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Tanypteryx
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Message 16 of 34 (889729)
12-12-2021 12:27 AM
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12-11-2021 11:03 PM


I know some good places in Arizona!

What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

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If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

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Message 17 of 34 (889730)
12-12-2021 1:39 AM


Going Home
Personally, I think that the choice must depend of the deceased and on those left behind. Since no funeral is really meant for the deceased, but rather for those left behind.

I'm a wee bit Scottish, so there must be a piper.

In Orange County, Calif, the Highland Games have always been held on Memorial Day weekend. And typically we'd always have a massed pipe band playing of "Amazing Grace" (the first time the massed bands piped in after the soloist, we the audience were all blown back a few centimeters in our seats).

But one year, a solo piper played "Going Home" and I found it very moving. It's a spiritual that Dvorak incorporated into the second movement, Largo, of his "New World Symphony."


  
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Message 18 of 34 (889731)
12-12-2021 6:02 AM


Apparently 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' is very popular

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

"Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
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Message 19 of 34 (889732)
12-12-2021 6:56 AM


Or "The grass is always greener." on the other side right now.

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Message 20 of 34 (889733)
12-12-2021 12:51 PM
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12-12-2021 6:02 AM


About five years back I went on a South of Spain cruise out of Southampton. A few thousand British passengers plus a couple hundred Americans, so we felt a bit outnumbered. I loved the English breakfasts (especially the bacon and the beans, but skipped on the puddings), liked the steak and kidney pie, kick myself for not trying the bubble and squeak, and made the right decision to not try the Marmite.

Final night at sea is usually a big party on all cruises. The atrium ran nearly the full length of the ship and it was packed with passengers where they played all the popular British music. One of our party got into a very heated but friendly argument with a Brit over whether the Rolling Stones are British or American -- British in name, yeah, but they definitely crossed over.

The last song was "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" whereupon the lights dimmed, the crowd quieted down, and everybody with a lighter lit it and held it high. And sang along. I guess it's their National Anthem now.


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Message 21 of 34 (889741)
12-12-2021 11:21 PM
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12-11-2021 1:35 PM


Re: Pink Floyd
When Terry Pratchett passed, there were several items on top of his casket at his funeral. One was a sword that he forged from a meteorite when he was knighted by the queen of England, , the other was a place card that said two words

"The End"


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Message 22 of 34 (889742)
12-13-2021 12:18 AM
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12-12-2021 11:21 PM


Re: endings
ramoss ends with
the other was a place card that said two words

"The End"

brings to mind another fine music suggestion, and we have The Doors to thank for that.


"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."

- xongsmith, 5.7d


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Message 23 of 34 (889744)
12-13-2021 3:29 AM
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12-13-2021 12:18 AM


Re: endings
Great song but somewhat challenging for a funeral.

The End"

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes again

Can you picture what will be?
So limitless and free
Desperately in need
Of some stranger's hand
In a desperate land

Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There's danger on the edge of town
Ride the King's Highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake, he's long, seven miles
Ride the snake
He's old and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here and we'll do the rest
The blue bus is calling us
The blue bus is calling us
Driver, where you taking us?

The killer awoke before dawn
He put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door
And he looked inside
"Father?" "Yes, son?" "I want to kill you"
"Mother? I want to..."

Come on baby, take a chance with us
Come on baby, take a chance with us
Come on baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin' a blue rug, on a blue bus, doin' a
Come on yeah
Fuck, fuck-ah, yeah
Fuck, fuck
Fuck, fuck
Fuck, fuck, fuck yeah!
Come on baby, come on
Fuck me baby, fuck yeah
Whoa
Fuck, fuck, fuck, yeah!
Fuck, yeah, come on baby
Fuck me baby, fuck fuck
Whoa, whoa, whoa, yeah
Fuck yeah, do it, yeah
Come on!
Huh, huh, huh, huh, yeah
Alright
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end


Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

"Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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Message 24 of 34 (889748)
12-13-2021 11:29 AM
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12-11-2021 6:14 PM


Re: a FIT ending
AZPaul3 writes:

Uniquely beautiful lady.


And one of very few singers that I would call an artist.


My first thought for funeral music was:

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

-- Joni Mitchell


We come from a place much brighter than "Intelligent Design".

"I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!"
-- Lucky Ned Pepper

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Message 25 of 34 (889749)
12-13-2021 12:25 PM
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12-11-2021 6:38 PM


I would go with Shine On You Crazy Diamond

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain "
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“…far from science having buried God, not only do the results of science point towards his existence, but the scientific enterprise itself is validated by his existence.”- Dr.John Lennox

“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”
H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” — Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You
(1894).


