I Started a Joke

Charles Cowling

 

The song which closed Robin Gibb’s funeral. The occasion was marked by the usual contemporary family politics. Robin’s wife, Dwina (in the words of the Daily Mail, “bisexual Dwina, 59”), let it be known that the presence of Robin’s housekeeper-lover, Claire Yang, with whom he had a ‘love child’, Snow Robi, would be unwelcome. Claire stayed away. 

 

I started a joke, which started the whole world crying,

but I didn’t see that the joke was on me, oh no.

I started to cry, which started the whole world laughing,
oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I’d said.

Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was on me.

I looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that I’d said.

‘Til I finally died, which started the whole world living,
oh, if I’d only seen that the joke was one me.

 

 

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Sadly this kind of situation is now almost commonplace at funerals. People being asked not to come who were a significant part of the deceased’s life seems wrong to me. It’s not about the ‘main mourner’ it should be about the person we gather to say goodbye to.

In recent years I have even had outbursts during services or shortly afterwards. It may be a coincidence – but it’s always women angry with women!