Epitaphs never look good in hindsight

It must be something that prays on peoples minds, how they’ll be regarded after they have gone. Some people leave a graveside epitaph that’s amusing, such as Spike Milligan’s “I told you I was ill”. hopeful like Frank Sinatra’s “The best is yet to come.” or somewhat desperate like Al Capone’s “My Jesus, mercy”.

But what’s been highlighted recently is the rather disturbing and double meaning nature of Jimmy Savile‘s “It was good while it lasted”.

Remarkably, given the recent allegations against the sainted John Peel, nobody has bothered to mention his epitaph. It reads;

Teenage dreams so hard to beat

Make of that what you will. But hindsight does give otherwise innocuous Undertones lyrics a more sinister tone.

 

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