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Songs For Your Funeral
What would you choose?

 12:59 pm on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

From this thread [webmasterworld.com] comes a couple of interesting quotes to start with:

Syzygy wrote:
Mahalia Jackson - "the World's Greatest Gospel Singer" - singing The Lord's Prayer at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 - as featured in the Bert Stern film "Jazz on a Summer's Day"... It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral :-)

rocker wrote:
Recently a friend of mine passed away, at the age of 50, from a massive heart attack.

He always said he wanted to have "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison played at his funeral.

When that song was played there has not a dry eye in the place.

For me, I've been resisting the idea of choosing a track for the obvious reason that I don't want to think of my funeral! But two songs have worked their way into my head as possible candidates to be played:

1. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. The lyrics go something like "Brother, brother... there's too many of us dying". It's a really smooth piece that might work well.

2. Philip Glass - It Was Always You, Helen. Came across this recently (it's from the Candyman soundtrack) and had to download it. Lovely piano verses and powerful organ chorus.

I'm sure though that there must be more suitable choices. (A long time ago I was just going to play my favourite records, but I don't think Tangerine Dream and Yes would go down too well!)

So what would you choose, and why?



 2:57 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>>Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul.

That is a great lyric, love that song.

Hey, I thought I had the market cornered on Grateful Dead references on WebmasterWorld!

New Speedway Boogie - the Grateful Dead (of course)

One way or another
One way or another
One way or another
this darkness got to give


 8:22 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

My way - the Sex Pistols version


 5:32 am on Aug 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

"What A Wonderful World" - A simply beautiful song.

"My Way" - I prefer Frank singing it to the Sex Pistols...Lyrics count most!

"Memories" - Sarah Brightman sings it best IMHO.

"Who Wants To Live Forever" - Freddie or Sarah singing.

If there is no afterlife, then for most of us the last sentences we get to say is the tone we pre-plan for our funerals.

The young of course don't care, as you get older you will think about it more.......just wait and see!


 5:47 am on Aug 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wake me up before you go-go ;)

That is dang funny - Wham jokes always kill me. (no pun intended)



 6:10 am on Aug 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Uncle John's Band - the Greatful Dead
The Radio is Broken - Frank Zappa


 6:47 am on Aug 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's a toss up

Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Seasons in the Sun - (I think that's the name.. the old song)

You Win Again - Bee Gees

Stayin' Alive - nTrance remix of BeeGees song. It means something to me. Actually, it pretty much describes me. (my friends would understand)

Or pick any song from U2. There's a 40% chance it'll be approved by me. Esp. Pride, One, With or Without You, Beautiful Day & Stuck in a Moment.


 5:19 am on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

I buried my father late last week - he passed away aged 81 years. He wanted 'Ave Maria' - which we arranged. Unfortunately - I never got the chance to ask him why.

But it got me thinking.

Anyone see that movie "The Big Chill"?

I'll have "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones.

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well you just might find
You get what you need

Sarah Atkinson

 4:58 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

At my friends funneral they played "Life is a Lemon and I Want my Money Back"

They also had a "lemon tree" by the casket

My mother-in-law always use to say she would like "Another one bites the dust" by queen


 5:15 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

In my time of dying

by the mighty ZEP


 6:22 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Decomposing Composers - by Monty Python


 6:53 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Scotsman's Kilt by The Royal Chessmen. Ahh, wait a minute, that's for the wake... but if the wake's a good one, why bother with a dirge ruining the celebration, err, send off...


 10:18 pm on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow, no one has mentioned my favorite, but not original:
"You can't always get what you want"
Rolling Stones
(It was the open music for the funeral in The Big Chill, a date I had a very, very good time on.)

No, you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

"It features the London Bach Choir powerfully opening the song, highlighting throughout, and brings it to a uproarious conclusion," Wikipeda explains.

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