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Songs For Your Funeral

What would you choose?

     
12:59 pm on Jul 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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?

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Wake me up before you go-go ;)

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"Black Bear"

Scots'll ken that one. ;)

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2:42 pm on July 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Would that be Black Bear Road?
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For me its 'Bird On A Wire'

How about these popular ones...

Robbie Williams Angels

Frank Sinatra My Way

Monty Python Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Queen's The Show Must Go On

Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven

AC/DC's Highway to Hell

[edited by: JudgeJeffries at 3:22 pm (utc) on July 31, 2006]

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Soundgarden - The Day I tried to live :)
5:22 pm on July 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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1) O God, Our Help in Ages Past
2) Immortal, Invisible God only wise

In both cases the words are very relevant and the music seems very fitting.

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"Time has come today" by the Chambers Brothers
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I find this subject quite ghoulish, quite honestly I care very little what music is played after I'm gone. It won't make me feel any better because I'll be dead. For all I care they can sing rude songs and call me names if anybody bothers to turn up. Anyway my son says he will save money by putting me in a black bin bag and leaving me outside the local tip.

On the other side of the coin...

As someone who is about to get married again I would welcome ideas for something triumphal to walk out to, nothing religious (it is a civil ceremony) and preferably not classical, definitely not country and no heavy metal. All my suggestions so far have almost caused a divorce before the marriage and as I want to have some input into the musicality of the day I have tit for tat vetoed her choices. So any help would be appreciated.

[edited by: Old_Honky at 6:00 pm (utc) on July 31, 2006]

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I love too many songs to choose just one. I don't plan to have a funeral, just a memorial. And not really a traditional memorial but more like a get together where people can listen to music and eat. My two favorite things in life.
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Jerry Lee Lewis...

"a-you...a-leave me....ahhhhh....BREATHLESS!"

6:33 pm on July 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't care. I'll be dead. I'd just as soon they didn't have a funeral for me. I never really liked the idea. I'd rather people did something fun instead and got on with their lives.

The husband of a friend just got diagnosed with an inoperable tumor and has weeks to live. It's really changed my perspective on life - less sweating the small stuff, etc.

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I wanna fly out
Over Mulholland
I'm gonna write your
Name in the sky
I'm gonna free fall
out into nothin'
I'm gonna leave this
World for a while . . . .

And if my wife survives me, I'd request Birds:

Lover
There will be another one
Who'll hover
Over you beneath the sun
Tomorrow
See the things that will not come
Today
When you see me fly away without you
Shadow on the things you know
Feathers fall around you
And show you the way to go . . .

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Syzygy wrote:
... It's one I'd love to hear played at my funeral

I don't know about anyone else, but if I heard anything at all during my funeral, I'd be less interested in the music and more interested in hollering loud enough that someone would let me out of the coffin! Scary thought...

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Well, I know what KIND of funeral [epica-awards.org] I'd like to have. Fast, funny, and then on to the next thing, fits me perfectly. Until today I thought this clip was an advert for a high speed internet company as the copy I had cut off right before the end. Never fails to make me guffaw. For music, just play one of my Tom Lehrer albums; let's leave 'em laughing! :)
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Anything by Leonard Cohen would be appropriate - sorta depressing and sombre.
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So what would you choose, and why?

Anything that can be played loud enough to wake the dead!

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Into the Mystic sounds like a great one.

Without putting too much thinking into it:
Cold Cold Ground (Tom Waits)
He Went to Paris (Jimmy Buffet)
Try to Remember (from The Fantastyks)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer (George Thorogood)
Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

My dad requested "When the Saints Go Marching In" and that seemed like a good one too.

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A service in a big church(I don't go to church), all my fans and family.

My coffin in the center aisle on top of it a dance floor about 8 feet square.

A Flamenco dancer dressed in red and black and a spanish guitar raging.

I giant barbeque afterwards.

Then I want to be pulled out and taxidermied in the Flamenco outfit with a hidious grin and pose and given to my niece.

She will inherit my fortune and get a check every year only as long as I am visible in the foyer of study of her house.

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"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung,
"Baby don't forget my number" by Milli Vanilli,
"U Cant Touch This" by MC Hammer,
and the clincher:
"I Just Died in your Arms Tonight" by Cutting Crew

my goal being merely to annoy everyone who attends my funeral as a parting gesture of animosity

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Song: What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong

Reason: Because it is.

[edited by: HarleyGuy at 4:54 am (utc) on Aug. 1, 2006]

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"In Christ Alone"

'nuff said

9:08 am on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Way down yonder on the Chattahoochie"

Why? Because I just have to say the title of that song and laugh.

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"Wake me up before you go, go"

(just in case I'm having a heavy nap)

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Your all nuts! Just enjoy life today and stop thinking about the song at your Funeral!
9:20 am on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What a depressing topic. Great for first thing in the morning lol

Mack.

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When it comes down to it - I'd like it to be some of my favourite tracks:

Oh Bondage Up yours - X-Ray Spex

Johnny Was - Stiff Little Fingers

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Ok if the Flamenco theme is too much.

"Going to hell in a bucket but at least I'm enjoyin' the ride"

-Grateful Dead

[edited by: Khensu at 9:57 am (utc) on Aug. 1, 2006]

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Brokedown Palace - Grateful Dead

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

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Graham Chapman's funeral (Monty python)
got to be the best way to go
Its on YouTube
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I'd like to very old songs (hymns really):

Dies Irae (Latin)
and
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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