American indie folk pop singer Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Funeral‘ is one of the saddest, most touching songs you will hear. That’s probably why it was chosen as one of the tracks for the new season of 13 Reasons Why — Season 3, Episode 5, “Nobody’s Clean“.
The opening of ‘Funeral’ is based on Bridgers’ own experience of singing at the funeral of someone who was only a year older than her. And about how sad it felt talking to his father.
The song then moves on to reference Phoebe Bridgers’ own life, and how she always remembers feeling sad much of the time and doesn’t think that will ever change.
But, before you get a chance to feel sorry for her, she mentions calling a friend to talk about her feelings — “We talk until we think we might just kill ourselves/ But then we laugh until it disappears” — and how just that connection to another person can move her out of her own sadness, and back out into the world again.
Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Funeral‘ is from the indie singer’s debut album Stranger in the Alps. It was the fourth single from the album.
And just to show how wonderfully quirky Bridgers’ herself is, the title of her album is actually based on a line in the film The Big Lebowski. Not the original line, however, but the one that was substituted in the TV version of the film.
The original line being “Do you see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?” changing to the substituted version “”Do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?”
And I can imagine just how much Phoebe Bridgers laughed when she heard that line.
Listen to Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Funeral‘ as featured on 13 Reasons Why in the official lyric video below.
Her debut album Stranger in the Alps is also something you should listen to, as each track is stunning.
You’ll find that in full in the Spotify widget below as well.