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Message 26 of 34 (889750)
12-13-2021 12:34 PM
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12-13-2021 11:29 AM


As long as Joni was mentioned, there's Dylan
for you believer types (not my cup of tea):

Death Is Not The End
/ Bob Dylan?
[Down In The Groove - 1988]
[As reproduced in the official songbook]

When you're sad and when you're lonely and you haven't got a friend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all that you've held sacred falls down and does not mend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

When you're standing on the cross-roads that you cannot comprehend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all your dreams have vanished and you don't know what's up the bend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

When the storm clouds gather 'round you and heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end
And there's no one there to comfort you with a helping hand to lend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

Oh, the tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies

When the cities are on fire with the burning flesh of men
Just remember that death is not the end
And you search in vain to find just one law abiding citizen
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end


"I'm the Grim Reaper now, Mitch. Step aside."

- xongsmith, 5.7d


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Message 27 of 34 (889751)
12-13-2021 12:36 PM
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12-13-2021 12:25 PM


It was written for Syd Barret of course so it would be blasphemy to use it. Anyway, the words don't apply.

That's the trouble with Floyd; great music but very specific - and usually paranoid - lyrics.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Pink Floyd

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on you target for faraway laughter
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine

Edited by Tangle, : No reason given.


Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

"Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 28 of 34 (889759)
12-13-2021 2:00 PM


Forever Autumn
I always felt this song would echo through my consciousness at the loss of someone deeply loved.

Forever Autumn sung by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues

quote:
The summer sun is fading as the year grows old
And darker days are drawing near
The winter winds will be much colder
Now you're not here.
I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky
And one by one they disappear.
I wish that I was flying with them
Now you're not here

Like a song through the trees you came to love me
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away

Through autumn's golden gown we used to kick our way
You always loved this time of year.
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now
Cause you're not here

Like a song through the trees you came to love me
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away

A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes
As if to hide a lonely tear
My life will be forever autumn
'Cause you're not here!


The song was originally part of a larger production, a musical version of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

quote:
Forever Autumn
Song by Jeff Wayne, Justin Hayward, and Richard Burton

Lyrics

For three days I fought my way along roads packed with refugees,
The homeless, burdened with boxes and bundles containing their valuables.
All that was of value to me was in London.
By the time I reached their little red brick house, Carrie and her father were gone.

Forever Autumn

Journalist
The summer sun is fading as the year grows old,
And darker days are drawing near,
The winter winds will be much colder,
Now you're not here.

I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky
And one by one they disappear,
I wish that I was flying with them
Now you're not here.
Like the sun through the trees you came to love me,
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away...

Through autumn's golden gown we used to kick our way,
You always loved this time of year
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here

Fire suddenly leapt from house to house.
The population panicked and ran, and I was swept along with them, aimless and lost without Carrie. Finally, I headed eastward for the ocean and my only hope of survival: a boat out of England.

Journalist
Like the sun through the trees you came to love me,
Like a leaf on the breeze you blew away...

A gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes
As if to hide a lonely tear
My life will be forever autumn,
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here

As I hastened through Covent Garden, Blackfriars and Billingsgate,
More and more people joined the painful exodus.
Sad, weary women, their children stumbling in the street with tears,
Their men bitter and angry, the rich rubbing shoulders with beggars and outcasts.

Dogs snarled and whined, the horse's bits were covered with foam,
And here and there were wounded soldiers, as helpless as the rest.
We saw tripods wading up the Thames,
Cutting through bridges as though they were paper.
Waterloo bridge, Westminster bridge, one appeared above Big Ben.

Ulla!

Never before in the history of the world,
Had such a mass of human beings moved and suffered together.
This was no disciplined march, it was a stampede,
Without order and without a goal, six million people unarmed and unprovisioned driving headlong.

It was the beginning of the rout of civilization, of the massacre of mankind.
A vast crowd buffeted me towards the already packed steamer.
I looked up enviously at those safely on board... straight into the eyes of my beloved Carrie.
At sight of me she began to fight her way along the packed deck to the gangplank.
At that very moment, it was raised,
And I caught a last glimpse of her despairing face as the crowd swept me away from her.

Journalist
Like the sun through the trees you came to love me,
Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away...

Through autumn's golden gown we used to kick our way
You always loved this time of year
Those fallen leaves lie undisturbed now
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here
'Cause you're not here



What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Tanypteryx
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Message 29 of 34 (889760)
12-13-2021 2:12 PM
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12-13-2021 12:36 PM


That's the trouble with Floyd; great music but very specific - and usually paranoid - lyrics.

The guitar is really sublime (I cannot explain what this means) though, I use part of it as a ringtone on my phone.

If I could only listen to one artist for the rest of my life it would be David Gilmour.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 30 of 34 (889761)
12-13-2021 3:07 PM
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12-13-2021 2:00 PM


Re: Forever Autumn
It's a great song and a great tune and it's incredibly sad.

But it's a bit presumptuous for a funeral, saying everybody's sad because I'm not there etc.

Tricky business this funeral song lark.


Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London.I am Finland. Soy Barcelona

"Life, don't talk to me about life" - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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