Sing no sad songs for me: my deathbed/wake songs

A couple of friends (whose names, to my embarrassment, I can’t remember) on Twitter posted deathbed songs — a piece of fortuitous timing, for I’m drawing up my will this year, and, assuming my pals and family outlive me, I want a celebration, not a ritual purging. These songs reflect a bit of my puckish spirit, I hope: a conception of myself that is up to the survivors to affirm or demolish after I’ve become ash. For example, I avoided Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home” to a more Soto-esque pick like “I Am What I Am.” And I’ll leave instructions that the list must build to Jarvis Cocker’s grand fuck you.

1. Jarvis Cocker – C— Are Still Running the World
2. Lana Del Rey – Fucked My Way to the Top
3. Janet Jackson – Together Again
4. New Order – This Time of Night
5. Buzzcocks – I Believe
6. Fleetwood Mac – Sara
7. Roger Miller – One Dyin’ and a Buryin’
8. Jamie Principle – Waitin’ on My Angel
9. Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Over and Over
10. Leonard Cohen – The Future
11. Prince – Private Joy
12. Lucinda Williams – Metal Firecracker
13. U2 – Stuck in a Moment
14. The Go-Betweens – Dive For Your Memory
15. Beyonce – I Miss You
16. Patty Loveless – Don’t Toss Us away
17. Ray Charles – That Lucky Old Sun
18. Rolling Stones – Moonlight Mile
19. Brad Paisley – When I Get Where I’m Going
20. R.E.M. – Sweetness Follows
21. Randy Travis – Three Wooden Crosses
22. Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop the Dance
23. Lou Reed – The Blue Mask
24. Merle Haggard – I Am What I Am
25. Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home
26. George Strait – You’ll Still Be There
27. Marvin Gaye – Praise
28. Billy Bragg and Wilco – Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
29. Sade – Never As Good as the First Time
30. The Mountain Goats – This Year
31. The Velvet Underground – Ocean
32. Trio – Wildflowers
33. Alexander O’Neal – Sunshine
34. Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell
35. Tori Amos – Jackie’s Strength
36. Amen Dunes – Dracula
37. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
38. David Bowie – Heathen (The Rays)
39. Pet Shop Boys – The End of the World
40. Patrick Cowley – Do You Wanna Funk?
41. The B’52’s – Roam
42. The Go-Go’s – Beneath the Blue Sky
43. Tamia – Leave It Smokin’
44. Drake – From Time
45. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing
46. Brian Eno – Spider and I
47. Dusty Springfield – I Can’t Make It Alone
48. Can – Chain Reaction
49. Miguel – Adorn
50. Anita Baker – You Bring Me Joy

2 thoughts on “Sing no sad songs for me: my deathbed/wake songs

  1. Jukebox

    Great. Half of these are in my list. Perhaps I like joy (?). The Natalie Merchant sang “Way Over Yonder…” is my fav off that album. Making Jarvis number one needs a special mindset of joyfulness… like really twisted. Love that one! Jarvis, the king of whispering fuck yous until the crescendo blows you away.
    I love Metal Firecracker, but the euphoria for me comes when Lucinda sings: “I think I looost-it”… like she’s celebrating something…
    Are you heavy enough to make me stay?
    I feel like I might blow away
    I thought I was in heaven
    But I was only dreaming

    That would be my number one. Filed it under “bittersweet fuck up”. And I like it.


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