Funeral songs posted on Rock and Roll Tribe
Mark Wallace posted this on Rock and Roll Tribe a few days ago.
"Myself and some friends were having a few drinks recently and the subject of what music we would like to have played at our funerals came up…I would want to go out to something which reflected who I was and what music I enjoyed."
Mark suggested some tracks and other visitors posted others.
Thanks to all who’ve contributed their farewell tracks.
In My Time Of Dying: Led Zeppelin
From the excellent Physical Graffiti this is Zep in prime blues rock mode, all 11 minutes of it. Fantastic drumming and guitar playing.
Spirit In The Sky: Norman Greenbaum
Yep, when you die and they lay you to rest, you’ll go to the place that’s the best.
Benedictus: The Strawbs
Prog folk rock from great and lamented English band The Strawbs. The instrumental break is a dulcimer played through a fuzz box.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper: Blue Oyster Cult
One of their biggest hits, an enduring favourite on rock stations. Everything a rock song should be, and very well played, sung and produced.
Love Takes Care: The Angels
First of two great rock songs from Australian band The Angels.
Be With You: The Angels
Lovely love song given a heavy rock treatment.
All Things Must Pass: George Harrison
If any pop song talks about the temporary nature of life, love and the good times, it’s this beautifully understated song from George Harrison.
Pass In Time: Beth Orton
A revelation. One of the best songs we’ve heard. Just great…please listen to understand how good this track is, how suitable as a farewell song. Thanks to Stan Schwieger for choosing it.
Birds: Nils Lofgren
This beautiful song would be a heart wrenching farewell to a lover or at a funeral.
Love Is Our Cross To Bear: John Gorka
Gail Manchester, who also selected Birds, wrote the following:
“This week marks 13 years since we lost our oldest son at age nine to cancer. This song was played at his service. ‘Love is Our Cross to Bear’.”