When You Die - MGMT

from the album Little Dark Age (2018)

Death has such a negative connotation associated with it.  Nobody ever stands up at a wake and says, "Hey, there is more for us to eat."

I wonder why that is.  Religion and art are the most likely culprits.  Religion can control you by evoking fear of an unpleasant afterlife.  Art, on the other hand, mourns the absence of life and tends to paint macabre images of death and dying.  From Shakespeare saying "Out, out brief candle" to Goya's painting of Saturn Devouring His Son, artist tend to make death something depressing and ghoulish.

I think that is what draws me to happier depictions of death.  I adored Valerie June's 2017 song Astral Plane with the imagery of her grandmother dancing as she traversed the highway to heaven.  I'm also down with all the "Pearly Gates" stuff and the idea of seeing all those loved ones who died before you at a big picnic in the sky.

When I first heard the song When You Die by MGMT, I got caught up in the happy melody and vibe.  I thought "Now, this is my kind of death song!"  However, the more I listened to the lyrics, the more I realized that this was sarcasm and that the "glee" is really a result of despising the person who is about to commit suicide?

You die
And words don't mean anything
it's permanently night.
And I won't feel anything
We'll all be laughing with you when you die

How mean spirited!  I mean, the poor sod is contemplating offing himself and you sing a "happy" song celebrating their removal from the natural world?  That is not cheeky, it is abhorrent.  What sort of loathsome fucker writes a song like that?

Regardless, I cannot stop listening.  The beat, the groove, the vibe; it is all so catchy, so well written, so well produced.  Sometimes, you can't help but dig a song...

Click Here to watch he official video for When You Die by MGMT.