I'm almost sure that Mark was inspired to call Blues Funeral in a such way, by W.H. Auden's painful poem called Funeral Blues.
And it's not the first time he has involved with Auden, 'cause Mark played live another of his poems Roman Wall Blues (and set to music by Alex Harvey).
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent he dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good.
I long for the days of disorder. I want them back, the days when I was alive on the earth, rippling in the quick of my skin, heedless and real. I was dumb-muscled and angry and real. This is what I long for, the breach of peace, the days of disarray when I walked real streets and did things slap-bang and felt angry and ready all the time, a danger to others and a distant mystery to myself
So cool to see Auden mentioned here! I thought the same thing when I read the album title. This poem has always stuck in my brain for some reason...."but he frowned like thunder"...
O the valley in the summer where I and my John Beside the deep river would walk on and on While the flowers at our feet and the birds up above Argued so sweetly on reciprocal love, And I leaned on his shoulder; 'O Johnny, let's play': But he frowned like thunder and he went away.
O that Friday near Christmas as I well recall When we went to the Charity Matinee Ball, The floor was so smooth and the band was so loud And Johnny so handsome I felt so proud; 'Squeeze me tighter, dear Johnny, let's dance till it's day': But he frowned like thunder and he went away.
Shall I ever forget at the Grand Opera When music poured out of each wonderful star? Diamonds and pearls they hung dazzling down Over each silver and golden silk gown; 'O John I'm in heaven,' I whispered to say: But he frowned like thunder and he went away.
O but he was fair as a garden in flower, As slender and tall as the great Eiffel Tower, When the waltz throbbed out on the long promenade O his eyes and his smile they went straight to my heart; 'O marry me, Johnny, I'll love and obey': But he frowned like thunder and he went away.
O last night I dreamed of you, Johnny, my lover, You'd the sun on one arm and the moon on the other, The sea it was blue and the grass it was green, Every star rattled a round tambourine; Ten thousand miles deep in a pit there I lay: But you frowned like thunder and you went away.
The bonus track on the Japanese version of Blues Funeral is confirmed as Burning Jacob's Ladder: www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BGJ-10143 The "Obi" for the CD is a paper wraparound thingy that most Japanese CDs have, with a bunch of extra info on there (an obi is the sash/belt thing on a kimono). No extra charge for that info www.cdjapan.co.jp
Oh of course all of this news could been written and kept in Silence ... dunno but difficult to keep quiet...