Name Your Funeral Music

OK, so Mrs. Duckster and I are getting around to writing our wills. Nope, our earthly demises are not close at hand, but one never knows.

So we’re talking about funeral music. She’s into the old hymns from when she was a child. As for me, I’m more inclined to have a bit of fun; Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult is not my cup of tea, but if push came to shove … :slight_smile:

I’ve always like the John Dunbar Theme from Dances With Wolves. May’be Surf’s Up by The Beach Boys.

What music would you like to be played at your funeral?

Into The West, performed by Annie Lennox.

How about ‘Smoke Gets in your Eyes’ for a cremation or Springsteen’s ‘I’m Going Down’ for a traditional burial?

The Requiem Mass by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKinnett.

We’ve done this before, but I don’t remember what I said.

I think instead of music, I’d like the mourners to see some classic WB cartoons, like *What’s Opera, Doc? *and One Froggy Evening. Maybe a little Chaplin and Keaton, too.

Actually, anything but bagpipes.

We did do this before. Same answer as before;

Why Me? by Johnny Cash on American IV.

Moved from IMHO to CS.

Diamonds on my Windshield - Tom Waits

Easy: the introit will be “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” by Michael Nyman, the offertory will be “Being Boring” by the Pet Shop Boys, and the recessional will be “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

Why does this topic come up so often? I’ve only been to a few funerals, but I’ve never heard music played at one. And I’ve never seen them play music at a tv or movie funeral, either. Is it really that common?

Two musts: Leftover Salmon’s version of Zombie Jamboree and Oingo Boingo’s Dead Mans Party

John Prine’s Please Don’t Bury Me:

Please don’t bury me
Down in that cold cold ground
No, I’d druther have “em” cut me up
And pass me all around
Throw my brain in a hurricane
And the blind can have my eyes
And the deaf can take both of my ears
If they don’t mind the size

and Tom Wait’s Take it With Me.

…Wow. Every funeral I’ve ever been at has some kind of music, whether hymns or more popular music that reminds the bereaved of the deceased.

At one end, at my grandfather’s funeral last week, a wonderful jazz singer who was a friend of his performed “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Unforgettable.” At the other, my dad’s (and his father’s) funeral concluded with the starkly Protestant “I Feel the Winds of God,” which I have to say was perfect.

Oh, Didn’t He Ramble? is good funeral music. For a joke, how about I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal, You?

Requiem for Godzilla.

Three songs, covering all the bases:

Stairway To Heaven, then Sympathy For The Devil followed by Instant Karma.

Well, you learn something new every day I guess. My family isn’t big on funerals. We tend to just kind of stop talking about people when they die.

If 6 Was 9 by Jimi. Duh. :stuck_out_tongue:
I’m the one that’s got to die, when it’s time for me to die. So let me live my life the way I want to.

“Going Underground” by The Jam.