Persephone Playlists: Last Dances

Welcome to our new semi-regular feature, Persephone Playlists. 

Persephone Playlists are made up of all the songs that have defined our lives, curated from our awesome writers. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Playlist Question: What song do you want played at your funeral? (Thanks for the idea, A/V Club!)

April: Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” would probably represent me best and I think my family would expect my last song to come from Pink Floyd. Also, “Lay Me Down” by Cold Specks.

Moretta: “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” as performed by the incomparable Ethel Merman. (One of my “If I had a time machine” events is seeing La Merm’s performance on the first night of Gypsy.)

Alyson: I want “Oh Comely,”  by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Opifex: “Will the Circle be Unbroken” by Arlo Guthrie off the Precious Friend album. Also, not during the ceremony because Catholic funerals are pretty formulaic and there wouldn’t be an opening, but at some point during the wake I would want someone to play “Dead” by They Might be Giants.

Alecia: There’s a band called Over the Rhine and they have a song called “Cruel and Pretty” and I knew it was what I wanted played at my funeral the moment I heard it.

Selena: “Shiver Me Timbers” by Tom Waits, “As Long As I Can See the Light” by CCR, or “Sure Shot” by the Beastie Boys.

Samantha: “Lay Me Down” by Under the Influence of Giants and/or “Forever Young” by Audra Mae and the Forest Rangers.

Natasha: “Human” by The Killers.

Sara Habein: 3 songs, or I am haunting you all:

1. “Live Forever” – Oasis (come on, that’s kinda funny in itself)
2. “Songbird” – Fleetwood Mac
3. “Glycerine” – Bush

(Those are in order of preference, btw, so if it really really has to be one song and y’all want to risk a haunting, then just “Live Forever” will do.)

Zahra: “Invisible Touch” by Genesis.

So, dear readers, what song do you want played at your funeral?

Editor’s Note: The original version of this post mis-attributed Opifex’s quote to Elfity, because I’m a bit of a dumbass and wasn’t paying attention. 

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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