I was watching High Fidelity the other day. There is that scene where John Cusack mentions which songs he wants played at his funeral.This got me thinking about my own funeral,
songs that I would like played.
And Iron & Wine:
was the only one to make the cut.
Not only is it a great long song, but the performance is emotional; the lyrics are meaningful; and it closes with a little ditty on a recorder. Also, listen for the walking bass line three quarters of the way thru. Each verse begins with please remember me and then goes on to lists ways to be remembered. A perfect nine minute epic for lowering a casket into the rich, fragrant earth.
and please remember me, seldomly
in the car behind the carnival
my hand between your knees, you turn from me
and said the trapeze act was wonderful
but never meant to last, the clowns that passed
saw me just come up with anger
when it filled the circus dogs, the parking lot
had an element of danger
so please remember me, finally
and all my uphill clawing
my dear, but if I make the Pearly Gates
Ill do my best to make a drawing
of God and Lucifer,
a boy and girl
an angel kissin on a sinner
a monkey and a man, a marching band
all around the frightened trapeze-swinger