Art and music are helpful ways to express our grief during a loss. It’s no wonder many musicians use their own experiences at a funeral as inspiration for their music.
Let’s look at a list of some songs about attending a loved one’s funeral.
Songs About The Funeral
“The Funeral Party” — The Cure
“I watched and acted wordlessly, as piece by piece you performed your story, moving through an unknown past, dancing at the funeral party…”
“Bang the Drum Slowly” — Emmylou Harris
“I meant to ask you how to fix that car. I always meant to ask you about the war. And what you saw across a bridge too far. Did it leave a scar?”
“Enough To Be On Your Way” — James Taylor
“They brought her back on a Friday night, same day I was born. We sent her up the smokestack, yes and back into the storm. She blew up over the San Juan Mountains, she spent herself at last…”
“The Light On The Shore” — Karine Polwart
“Are we old enough and bold enough to say goodbye? Old enough and bold enough that we do not need to cry? Well I’m not so old and not so bold I don’t need you more. Now the light is slowly beckoning you to the shore…”
“Three White Horses” — Andrew Bird
“Don’t dismiss it like it’s easy. Tell me what’s so easy. ‘Bout coming to say goodbye…”
“Your Long Journey” — Robert Plant
“God’s given us years of happiness here. Now we must part. And as the angels come and call for you. The pains of grief tug at my heart…”
“Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father” — Randy Newman
“Sing a sad song for a good man, sing a sad song for me…”
“The ’59 Sound” — The Gaslight Anthem
“Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time?”
“I Am Stretched on Your Grave” — Dead Can Dance (Remastered)
“I am stretched on your grave. And will lie there forever…”
“A Better Place” — Leah West
“Walk towards the light. Walk towards the light. It’ll be alright…”
What are some songs you’ve heard that are written about attending a funeral? Share with us in the comments below. Also, make sure to check out this list of memorial songs to remind you of a loved one.