If there's one thing that we all have in common it's that we die. I know, I know, I was kind of blunt about it. Sorry, I guess. But I like talking about death, or more specifically, my death and what'll happen after. The one thing, I love thinking about is the songs that'll get played at my funeral. These are all a part of a larger list but I tried to narrow it down to the ones that mean the most.
Brand New -- Jesus Christ
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me is probably my favorite Brand New album (I haven't listened to Daisy, so I won't really comment on that) because I think it really gets me on a mental level. When I first heard it, I wasn't into it. But as I got older, I saw myself growing into the album -- if that makes any sense. It's just slow enough to be somber without sounding boring. But the main reason this song is on the list is for a couple of the lyrics. So, as you walk into the place wherever my funeral is held, keep silent, and find your seat.
Well, Jesus Christ, I'm not scared to die, I'm a little bit scared of what comes after. Do I get the gold chariot? Do I float through the ceiling? Do I divide and fall apart? 'Cause my bright is too slight to hold back all my dark. And the ship went down in sight of land and at the gates, does Thomas ask to see my hands?
Kevin Devine -- Gießen
Kevin Devine's Geißen is a song to his friend who recently passed. It's somber in tone and it's one that makes me think of the way my best friends would write about me. It's a little self-serving to put this song on the playlist but aren't all funerals like that? Anyway, it's a beautiful song and I think it'd be great one to listen to while the people who pray are praying.
I wasn't scared of death until it took my friend, I wasn't ready we'd been planning, "let's make music we both miss it and it's been too long". And so the best I can do is write you a song on the guitar you gave me. Try to make sense of the hole in the ground that swallowed our future history.
The Wonder Years -- Cigarettes & Saints
As a (somewhat reformed) emo-dude, I had to put some pop-punk/emo on this list. This is probably one of the more upbeat songs. And the reason it's on here is 'cause of a certain set of lyrics. A lot of my friends don't really believe in an afterlife but I want them to imagine me there, doing the same exact thing in song (see Notable Lyrics below). Just picture me having a good time and be alright.
I’m sure there ain’t a heaven, but that don’t mean I don’t like to picture you there. I bet you’re bumming cigarettes off saints. I’m sure you’re still singing but I’ll bet that you’re still just a bit out of key. With that crooked smile pushing words across your teeth.
Frank Turner -- Ballad of Me and My Friends
If there's one requirement to being one of my few best friends, it's knowing all the lyrics to this song. And one of you has to know how to play it. This song will come on at the end of everything before everyone goes to the giant party to stop crying and start partying. I like to fantasize about this song playing in a giant church, with everyone singing along towards the end. It'd be a real beautiful moment that I wouldn't get to experience.
None of this is going anywhere – Pretty soon we’ll all be old, and no one left alive will really care about our glory days, when we sold our souls. But if you’re all about the destination, then take a fucking flight. We’re going nowhere slowly, but we’re seeing all the sights. And we’re definitely going to hell, but we’ll have all the best stories to tell.