Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me
Susan Walker has sent in her fourth list, the Marvin Gaye songs she would want played at her farewell.
"These are powerful songs for me. And I had to avoid some real favourites, like Let's Get it On.
"This may be a controversial list to play at a funeral, but they are such real and sometimes bittersweet emotions."
Mercy Mercy Me
From the 1971 album What’s Going On, when Marvin became politicised. But it’s also a song of confusion and bewilderment; emotions felt keenly when you lose someone close to you.
That's The Way Love Is
‘cause we humans ain't perfect, nor is love, but it's precious however imperfect and fragile.
This song expresses the deep, deep comfort from the physical attention of the one you love. It mends all the hurt of the day.
Abraham, Martin And John
This has special meaning for me. It's a song about the loss of someone young and the waste of that life. Marvin's voice is full of yearning and loss. I had this played at my husband's funeral. Oh, the tears.
Can I Get A Witness
To end upbeat, Just jump up and boogie on out, love life, we're still here, "don't you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?" yeah, as Marvin moans in Let's Get It On!
- Etta James: At Last
- Gladys Knight: The Way We Were
- Isley Brothers: This Old Heart Of Mine
- Dobie Gray: Drift Away
- Bobby Womack: California Dreamin'
- Aretha Franklin: People Get Ready
- Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
- The Stylistics: You Are Everything
- Hall and Oates: She's Gone
- Jimi Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
- Funeral Songs
- Ray Charles: I Can't Stop Loving You
- Small Faces: Itchycoo Park
- Al Green: For The Good Times
- Noel Pointer: Stardust Lady