Elizabeth Stella Neill

September 2, 1918 ~ February 16, 2016 (age 97)


Play Jolly Music at my Funeral
I've taken in recent years to thinking about my funeral 
and have decided to make one paramount request: 
play jolly music at that ritual. 
What good does it do to heap on dirges 
or other mournful melodies? 
I won't be there to be gratified by the grieving 
and if I could tune in 
I'd be happier to see those present have some relief. 
Dixieland would be nice. 
Joplin would be fine. 
Something by Fats Waller would certainly do. 
Those early jazzmen knew what they were up to 
when they set about making funeral marches swing. 
So swing me away, please, with a rousing tune.
 Richard Greene

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