However, the original is so sad that I can't really completely buy into a "happy" re-write.
I've been to several "celebrations of life" lately that play this song.
I've never quite figured out the appeal of doing that.
In each case, it was supposed to be an uptempo "positive" gathering as opposed to a traditional funeral.
So why play one of the saddest songs ever written?
(In one case, the invitation asked attendees to wear "life is good" t-shirts).
Anyway, it deeply puzzles me, but always thought it would be rather gauche to ask the family about their song choices.