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Topic: Funeral Songs

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On manillascissor wrote:

Not to dredge in misery, but we’ve touched on this subject before. What songs would you (SERIOUSLY) want played at your funeral?

I’ve not given this much thought, so I have nothing to contribute at this time.

Remember, funerals are about celebrating life, not mourning it, so hopefully you don’t think I’m gonna off myself or something. I’m just curious.

in my time of dying
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On Anonymous wrote:

well…who would think that with a thread like this and that avatar :?
:(
no contributions atm..never thought about it beyond cremate me and toss me in the water

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On blueczarina wrote:

i haven’t thought much about my funeral :wink: i’m not sure what song would be a good one.

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On last_rose_of_summer wrote:

i haven’t thought much about it either.

sorry to not really answer your question…

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On manillascissor wrote:

this was played at my grandmother’s funeral. made me choke up big time.

Billie Holiday – I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through.

In that small cafe;
The park across the way;
The children’s carousel;
The chestnut trees;
The wishin’ well.

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day;
In every thing that’s light and gay.
I’ll always think of you that way.

I’ll find you
In the morning sun
And when the night is new.
I’ll be looking at the moon,
But I’ll be seeing you.

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day;
In every thing that’s light and gay.
I’ll always think of you that way.

I’ll find you
In the morning sun
And when the night is new.
I’ll be looking at the moon,
But I’ll be seeing you.

in my time of dying
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On manillascissor wrote:

And my father’s funeral:

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I’ll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

(instrumental)

Beyond the door
There’s peace I’m sure.
And I know there’ll be no more…
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

in my time of dying
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On last_rose_of_summer wrote:

aw, i know it’s hard every time you hear one of those songs. it’s hard when i hear a few elvis songs that my grandmother really loved.

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On Arthur wrote:

In Holland, on a standard funeral, we can pick 3 songs for the ceremony. I have many times thought that I wanted 3 Smashing Pumpkins songs to be played, but sometimes I think I should not do that. There are so many more bands I like that should be honored. So, for the moment I stick to these 3.

Hallo Venray – Tuck, The Man
Smashing Pumpkins – Soma (this one WILL be played, whatever happens)
Rainbow – Stargazer

Please, listen to that first song of Hallo Venray. It’s heartbreaking. I just listened again, and I get all teary… :oops:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZrxagxJi3M[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i8mWgbCH5g[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzsJfhuN3EQ[/youtube]

Tuck is a man
and he likes to be a man
and he knows he can love a woman that way

Tuck wants to be an actor
he doesn’t mention it that much
he says it’s a dream but it doesn’t pay

Tuck was good at school
that’s where he met his first girlfriend
and he’s still with her up to this day

Tuck has a job
and he likes to work hard
and he knows he can pay the bills he has to pay

one day I’m gonna be an actor
and sing a song to the girl I’m after
I’ve been waiting so long I want to have her
and my love is so strong
I’ll die if I won’ t have her

and when I get to her lips
we’ll give a kiss
and fill the emptiness
we felt so long in our hearts

she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun with the sun with the sun in her eyes

Tuck is a man
and he likes to be a man
and he knows he can love a woman that way

Tuck is doing the best he can
and he says doing less
would be wrong the wrong thing to do

one day I’m gonna be an actor
and sing a song to the girl I’m after
I’ve been waiting so long I want to have her
and my love is so strong
I’ll die if I won’ t have her

and when I get to her lips
we’ll give a kiss
and fill the emptiness
we felt so long in our hearts

she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun with the sun with the sun in her eyes

she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun in her eyes
she’ll be the one with the sun with the sun with the sun in her eyes

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On amnesia wrote:

I haven´t thought about it either really, maybe this song with Depeche mode called Death´s Door

Well I’m knocking on Death’s door
Will I take my rest
Among the blessed?

Mother are you waiting?
Father are you pacing?
I’m coming home

I’m knocking on Death’s door
come to take my rest
In my sunday best?

Mother are you anxious?
Father are you gracious?
I’m coming home

I’ve been away so long
For so long it was strong
I’ve been away so long
I know that it was wrong
But I’m coming home

Well I’m knocking on Death’s door
Will I take my rest?
Have I passed the test?

Mother are you praying?
Father I’m saying
I’m coming home

In loving memory of Bimbolin.
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On Pipoka wrote:

we don’t play songs in funerals… :roll:

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On blueczarina wrote:

why?

