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Old 05-27-2016, 02:34 PM   #41
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There is no need for anyone else to record that song. No one will ever do it as well as KD Lang
AHEM. cough cough Jeff Buckley cough cough
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:34 PM   #42
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Funeral for a Friend Elton John

Not somber nor topical if you read the lyrics, but it would make me smile from the grave: Goodbye Goodbye by Oingo Boingo.
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:08 PM   #43
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If you like sad (sounding) songs, here is my favorite (:



It was used in the Ken Burns series THE CIVIL WAR.

There are numerous versions available.

Some folks seem to like Sarah McLachlan's Arms of an Angel



Since the song is actually about heroin addiction, it never appealed to me for a funeral, but I have heard it used and it is very beautiful.

Hope you don't need any of these songs for a very long time!!
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Another Mark Knopfler (THE man for lyrics) Heart full of Holes



"Well, if we go to heaven
And some say we don't
But if there's a reckoning day
Please God, I'll see you
And maybe I won't
I've a bag packed to go either way

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It's a wonder to me -
I still don't understand
Why I ever survived to be old
With a heart full of holes
A heart full of holes
A heart full of holes"
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:49 PM   #45
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Funerals are for the living. I have an agnostic viewpoint about death: not atheist, but just saying that I don't know. Still, considering a myriad of possibilities, I seriously doubt that I am going to even be able to hear any music that is played. Why should I pick the songs, when possibly the songs I pick might not even be liked by anybody in attendance?

So, I am thinking that anyone nice enough to attend a funeral for me, should be allowed pick a song for the playlist if they want to.

If they need one song from me, to get started and set the tone, then here:

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I haven't given it much thought. My wife says she wants this one, at least among the secular songs in the memorial service:

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Blunt: "El Paso"
"Streets of Laredo"

final two verses:


When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay.
We took the young cowboy down to the green valley,
And there stands his marker, we made, to this day.


We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly,
Played the dead march as we carried him along.
Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him.
He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.
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Willie Nelson has been suggested. Alison Krauss has been suggested.

Here's Allison singing a Willie song:

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Keep Me in Your Heart....Warren Zevon. I plan on having it played at my funeral.
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Just thought of another one -

Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson. The best recording is by Conspirare but it's not available on YouTube. This one is the best I found:
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I once sang this duet at a funeral

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Didn't remember that Webber did a Requiem. Beautiful piece, Gumby.
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How about some Clapton?

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Old 05-27-2016, 10:31 PM   #54
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Ripple by the Grateful Dead

Very good. From your "Ripple" to "Black Peter":



The Annotated "Black Peter"

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All of my friends come to see me last night
I was laying in my bed and dying
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Just want to have
a little peace to die
and a friend or two
I love at hand
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See here how everything
lead up to this day
and it's just like
any other day
that's ever been
Sun goin up
and then the
sun it goin down
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People may know but
the people don't care
that a man could be
as poor as me...
"Take a look at poor Peter
he's lyin in pain
now let's go run
and see" ....
Actually, the line "See here how everything lead up to this day" was one I was singing on the days leading up to my retirement. It did seem that so many events, a lot of work and planning, and a goodly measure of luck "led up to this day".

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