20 Songs For My Funeral

bereavementA couple of weeks ago I wrote about a survey conducted in Britain to learn what the most requested funeral songs are. Naturally, this got me wondering what songs I'd choose for my funeral.

I'm really hoping my funeral is so far in the distance that I'll have plenty of time to revise this list over the years, but after a couple of weeks of thought, here are twenty songs for my funeral.

I Am Mine - Pearl Jam
"I know I was born
And I know that I'll die
The in between is mine
I am mine."

Fiddler's Green - The Tragically Hip
"He doesn't know a soul
And there's nowhere that he's really been
But he won't travel long alone
No, not in Fiddler's Green."

So Gently We Go - I Mother Earth
"I've heard the sound
That silence makes
And I realize the world
Can break
From the inside out
Or outside in
On a breath of wind."

Danny Boy - Johnny Cash
"Oh Danny boy
the pipes the pipes are calling
from glen to glen and down the mountain side
the summer's gone and all the roses falling
it's you it's you must go and I must bide."

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
"I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah."

O Death - Ralph Stanley
"O, Death
Won't you spare me over til another year
Well what is this that I can't see
With ice cold hands takin' hold of me
Well I am death, none can excel
I'll open the door to heaven or hell."

In My Life - The Beatles
"Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more."

The Circle Game - Joni Mitchell
"And the seasons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down.
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game."

Fire and Rain - James Taylor
"Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now."

Mad Word - Michael Andrews f/ Gary Jules
"And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow."

All Apologies - Nirvana
"All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are."

Angel - Jimi Hendrix
"And I said "fly on my sweet angel,
fly on through the sky,
fly on my sweet angel,
forever I will be by your side"."

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
"So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?"

Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
"Momma take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore
It's getting dark, too dark to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."

Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
"Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind."

Everything In Its Right Place - Radiohead
"Everything, everything, everything, everything...
In its right place
In its right place
In its right place
Right place."

The End - The Doors
"This is the end, Beautiful friend
This is the end, My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me."

Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
"And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round."

The Long Road - Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
"Will I walk the long road?
I cannot stay
There's no need to say goodbye
Oh, the friends and family...
All the memories going round
Round, round round..."

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"If I leave here tomorrow,
would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now.
'Cause there's too many places I've gotta see."


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Mary Boon

A wonderful thing for a mother to read on a Sunday morning!

October 15, 2006 @ 8:54 AM

Roshan

I would put "I Will Remember You" (Sarah McLachlan), "All I Want Is Everything" (Def Leppard), "Down In A Hole" (Alice In Chains), "Theif" (Our Lady Peace), "In My Time Of Dying" (Big Sugar), "Superman's Song" (Crash Test Dummies),

October 16, 2006 @ 5:11 PM

Darlene

We used I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan at my mothers funeral back in July, I cant really listen to it anymore without thinking of my mom or without tearing up.

October 22, 2006 @ 7:59 PM

Remme

The Album Leaf - Streamside

January 25, 2007 @ 10:10 AM

Gbs

Hope you live a long long time - but you don't need to change the list much, it's way fine!

November 26, 2007 @ 3:15 PM

Joeleen

Just wondering if you might remember a song that I'd hear back in the early to mid 90s about a balloon taking off into the sky. Always thought it would be nice for a funeral of a child or for a child who has lost a parent.

December 15, 2007 @ 5:46 PM


Annemarie

With the passing of my Mom's very good friend yesterday, I'm in that frame of mind. I would have The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" and Jann Arden's "Will You Remember Me".

April 25, 2008 @ 2:16 PM

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February 4, 2010 @ 5:35 PM

Seaqn

Strange, I am listening to Fiddlers Green right now, and thinking how this would be a song I would want played at my funeral. So I google "Fiddlers green funeral song" and low and behold I get this article. And I am from the GTA.

April 16, 2010 @ 12:12 PM

Seaqn

Strange, I am listening to Fiddlers Green right now, and thinking how this would be a song I would want played at my funeral. So I google "Fiddlers green funeral song" and low and behold I get this article. And I am from the GTA.

April 16, 2010 @ 12:12 PM


Meira

" I will not die, I'll Touch the Sky, I can see you in my funeral..." Funeral by:

Dark Memory (Portugal)
myspace.com/darkmemoryband

September 12, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

Meira

" I will not die, I'll Touch the Sky, I can see you in my funeral..." Funeral by:

Dark Memory (Portugal)
myspace.com/darkmemoryband

September 12, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

bsmntdwllr73

Top 5 song choices for my eventual funeral (which will either be Viking in nature or I'll just be left on the side of some abandoned side street as a rotund snack for the crows. Either is totally copacetic with me!!!) In all honesty, my brother purchased the plot beside my mother when she died, so I'll probably end up there if I go first (and he's now married). Real charming Jewish cemetery in Hamilton, with a plethora of planes constantly flying too low-CLASSY!!)

#1."Road To Nowhere"-Talking Heads
#2. "Wasted Years"-Acoustic version by Damone, not Iron Maiden's original.
#3. "Pathetique-Sonata No. 8"-Beethoven
#4. "Was It All Worth It"-Queen
#5. "Fade To Black"-Metallica

November 24, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

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