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Posted: 2/17/2006 9:45:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 10:14:38 AM EDT by Penrod]
My friend died at home last Tuesday night and wasn't found until Thursday at noon. Burial was Tuesday. The songs that were picked by his mom and kids were all very fitting and it got me to thinking. What songs do you want played at your funeral. The only ones I can think of right now are "Jesus and Momma always loved me", by Confederate Railroad and "Choices'' by George Jones.

Taps at the grave side service is a given. I just hope the guys from Ft Campbell use an actual trumpet player and not a damn jam box.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:53:12 AM EDT
Sorry about your friend.
I want "Who wants to live forever" by Queen at mine.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:54:36 AM EDT
"Amazing Grace"
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:55:47 AM EDT
"Nutshell" By Alice In Chains. Actually any AIC unplugged song will do
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:56:58 AM EDT
Prop me up beside the juke box when I die.
Oooooo that smell, what the hell's that smell.

Two good ones.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:57:42 AM EDT
I want "dirt on the Grave" by Black label society or "in this river"
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:59:40 AM EDT
Sorry to hear about your friend. It's tough losing a loved one!


Being of German decent and very interested in WW2. I would like to have "Ich hatte einen Kameraden" played at my funeral.

Ich hatte einen Kameraden

Once you understand what they're singing, it's very moving!
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 9:59:42 AM EDT
amazing grace with bagpipes
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:02:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 10:06:34 AM EDT by wildearp]
"Really Gonna Miss You". Smokie Robinson

http://www.thetemptations.com/

Temptations Forever

This song played at graveside will not leave a dry eye, even for the strongest individual.


"The Dance" Garth Brooks is a must play.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:03:31 AM EDT
"Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zep.
"See you on the otherside" by OZZY
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:05:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jmboom:
amazing grace with bagpipes



+1
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:13:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wildearp:
"Really Gonna Miss You". Smokie Robinson

http://www.thetemptations.com/

Temptations Forever

This song played at graveside will not leave a dry eye, even for the strongest individual.

I'll have to check that one out. My wifes already informed me the when Taps is played she'll totally lose it.


"The Dance" Garth Brooks is a must play.

Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:15:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Explorer-Z:

Originally Posted By jmboom:
amazing grace with bagpipes



+1



+2

Throw in "Mansions of the Lord", and I'm done.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:22:40 AM EDT
"Echoes" by Pink Floyd
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:28:05 AM EDT
'farther along' by mississippi john hurt..

or for the people who are serious about funeral music... chopin's funeral march.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:30:11 AM EDT
Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky

When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that's the best

Prepare yourself you know it's a must
Gotta have a friend in Jesus
So you know that when you die
He's gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
Gonna recommend you
To the spirit in the sky
That's where you're gonna go when you die
When you die and they lay you to rest
You're gonna go to the place that's the best

Never been a sinner I never sinned
I got a friend in Jesus
So you know that when I die
He's gonna set me up with
The spirit in the sky
Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
That's where I'm gonna go when I die
When I die and they lay me to rest
I'm gonna go to the place that's the best
Go to the place that's the best
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:38:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jmboom:
amazing grace with bagpipes



Bagpipe. Singular. More than one takes away too much.

Garth Brooke's The Dance is a good one. At my ex's grandmother's funeral they played Holes in the Floor of Heaven. I think everybody cried. I think I held it to just misty eyed.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:40:15 AM EDT
Fade To Black - Metallica
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:41:42 AM EDT
Mine funeral will be very short and simple. Those at Arlington always are. Pretty sure they have the music thing down pat...

Arlington Burials
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:43:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 11:44:04 AM EDT by luxs]
Little Wings Hendrixs instrumental.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 12:41:49 PM EDT
"The Show Must Go On" by Queen.

-James
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 12:51:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2006 12:52:31 PM EDT by Gaz]

Originally Posted By Lakeguy:
"Echoes" by Pink Floyd



Make it "Wish you were here" and you have a winner

Also Amazing Grace with the full Bagpipe, drums regiment
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 12:55:16 PM EDT
"Just fire-up the burners" by Crematorium.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:12:08 PM EDT
The 1000-year-old Celtic hymn: Be Thou My Vision

When played and sung (in English) properly, it is incredibly beautiful and moving.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:29:19 PM EDT
Time Pink Floyd
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:33:00 PM EDT
"Life Without You" -Stevie Ray Vaughn
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:35:27 PM EDT
At my best bud's funeral a few years ago they played Free Bird.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:39:32 PM EDT
You've Got A Friend - James Taylor

When your down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
And you know whereever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
To see you again.

