Crank it loud when I’m gone, Sean

Crank it loud when I’m gone:

The Research for the Bereavement Register poll found these to be the songs most frequently requested for funerals in Britain:

  1. Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
  2. Angels – Robbie Williams
  3. I’ve Had The Time Of My Life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  5. Pie Jesu – Requiem
  6. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  7. With Or Without You – U2
  8. Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
  9. Every Breath You Take – The Police
  10. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
  11. Danny Boy [traditional]

“Every Breath You Take”? Seriously? Has anyone ever actually listened to this song? Sting supposedly once said it was a metaphor for government surveillance, and I want dead family members watching me about as much as I want Alberto Gonzales watching me, which is to say Not Much.

Inasmuch as I am aging at an appalling rate — one whole year every twelve months or so — it’s probably time for me to pick out a playlist to celebrate my own demise. I think it ought to have things like this:

  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
  • Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
  • 7 Rooms of Gloom – Four Tops
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper
  • When I’m Gone – Brenda Holloway

And I’d be much obliged if someone dug up Nat “King” Cole’s “That Sunday, That Summer.” It bears no actual resemblance to life as I know it — but oh, how I wish it did.


  1. John Salmon »

    4 October 2006 · 9:32 pm

    “That Sunday, That Summer”-Great pick!

    “If I had to choose just one day to last my whole life through…

    It would surely be that Sunday, the day that I met you…”

    I wonder if anyone other than Nat (and Natalie-her version’s not bad) ever recorded it-Nat may’ve done it so well no one else wanted to try it.

  2. Mister Snitch! »

    4 October 2006 · 9:48 pm

    No Beatles?

  3. CGHill »

    4 October 2006 · 9:50 pm

    You might be right about that. I did finally turn up a version by Kathie Lee Gifford, which I promptly reburied.

  4. CGHill »

    4 October 2006 · 9:52 pm

    As for the Fab Four, the obvious tune is “In My Life,” which was rejected because it’s, well, obvious.

    And anyway, it’s not like the youngsters are going to honor my request; for all I know, they may undergo a sudden upsurge in piety and order up a slate of worn-out hymns and other Te Deum.

  5. John Salmon »

    4 October 2006 · 11:03 pm

    Beatles-“Baby’s In Black”.

  6. fritz schranck »

    5 October 2006 · 4:24 am

    I suppose as long as my family does not hang my tanned hide on the shed, I won’t worry too much about the funeral music arrangements.

    Although J. Tull’s version of J.S. Bach’s Bouree would be nice.


  7. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    5 October 2006 · 7:48 am

    At least you didn’t pick “Thank God & Greyhound you’re gone.” by Roy Clark

  8. Matthew »

    7 October 2006 · 11:27 am

    How about “One Step Beyond” by Madness? :D

  9. eulalie shinn »

    7 October 2006 · 1:17 pm

    If I had to choose
    just one day
    to last my whole life
    it would surely be
    the day that I met you
    newborn whipporwills
    were calling from the
    summer was a coming in
    but fast
    lots of daffodils
    were showing off their skills
    nodding altogether i could almost hear them whisper
    go on kiss her
    go on and kiss her
    (now) (the chorus sings that later)
    if I had to choose
    one moment
    to live within my
    it would be
    recalling how we started
    darling it would be
    when you smiled at
    that way

    I always like to call this song “If I Had to Choose Just One Day” but I’m sure that’s breaking some rule somewhere and I certainly wouldn’t want to do that.

    I’m glad to see that your musical choices are improving.

  10. eulalie shinn »

    7 October 2006 · 2:11 pm

    Congratulations on your win.

  11. eulalie shinn »

    7 October 2006 · 10:08 pm

    Oh. And by the way.
    You’re welcome.

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