Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What is your favorite song about death?

We're coming up on our next Let Me Ascertain You cabaret at Joe's Pub, and this one is focused on the surprising, macabre, and unexpectedly funny stories related to perspectives on and experiences with death and the death industry. We've talked to funeral directors, morticians, a Yogi, and lots more - we hope you'll join us to hear their incredible stories and thoughts!

Last week, we got some great responses about your favorite death scenes in movies. This week, we want to know:

What is your favorite song about death?

And be sure to join us on Friday for the show - it's going to be great!

Get tickets HERE!

And here's what we've come up with:

Via a comment below: "Hades" from The Frogs

Via comments below:  "Erlkonig" by Franz Schubert (requested twice!)

Via a comment below: Johnny Cash's cover of Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat"

Via a comment below: "My Death" by Jacques Brel, covered by David Bowie

 Via Facebook: "An Artist's Song" by Ari Picker for his band Lost in the Trees

 Via Facebook: Nick Cave's Murder Ballads (This is the first part of the album)

Via a comment below: "Saint James Infirmary" - Lily Tomlin/All Nurse Orchestra Version

Via a comment below: "Red River Valley" sung by Marty Robbins

Via a comment below: "Poor Jud is Dead" from Oklahoma
 Via a comment below: Verdi's Requiem


  1. "Hades" from Frogs by Sondheim

  2. 1. "Saint James Infirmary," preferably the Lily Tomlin/All Nurse Orchestra version, but this is cool, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBk3jwNSteo
    2. "Poor Jud is Dead" from Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein
    3. Red River Valley
    4. "Erlkonig" by Franz Schubert

  3. From an earlier blog post:

    My Death (Jacques Brel) and Der Erlkönig (Schubert, D. 328)


    Johnny Cash's cover of Nick Cave's tune The Mercy Seat

    (here: http://blogforthecivilians.blogspot.com/2012/05/were-so-happy-to-announce-that-our-next.html#comment-form)

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDFFHaz9GsY

      Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem

      This is one of the best versions on YouTube.

      Mom Cosson

    2. harry nilsson 'i'd rather be dead' backed up by a choir of senior citizens.