A Mayan Apocalypse Playlist

end of the worldIn breathless anticipation of the Mayan Apocalypse Friday (I know, I know, but why let facts get in the way of fun) I thought I would perform a much needed public duty of sorts in offering an end of the world playlist . . . a handful of songs both apropos and, well, hell, catchy with which to watch the Rough Beast slouch in. . .  so, if you’re not on your way to the Mayan city of Tikal for a first hand view fire up the iPod and sing along as the Pale Horse arrives . . .

This is the Day, by The The:  The lyrics say it all and you have to love a punk/progressive/alternative rock group with an accordion lead:

The calendar, on your wall, is ticking the days off . . .

THIS IS THE DAY — Your life will surely change.

Mad World, Gary Jules(remake of a Tears for Fears song) Great tone for the apocalypse, great end of it all mood . . .

No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had

Crazy,  Seal This is included more as a survival guide on the off chance the Mayan Apocalypse isn’t all that efficient .

. .Miracles will happen as we trip

But we’re never gonna survive unless

We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive unless
We are a little
Crazy crazy crazy
 Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
…Like it always does, always does
– Kinda says it all
 Obvious, but must be included, Bob Dylan’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – a million versions to pick from, though I find Warren Zevron’s one of the best and certainly the most poignant, and REM’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I feel Fine) – although if any of us are left on 12/22, REM’s Losing My Religion may be more apropos.
Back to the less obvious:
Come On Up to the House, Tom Waits This is, actually, too perfect:
Well the moon is broken
And the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house . . .
Under the Milkyway, The Church, for a cosmic approach; Chris Isaak’s Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing, for those looking to place blame and guilt  (um, all of us?); OMC’s How Bizarre as a general comment on the day, week, month, year, decade, century(s)(?); Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows,  
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows 
On to a slightly more upbeat song with Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky, Another Bob Dylan song provides the perfect state of mind while we’re watching mountains spinning off into space:

. . . People are crazy
and times are strange,
I’m locked in tight,
I’m out of range,
I used to care,
Depending how things go down – the Mayans have been frustratingly mute on the means of destruction – Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising may well work:
Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
For pure literalness there’s Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes Man on Fire; for a touch of philosophy Johnny Cash singing Springsteen’s Further On Up On the Road . . .; for a touch of hope as the four Horsemen swing by – Leonard Cohen’s Waiting for a Miracle.
Come to think of it, when we’re all here Saturday, how about a solemn chorus of Cohen’s Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright version?)
Enjoy the day, talk to you Saturday – the best thing about being a naysayer is if I’m wrong, no one will ever know.  But I’m not, we’ve got a way to go before we fulfill William Blake’s vision (below).  The music will still be there as well.

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