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Thread #31259   Message #408793
Posted By: Jeremiah McCaw
01-Mar-01 - 11:21 AM
Thread Name: What song do you want at your funeral?
Subject: RE: What song do you want at your funeral?
A wake, for sure. Music and celebration. Tears? Hell, yes; but I want more laughter than tears. Way more.

Three things for the sombre moments:
Phil Ochs' song "When I'm Gone" (Mr. Fielding do a pretty fine version, BTW)
The "Fiddler Jones" epitaph from Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology"
Ewan McColl's "The Joy of Living" (if by recording, then definitely the Bobby Watt rendition.

And if anybody sings "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", I swear I'l come back and haunt the sumbitch!!!

When I'm Gone
Phil Ochs (1966)

Fiddler Jones Edgar Lee Masters (1917)

The Earth keeps some vibration going there in your heart and that is you
And if the people find you can fiddle, why, fiddle you must, for all your life
What do you see? A harvest of clover? Or a meadow to walk through to the river?
The wind's in the corn; you rub your hands for beaves hereafter ready for market?
Or else you hear the rustle of skirts, like the girls when dancing at Little Grove? To Cooney Potter, a pillar of dust or twirling leaves meant ruinous drought.
They looked to me like Red-Head Sammy stepping it off, to "Toor-a-Loor"
How could I till my forty acres, not to say of getting more,
With a medley of horns and bassoons and picolos stirred in my brain
By crows and robins and the creak of a windmill, only these?
And I never started to plough in my life, that someone did not stop in the road, and take me away to a dance or a picnic!
I ended up with forty acres
I ended up with a broken fiddle, and a broken laugh,
And a thousand memories
And not a single regret.

The Joy Of Living
Ewan McColl