Winter, spring , summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a freind.

If the sky above you
Should turn dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll comning running to see you again.

Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you got to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a freind?

People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.
You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.

Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.

You’ve got a freind.
You’ve got a freind.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a freind.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a freind.
You’ve got a freind.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 1:55:41 PM EDT
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"

The road is long, with many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where, who knows where
But I'm strong, strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy - he's my brother

So on we go, his welfare is my concern
No burden is he to bare, we'll get there
For I know he would not encumber me
He ain't heavy - he's my brother

If I'm laden at all, I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart isn't filled with gladness of love for one another
It's a long long road from which there is no return
While we're on our way to there, why not share
And the load, it doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy - he's my brother
He ain't heavy - he's my brother, he's my brother, he's my brother
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 2:38:18 PM EDT
"Angel Band" from the "O Brother, Where art Thou" soundtrack.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 2:42:37 PM EDT
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 2:45:52 PM EDT
adagio for strings by Barber or Nimrod From Enigma Variations - Elgar
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:05:51 PM EDT
"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" by a good Dixieland band. A slow drag the first two choruses, then on the last chorus, uptempo and dance out the door.

Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:14:15 PM EDT
actually had to figure this out for a final requests sheet they made us fill out b4 we deployed to iraq.

Fred Bear, (by the nuge of course)

that probably says alot about my life, even to someone whos never met me.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:15:46 PM EDT
James Taylor- Fire and Rain

Allison Krauss- I'll Fly Away

or

Amazing Grace on Bagpipes
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:17:36 PM EDT
For the death of a child: Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:20:18 PM EDT
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. that's just awful.

+1 for a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace

I actually planned out my funeral service so my loved ones wouldn't have to do it... (made it a resolution after we buried my grandparents and I saw what my mom and her siblings had to go through...)

One of the things I included was a list of readings I wanted (All is Well, Miss Me but Let Me Go, and Psalm 23) and a list of "A Bit About Me" questions and answers to augment what they know with the things I've never shared... it's kinda like those games where you have to answer the weird questions like what's your greatest fear, what's your perfect day, what were your favorite family get-togethers... If you want the whole list, IM/email me... I wish my grandparents would have done something like this... As much as you think you know someone, there are always things that aren't shared because they never come up...
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:21:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shastacles:
"Amazing Grace"



Only if played on bagpipes or sung by a gospel choir.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:26:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Will-Rogers:
For the death of a child: Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton



or Hello, Goodbye by Michael W. Smith...

Where’s the navigator of your destiny
Where is the dealer of this hand
Who can explain
Life and its brevity
‘Cause there is nothing here
That I can understand
You and I
Have barely met
And I just don’t want to let go of you yet…

Noah, sweet child of mine
I’ll see you on the other side

And so I hold your tiny hand in mine
For the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face
Heaven calls for you
Before it calls for me
When you get there save me a place
A place where I can share your smile
And I can hold you for more than just awhile
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:35:17 PM EDT
Pale Blue, by Toad the Wet Sprocket, off the "Bread and Circus" album I would want to have this played at my funeral, and should circumstances provide, would like to be listening to it when I die.



Azul palido
As death it waits for me
After storms
And after pouring rain
Vainest thunder
Pale blue remains
Azul palido
As death it follows me
Mocking weather
An attempt in vain
Weakest thunder
Laughing at the rain
Azul palido
As death it comforts me
After storms
And after pouring rain
Crashing thunder
Pale blue remains
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:44:42 PM EDT
I didn't want to say goodbye to you, by Ari Hest
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:48:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:52:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shastacles:
"Amazing Grace"

With bagpipes, Its a fireman thing, it and taps get me every time.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:53:05 PM EDT
Dust in the wind - Kansas
Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:56:10 PM EDT
Black baritone singer singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 3:57:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:18:39 PM EDT
As redneck as it sounds Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird

Just so I could hear it one more time.
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 4:23:09 PM EDT
MY WAY by Elvis P.
And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full.
I’ve traveled each and ev’ry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

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,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.
I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!
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