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Farewell songs picked up along the way

These are songs with lyrics that have a farewell message, and which you should consider for the final event.

If you have songs that have a farewell message, send them in and we'll put them on the website. Please add a few words saying why you've chosen them. 

My Last Song I Sing For You: Raphael Oyelade

This looks back on a life of love with a special person, and the pain that occurs when you know that life is ending, or that love is ending. A beautiful and touching song: 'My last song I sing for you/A thanks for the things you do/Your smile, your love so true/My last song I sing for you/...You gave your love, I gave my heart/This song's my gift now we part.' Listen and enjoy.

I Know You By Heart: Eva Cassidy

A haunting, simple and deeply moving song that defines a special and deep love. Eva Cassidy died tragically at the age of 33. This song describes her memories of her lover: 'I saw your sweet smile/I heard your laughter/You're still here beside me every day/Because I know you by heart.'

We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn

A wonderful song that lifted the spirits of the Allied forces in the second world war, and the country, with its optimistic message. It says that whatever might happen, we will indeed meet again, 'don't know where, don't when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day.' Thanks Vera on behalf of countless millions of people.

It Was A Very Good Year: Frank Sinatra

A nostalgic look back from the autumn of his life to different ages, with a wonderful poignancy which captures the hedonistic delights of 'City girls, who lived up the stairs...and came undone when I was 21'  and 'Blue blooded girls of independent means...we'ld ride in limosines./Their chauffeurs would drive, when I was 35.'

Sunshine On My Shoulders: John Denver

Romantic, wistful and simple, this is John Denver at his best with an understanded emotional tug at the heartstrings that has the strange quality of making the listener feel happy and sad at the same time. 'If I had a tale that I could tell you/I'd tell a tale sure to make you smile./If I had a wish that I could wish for you, I'd make a wish for sunshine for all the while.' Pass the tissues...


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