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    Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” recently beat out Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as the song most people choose to have played at their funerals. I’m guessing that we Boomers can take credit for this.  Inspired, I asked my Facebook pals to help me put together a play list.  “What song,” I asked, “would YOU like to check out to?”

    The first suggestion?

    “Don’t Fear The Reaper.“ 

    Quickly followed by:

    “Only The Good Die Young.” 

    “Another One Bites The Dust.” 

    “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

    “Is That All There Is?” 

    After that, the suggestions came fast and furious:

    “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

    “Knock Knock Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” 

    “The End” by the Doors.

    “You’re Going To Miss Me When I’m Gone.”

    Some folks seemed to be okay with kicking the bucket:

    “Who Wants To Live Forever?” by Queen.

    “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

    “Up, Up and Away!”

    The Best Is Yet To Come.“ 

    Others were less eager to embrace the Sweet Hereafter:

    “Stayin’ Alive.“

    “Please Don’t Bury Me.” by John Prine.

    Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.”

    Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.”

    Some wanted to take a last look back:

    In My Life.”

    “Days” by the Kinks.

    “What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been.”

    And of course, there were the jokers who said:

    I plan to be cremated, so my obvious choice is  “Light My Fire.”

    Or, if I can find a leisure suit,  “Disco Inferno.”

    I’ll be cremated too — I‘m going with Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love.”

    Can we choose music for other people’s funerals? Because there are several for whom I’d choose Dancin’ In The Streets.”

    “The Hokey Pokey!”  Because that’s what it’s all about.

    And the hits just kept on coming:

    “Hello, Goodbye.”

    “Stairway to Heaven!”

    “Highway to Hell!”

    “Sympathy for the Devil.”

    “Dust in the Wind.”

    Loudon Wainwright III’s “Unrequited.”

    Some friends, I learned, had actually given this topic serious thought. They reported:

    I’ve already asked for Jimmy Buffet’s  It’s Been A Lovely Cruise.”

    At my funeral?  “In My Life.”  The Sean Connery cover. Seriously!

    “Queen of the Slipstream  by Van Morrison will play at mine.

    My children have been instructed to play “Your Mother Should Know.”

    I‘m going with “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You.”

    As for me? I plan to live to 100, after which you can play me out to “Instant Karma.“  Why? Because we all shine on like the moon and the stars and the sun.

    And when I get to Heaven, I expect John Lennon to be there to greet me with  “Good choice!”

    Rosalind Warren (aka Roz Warren)

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    Roz Warren (www.Rosalindwarren.com) writes for the Funny Times, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, the Jewish Forward, Reader’s Digest and the Huffington Post. And she’s been on both the Today Show and Morning Edition. Roz is the author of OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR, which collects her most popular essays about library work.

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    1. Shelley Shackelford says:

      At a friend’s funeral several years ago they had planned to play Andy Kim’s “Rock me Gently” at the end as people were leaving. Somehow, they people mistakenly played Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”. Let’s just say it lightened the mood somewhat. Even funnier, they never stopped it, just let it go on and on. They were all the way to the baseball announcer by the time we got to the door.

    2. Barbara says:

      Dust in the Wind by Kansas and Carry on Wayward Son

    3. Donald says:

      Grave digger by Dave Mathews

    4. Rick S says:

      iIn my time of dying Led Zep
      Funeral for a friend Elton John

    5. Bobbie Stone says:

      My family all knows to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and “Imagine” by John Lennon at my service

    6. Debbie D. says:

      Great playlist! 🙂 I’d probably choose “My Way”, but if there’s a heaven, lead me to John Lennon, please.

    7. Kelly says:

      I like “I’ll Be Seeing You” although it’s pretty sad

    8. Mister Wonderful says:

      This is wonderful!

    9. Estelle says:

      That’s funny. I like Billy Joel’s song the best!

    10. Ruth Curran says:

      I love your curated lists Roz! I am with you – I have no expectations of John Lenin or anyone else waiting for me at the end with a nod of approval!

    11. Carolann says:

      It’s funny, I’ve often thought about what tune I would like to have played at mine. It would have to be something by Radiohead since I’m so addicted to them. Cute idea for sure!

    12. Andi says:

      These are ALL great suggestion, well maybe not another bites the dust, unless your firends are all going to get up and do that dance that goes along with it!

    13. Anita Irlen says:

      I loved loved this piece. It’s so much fun to be irreverent. Or is it irrelevant? Like gone…

    14. Wow, there are a lot of songs about death out there! Maybe Sarah MacLachlan’s “Remember Me?” The Beatles’ “Ob La Di Ob La Da?” La la, how the life goes on …

    15. Ines Roe says:

      Really started me thinking about finding a theme song for myself. Will have to think about whether that would be the same one for my funeral. I love many of the songs (I have to admit there are some I don’t know) but that is an interesting exercise about how one wants to “go out.” Great post!

    16. Tammy says:

      LOVE, love this post. I saving this for my future demise. I never would have thought of half of these. Awesome! Thanks for the sharing!!

    17. Ever since I saw The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies, I picture the song,You can’t always get what you want, for funerals.

    18. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

      Those are good ones! I think “Up, Up and Away” is my favorite.

    19. I love this! I haven’t thought of these songs in decades. I’m thinking Donna Summer’s Last Dance. Ha!

    20. Ellen Dolgen says:

      This is great! I love your perspective on life. I am hoping to hit that 100 mark, too! I already told my family that I want a celebration of my life with my fav tunes playing. My son, Jack Dolgen’s music and Motown- of course!

    21. michelle says:

      Ohhh…or Sid Vicious’s cover of My Way. That would be cool

    22. Jackie says:

      I loved the FB thread that came of the question and I love the article that you compiled from the answers even more 🙂 It is, indeed, “a long, strange trip.” 🙂

    23. Peggy Herron says:

      Just like Boomers, we want to go out with a song. I think my choice for a good send off would be Elvis singing MY WAY.

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