Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Vanishing Songs

Nobody tells you that you’re going to vanish. Sure, we all know that we’re going to die, and that awareness leads many people to worry about their legacies. These are the monument builders–the people who place their names on buildings, demand pyramids, give each other awards, initiate wars, and invent Wonka Bars.

But the overwhelming majority of us just fade away. We cease to be useful to employers, family, ourselves and we just get smaller and smaller, like train tracks diminishing to a far away point on the horizon, until we’re gone.

Regardless of whether you’re going to build that monument to yourself or be one of the millions who vanish behind it, there’s always a little music to assuage your existential angst. Let’s get to it:

“I Want to Vanish,” Elvis Costello.

“Vanish In Our Sleep,” Bootsy Collins.

“Vanishing,” A Perfect Circle.

“Vanishing Girl,” The Dukes of Stratosphear.

“Fade Away,” Oasis.

“Watch Her Disappear,” Tom Waits.

“She’s Not There,” The Zombies.

“I Stay Away,” Alice In Chains.

There you have it: Eight songs for when you can’t not fade away. What did I miss? I’m listening.

3 replies »

  1. “She’s Leaving Home” – The Beatles
    “Silver Wings” – Merle Haggard
    “Goodbye Again” – John Denver
    “My Ride’s Here” – Warren Zevon
    “She’s Gone” – Hall and Oates
    “Cuban Crime of Passion” – Jimmy Buffett
    “Fade Out” – John Anderson
    “You’re Missing” – Bruce Springsteen
    “Vanish” – Paul Young
    “I Disappear” – Metallica


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