Best Funeral Songs
Songs of memory and songs of love. The Best Funeral Songs is a collection of pop and classic rock hits from the ages that are appropriate for a number of situations. These are some of Obit's favorites. (Click Play Buttons to Preview)
1. Father and Son - Cat Stevens
The vicissitudes of life offered in rich baritone and simple guitars.
I was once like you are now
And I know that it's not easy
To be calm when you've found
Something going on
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits or Sheet Music: ]
2. Pictures of You - The Cure
This 80s new wave song gives substance to the intangibility of loss.
i've been looking so long at these pictures of
you that i almost beleive that they're real i've
been living so long with my pictures of you that
i almost believe that the pictures are all i can feel.
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Disintegration or Sheet Music: ]
3. The Best - Tina Turner
This song leaves no room for interpretation. Play this for the best person you've ever met.
In your heart I see the star of every night and every day
In your eyes I get lost, I get washed away
Just as long as I'm here in your arms
I could be in no better place.
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Simply the Best or Sheet Music: ]
4. Goin' Back - Dusty Springfield
Dusty's ethereal voice reflects upon lessons learned in youth and gently offers the directive; "play the game of life to win."
But thinking young
And growing older
Is no sin
And I can play
The game of life to win
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: or CD: Goin' Back: Very Best Of Dusty Springfield]
5. Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Sir Elton's tribute, originally written for Marilyn Monroe, became an archetypal song of loss and tribute after Princess Diana's death in 1997. A popular song that highlights the strength, grace and frailty of life.
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or Sheet Music: ]
6. Circle of Life - Elton John
Originally written for the 1995 animated film, "The Lion King," Elton John's song helps connect our lives with the great tapestry of existence.
From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: The Lion King: Special Edition or Sheet Music: ]
7. Amazing Grace - Elvis
The traditional spiritual gets the King's treatment.
Through many dangers, Toils and snares
I have already come, T'was grace that brought me
Safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances or Sheet Music: ]
8. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Written after the sudden death of Eric Clapton's infant child, "Tears in Heaven" offers a soft condolence to those grieving their own loss.
Beyond the door
There's peace I'm sure.
And I know there'll be no more...
Tears in heaven.
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: Complete Clapton or Sheet Music: ]
9. My Way - Frank Sinatra
For those who did things the way they wanted. Ol' Blue Eyes belts one of the most popular songs played at funerals.
Regrets, I've had a few, But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: My Way or Sheet Music: ]
10. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
This song says that through a lifetime of experience, good days and bad, love will endure.
I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again.
[Full lyrics] [Buy MP3: , CD: The Best of James Taylor or Sheet Music: ]
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