There was a thought-provoking piece on NPR this morning about the rising popularity of “non-religious” songs being chosen for funerals. Interestingly, the song at the top of the list was Sinatra’s “My Way”. Here are the lyrics:

My Way
And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, Ill say it clear,
Ill state my case, of which Im certain.

Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

Ive loved, Ive laughed and cried.
Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say – not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things h
e truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.

The record shows I took the blows –
And did it my way!

This is not at all a commentary on Sinatra himself, but the thought of this song playing at the end of someone’s life (especially the last stanza) is more than a little depressing to me. The thought of rocking out to some savory “non-religious” tunes at my funeral, however, is a fine thought indeed!

So I’m just wondering if anyone has any good suggestions for a song that celebrates Love or resurrection, rather than my unfortunate legacy of “doing it my way”. For me I’m thinking something by my hero, Billy Joel. And since he seldom writes any songs that relate to anything I believe in, I think I’d go with “Only The Good Die Young” because it would be funny (at any age) or “Movin’ Out” just because it’s an awesome song. Unfortunately, “River of Dreams” (which may actually be about resurrection) is kinda lame. Forgive me Billy.