30 Day Song Challenge #24: A Song That You Want To Play At Your Funeral

[Day 24: A Song That You Want To Play At Your Funeral]

Arcade Fire – Wake Up

I can’t say I’ve thought about my funeral a whole bunch either. But I know that if I was to have one song play during it, I wouldn’t pick some sad and depressing track, I’d pick something uplifting and beautiful so as to make everyone as awkward as possible. I’d pick Arcade Fire’s Wake Up.

Firstly, it is indeed an incredibly beautiful song. It deals with the disenchantment of youth, and it does so with grace and class, allowing you to interpret it as you see fit rather than forcing a message onto you. This song represents so much about the process of growing up and realising you’re not a kid anymore, which I think can be one of the most alienating and difficult periods of anyone’s life.

Something filled up
My heart with nothing,
Someone told me not to cry.

But now that I’m older,
My heart’s colder,
And I can see that it’s a lie.

More than this, it’s a song that represents a lot for me personally. It’s one of the first ‘alternative’ songs that I absolutely adored, and it marked the beginning of my obsession with music. This has become a huge part of my life now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I owe a lot to this song, and when Arcade Fire won a Grammy I couldn’t help but feel I was witnessing something bigger than any one band or album. It was the success of the underdog, the success of the band who did things their own way. The success of the music I love.

Whilst the song appears to be about growing old and losing your faith in the world, it also speaks eloquently to the changes that we need to make in ourselves in order to meet the challenges of the world. It’s at once both extremely depressing and very life-affirming. I think anyone is in their purest form when they’re a child, and I think that the world we live in gradually strips this innocence away from us. It’s not entirely a negative thing, but we can never truly recapture that feeling of youth, curiosity, and contentment. I don’t think we’ve ever as content as we are when we’re kids.

I guess we’ll just have to adjust.

Wake Up remains to this day one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard. And I couldn’t think of a more fitting so to play at my funeral, as morbid as that sounds.

2 Responses to “30 Day Song Challenge #24: A Song That You Want To Play At Your Funeral”

  1. I reckon the best one on paper is Funeral Party’s ‘Finale’ ha!

    • Haha that does sound rather fitting. At least my one comes from the album ‘Funeral’ though, would you believe I didn’t even make that connection when choosing it?

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