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On Pipoka wrote:

I don’t know!
I think it’s just a cultural difference… when i read the topic i was like \"wow! they really play songs in a funeral?! :roll: \" and then i read Arthur’s post and i was like \"wow! 3 songs in a funeral!\"

I NEVER heard a song in a funeral…. never! and i didn’t know that somewhere else that’s normal…

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On last_rose_of_summer wrote:

it’s weird, just how different other cultures than our own seem to be. if we never talked to each other online then we would never learn so many different things about other places in the world :)

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On blueczarina wrote:

yeah, i thought it was normal to have songs. it is interesting to learn about different places though. :)

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On Arthur wrote:

I don’t know!
I think it’s just a cultural difference… when i read the topic i was like "wow! they really play songs in a funeral?![/quote:wq271ue7]
Yeah, here in Holland it’s rather standard. The whole ceremony takes about 45 minutes, up to 1 hour, and when people enter the room with the coffin, then the first song is being played. In the middle of the ceremony there is song #2, and at the end, when people slowly leave the room again, there is song #3. Around the songs there is poetry and speeches and religious crap for the people that think they have been called by their gods. All funerals I’ve been to were kinda like this. There was one that had a band playing the songs live, instead of stereo based. For example, when my Mum died last year, I picked 3 songs of the Greek singer Nana Mouskouri (in Greek language: Nάνα Μούσχουρη) for her, as she put in her will…

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On manillascissor wrote:

Yeah, my mom and stepfather have provided me a list of songs to choose from that they want played at their funeral. It sucks thinking about it, but is nice to get out of the way so you’re not overwhelmed with all the little choices when they do pass. It’s best to have it all planned out.

in my time of dying
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On Arthur wrote:

It’s best to have it all planned out.[/quote:1yesx2j4]
True. Still, be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions and things to do and arrange, when you’re in the situation…

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Anonymous wrote:

Yeah, my mom and stepfather have provided me a list of songs to choose from that they want played at their funeral. It sucks thinking about it, but is nice to get out of the way so you’re not overwhelmed with all the little choices when they do pass. It’s best to have it all planned out.[/quote:1ownji28]
my parents have their stuff together I think..as much as I love my parents and will end up being the one who handles all that stuff, yes, I said stuff..sometimes I would just love to see how my 2 brothers could handle that..lol
it would never get done in a timely manner, They would become rotting corpses probably :?

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On Arthur wrote:

This was on my list also for my funeral. Goose bumps.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t40INnb6DnY[/youtube]

And this one too.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS_e7xzAAMg[/youtube]

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Anonymous wrote:

wow great songs^^^
I would really have to think about this one day and I really don’t want to
:?

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On manillascissor wrote:

This was on my list also for my funeral. Goose bumps.
[/quote:257xgk6k]

Interesting pic for a funeral.

"Various places in New Orleans, Louisiana have been proposed as the inspiration for the song, with varying plausibility. The phrase "House of the Rising Sun" is often understood as a euphemism for a brothel, but it is not known whether or not the house described in the lyrics was an actual or fictitious place. One theory speculated the song is about a daughter who killed her father, an alcoholic gambler who had beaten his wife. Therefore, the House of the Rising Sun may be a jail-house, from which one would be the first person to see the sun rise (an idea supported by the lyric mentioning "a ball and chain," though that phrase has been used as slang to describe marital relationships for at least as long as the song has been in print). Because the song was often sung by women, another theory is that the House of the Rising Sun was where prostitutes were detained while they were treated for syphilis. Since cures with mercury were ineffective, going back was very likely."

-taken from wikipedia.org

in my time of dying
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On Arthur wrote:

Interesting pic for a funeral.[/quote:2irxc82g]
Hehe, yeah, I know. But I have a long long history with that song, and especially with this version of Frijid Pink. First of all, it fucking ROCKS. The phrase "Oh mother, tell your children not to do what I have done" is giving me goose bumps. Same with that guitar sounds. Secondly, we did a rendition of House Of The Rising Sun with my band De Olijcke Nood (The Happy Need) on a Dutch text about the school we were attending at that time, when I was like 17-18 years old. Later, when I was a political activist in my twenties, I did another rendition of this song with a few others, on a political camp weekend, with a professional blues band that played there on Saturday night. So I was on stage again, doing this song again. So cool, so many memories… 8)

That other song "This Is The Life I Live" is an early 1960’s song from a Dutch garagerock band called Q65. They are from Den Haag, the place I live now. It’s a song that has given me a lot of self-esteem over the years, that I owe nobody anything, welll, in a way, hope you get what I mean. That other band above "Hallo Venray" (did anyone listen already? What do you think? :wink: ) is also from Den Haag, by the way.

