What Would Be Your Funeral Song?

  

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By:  john-russell  •  3 months ago  •  50 comments

What Would Be Your Funeral Song?
A lot of people choose a song, or more than one song, to be played at their funeral service. Hopefully it will be in the distant future, but people do make their choice known to their friends and family. 


I did this about 5 years ago and got some interesting responses, so we'll do it again. 

A lot of people choose a song, or more than one song, to be played at their funeral service. Hopefully it will be in the distant future, but people do make their choice known to their friends and family. 

Post a song or two that you would really like to see played at your final goodbye to this whirl. 


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JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1  author  JohnRussell    3 months ago

The song that will be played as I leave for my final journey will be the Irish ballad Raglan Road. Although it is normally sung, I'm thinking I'll have it played by a single bagpiper. 

"let grief be a falling leaf at the dawning of the day"

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 months ago

My second choice is The Rose. I heard it played at a family funeral and found it very moving in that context. 

Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower and you, it's only seed

It's the heart, afraid of breaking that never learns to dance
It's the dream, afraid of waking that never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying that never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2  JBB    3 months ago

Claire De Lune is instrumental so Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is?...

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
3  charger 383    3 months ago

My cousin had My Way and at reception my Uncle had " Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer"  played and had PBR served. Both songs were very appropriate for them.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4  Sparty On    3 months ago

Old school?

Amazing Grace doesn’t even make the list?

Amazing!

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
5  shona1    3 months ago

Anoon...

VNV nation - Nova (shine your light on me)..

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  shona1 @5    3 months ago

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
5.1.1  shona1  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1    3 months ago

Morning John...thanks for that...

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
Freshman Silent
5.2  Duck Hawk  replied to  shona1 @5    3 months ago

great song, NICE to see another VNV fan jrSmiley_49_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
6  Thrawn 31    3 months ago
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Greg Jones
Professor Guide
7  Greg Jones    3 months ago

Either version or both...each is unique and special.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
7.1  Sparty On  replied to  Greg Jones @7    3 months ago

Israel’s cover of the song is next level stuff ....

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
7.2  JBB  replied to  Greg Jones @7    3 months ago

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devangelical
Professor Principal
8  devangelical    3 months ago

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
8.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  devangelical @8    3 months ago

So many better Offspring songs lol. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
8.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Thrawn 31 @8.1    3 months ago

eulogy theme. 2nd choice was pretty fly for a white guy.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
8.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @8    3 months ago

that one suits you

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
9  Greg Jones    3 months ago

Also would include these two.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
10  Perrie Halpern R.A.    3 months ago

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
11  pat wilson    3 months ago

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
12  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Somewhat different from what I chose 5 years ago, this time let's make it a concert.

First of all we'll start with Frank Sinatra singing the song Paul Anka wrote for him - My Way (LINK) ->

Then we'll listen to the magnificent voice of Andrea Bocelli singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (LINK) ->

Following that will be Neil Young singing 'Helpless', his song about his home town in North Ontario, accompanied by The Band with Joni Mitchell adding a bit to the chorus (at least Neil and Joni know me) (LINK) ->

And we'll wrap it up with the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the Ode to Joy (from the movie Copying Beethoven, one of the best versions of that composition I've ever heard) (LINK) ->

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
12.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12    3 months ago

That's going to be an awfully long funeral Buzz. It reminds me of when one of the keynote speakers at a BC graduation started his speech by recalling the longest commencement speech took place at Harvard University and ran over 2 hours long. Then he said "the good news is mine will only run about an hour and 30 minutes."

I don't want music at my funeral. A moment of silence at Saratoga Race Track & Foxwoods Casino will do just fine.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
12.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Vic Eldred @12.1    3 months ago

All 4 songs add up to 28 minutes, Vic.  That's not SO long.  Talking about so long, maybe I should add "So Long It's Been Good To Know You" at the end. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
12.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1.1    3 months ago

Good choice!

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
12.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @12.1    3 months ago
 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
13  Ed-NavDoc    3 months ago

Poems, Prayers, and Promises by John Denver.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
13.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @13    3 months ago

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
13.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @13.1    3 months ago

Thank you Sir!

 
 
 
Snuffy
Senior Guide
14  Snuffy    3 months ago

I've already told my ex-wife I want a mini-recorder in the casket with me, set to play the 'Pop goes the weasel" tune.  hehe..

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
Freshman Silent
14.1  Duck Hawk  replied to  Snuffy @14    3 months ago

that's hilarious! I love it, can I steal the idea?

 
 
 
Snuffy
Senior Guide
14.1.1  Snuffy  replied to  Duck Hawk @14.1    3 months ago

Gotta love the public domain.  Feel free,  I don't remember where I first got the idea but I'm sure it was from someone else too.

 
 
 
Dragon
Freshman Silent
15  Dragon    3 months ago

No funeral, no memorial service. To be cremated and spread over ocean and forest. IF a few family members want to gather, a few of songs I'd liked played:       

I'll Fly Away - Johnny Cash,

Mansion Over the Hilltop - Elvis

Sentimental Journey - Ella Fitzgerald 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
16  Trout Giggles    3 months ago

A memorial service is in order but no funeral. I have already told my family that if they don't play Rush's "Time Stand Still" I will come back to haunt them....in the form of a cat

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
17  Hallux    3 months ago

 
 
 
epistte
Junior Principal
17.1  epistte  replied to  Hallux @17    3 months ago

That is brilliant. They can barely keep a straight face.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
18  Kavika     3 months ago

Blood on the Raisers.

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Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
18.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Kavika @18    3 months ago

Told my wife I wanted this played if I died during a jump when I was assigned to the 82d.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
18.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @18.1    3 months ago

Once a Trooper always a Trooper.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
19  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 months ago

I think I would have to go with "I Don't Wanna Be Me" from Type O Negative.

Please don't dress in black
When you're at his wake
Don't go there to mourn
But to celebrate
Please don't dress in black
When you're at his wake
Don't go there to mourn
But to celebrate

 
 
 
Moose Knuckle
Freshman Participates
19.1  Moose Knuckle  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @19    3 months ago

Love Type O Negative!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
PhD Guide
19.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Moose Knuckle @19.1    3 months ago

That and Food For The Worms from Exodus come to mind as well.

 
 
 
evilgenius
PhD Guide
20  evilgenius    3 months ago

Maybe... Wish You Were Here. Roger Waters acoustic version.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
21  Sean Treacy    3 months ago

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
22  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

I’ll be dead.  Do whatever you want.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
23  CB     3 months ago

Revelation 22 1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of ]the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever.

NOTE: Thank you, JR for reminding me of what matters. (Smile.)

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
24  Kavika     3 months ago

When I die one child will be born to carry on in this world.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
25  mocowgirl    3 months ago

I would never be allowed by my loved ones to choose my own songs - probably for good reason.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
25.1  mocowgirl  replied to  mocowgirl @25    3 months ago

and

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
25.1.1  mocowgirl  replied to  mocowgirl @25.1    3 months ago

and

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
26  afrayedknot    3 months ago

Last Train Home, Praise, and Are You Going With Me…by Pat Metheny…please look any of these up and enjoy. Peace, all. 

 
 

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