30 Day Song Challenge: A Song I Want Played At My Funeral

DAY 24: A Song I Want Played At My Funeral

What a morbid sort of category but I guess it’s gonna happen sometime…so if I were to pick a song that I would want played in celebration of my untimely death, I would have to pick “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo.

Just kidding.

In order to keep in perspective that a funeral is truly a celebration of one’s life, I think I will go with something that is quiet yet has big meaning. Pearl Jam’s “Man of the Hour” was written for the 2003 Tim Burton film, “Big Fish.” Although it’s told from a son’s perspective on his father’s death, it still holds true for almost any man and Eddie Vedder pretty much nails the emotional aspect of losing someone close.

“Man Of the Hour”
by Pearl Jam

Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
And the doors are open now as the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division, young men they pretend
Old men comprehend.

And the sky breaks at dawn; shedding light upon this town
They’ll all come round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
G’bye for now.

And the road
The old man paved
The broken seems along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just g’bye for now.



  1. Nice choice!

    Mine is mostly instrumental, but the few lyrics it has are powerful, in my humble opinion. It is truly a beautiful song…

    The song is “La Mer” by Nine Inch Nails – on The Fragile album.


    and when the day arrives i’ll become the sky and i’ll become the sea

    and the sea will come to kiss me for i am going home

    nothing can stop me now


    You can listen to it here, via the video: http://www.last.fm/music/Nine Inch Nails/_/La Mer

    Good choice! But dark dude. Aaaaand I own the album. Despite what some think about me, I am actually a pretty well-rounded type of music lover! LOL

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