Now that I’m getting into this subject anyway, there is another song that is on my list. It’s from a Frisian band called Reboelje (when 1 of the singers left a few years ago, they renamed themselves to Swee). There is an ugly version of their song "Dream Hynder" (Dream Horse) on YouTube, but the studio version is way better. Goose bumps also. Try it anyway, if you like. It’s about a guy that wants to follow his dream horse everywhere it goes, away from the earthly sorrows. But nobody will understand that I guess, as it’s sung in the Frisian language, hehehe!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc6-GjKABpc[/youtube]

As I can probably only have 3 songs to be played on my funeral, I always had the idea of giving the people that attend my funeral a cd with my most favourite songs, like 10 or 15 of them. I’ll come back with other songs that are going to be on that cd (16 Horsepower, Earth And Fire (NOT to be mistaken with Earth, Wind And Fire! :lol: ) and others). I’m starting to like this topic!

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Arthur wrote:

This is the translated text of Swee – Dream Hynder.

Carry me over the borders
The borders of life
Take me where it is smooth
Take me where it is light
Take me to a place where it is good and honest
Dream horse, fly horse, fly
Where you go
I want to go also

The ground I’m standing on is black and ugly
And around me the day grabs me tight
The wall around our house is high, so high
I don’t see the daylight, so high
I don’t hear people, so high
I don’t see the world
Where people
Have fun, and laugh out loud
Making up their villages, having festivals
Clap their hands, tell jokes
Drink, dance, talk about everything
And about nothing

But me, me with my angry heart
I can not, I can not
I can not do it

Through the purple foam I feel death
But life is still so big
And fills my square with pure red
Lights still bumps my ears
All the time, all the time again
My life, my good life
So unreachable far away
It burns like a fire in me

Dream horse, fly horse, fly
Carry me over the borders
Where you go
I want to go also

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Return To Comfort wrote:

Go Rest High on That Mountain–Vince Gill

I know your life
on earth was troubled
and only you could know the pain.
You weren’t afraid to face the devil,
you were no stranger to the rain.

Go rest high on that mountain
son,your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
love for the Father and the Son.

Oh,how we cried the day you left us
we gathered round your grave to grieve.
I wish i could see the angels faces
when they hear your sweet voice sing.

Go rest high on that mountain
son,your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
love for the Father and the Son.

be my mirror, my sword, my shield
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On Arthur wrote:

Start calling me names, but this song is going to be on that cd also. It was the first song in my early youth that actually made me cry. And I still love this song, a while back I bought the original 7\" of it… :D

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3pFp6NtuGs[/youtube]

16 Horsepower, my second love after Smashing Pumpkins, will be on the cd too of course. So intense…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcg5WnShwHQ[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIRQfzUjDBE[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1r-hTGkmQg[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJiTdSqJ3gw[/youtube]

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Anonymous wrote:

Muzzle could work for my funeral song

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On Pipoka wrote:

it’s weird, just how different other cultures than our own seem to be. if we never talked to each other online then we would never learn so many different things about other places in the world :)[/quote:327wul35]

True!

When I went to Mexico, we saw a video on our way to Chichen Itza about "Day of the Dead" "Dia de los Muertos" and I was shocked to know that there are people that spend the night in the cemetery, next to graves with cakes and stuff like that!

"Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there – in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make elaborately decorated altars (sometimes called ofrendas) in their homes to welcome the spirits."

"The spirits are greeted with offerings of food and things that the person enjoyed in life. These are laid out on a Day of the Dead altar in the family home. It is believed that the spirits consume the essence and the aroma of the foods that are offered. When the spirits depart, the living consume the food and share it with their family, friends and neighbors."

http://gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsh … e_dead.htm

I took a pic of a traditional mexican cemetery

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On blueczarina wrote:

fancy 8)

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On last_rose_of_summer wrote:

yeah i’ve heard about that. when i was in texas they had lots of day of the dead stuff in the gift shops. i took a pic of a cemetary… it is a very old one next to the ghost town in Terlingua, TX. we left to come home the day before their celebration took place.

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On Anonymous wrote:

that pic looks like sacred grounds rose
8)

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On last_rose_of_summer wrote:

it probably is… i dunno… i didn’t go in there, just took a pic from a distance :P

but isn’t it pretty? all the mountains in the background and stuff? :)

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On manillascissor wrote:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4[/youtube]

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvwHi0hPHrM[/youtube]

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