common selection in this challenge and therefore completely unoriginal. So I pondered this during a meeting today, and I realized that there is a perfect song that is both obscure enough for people not to necessarily know it offhand (making it more difficult to object to) and quite apropos of the situation:

God’s Comic by Elvis Costello.

If you’ve never heard the song before, the opening verse is perfect for such a celebration, where many people are mourning, but how many people really knew you:

I wish you’d known me when I was alive
I was a funny fella

And of course it gets better from there.

I suspect if people actually listened to the song before they played it at my funeral they might object to it on some ground. But people get weird at funerals, and my uncharacteristically cynical guess is that most people would smirk, shake their heads, and say, “Yup, that was him all right…”


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