7 + 2 Funeral Songs For Musicians

Funeral Helper

All songs from today’s and yesterday’s post can be found at www.funeralhelper.co They have a Musical Directory of songs for funerals. 

I found the site to have a lot of beautiful poems and readings.  In all seriousness, I am impressed with Funeral Helper and I hope you will explore the site.


Here are the “unique” song suggestions for a musician’s funeral with some of the lyrics.

“Dream On” – Aerosmith – Lyrics by Steven Tyler – I can understand this one being played at a funeral.

Sing with me Sing for the years

Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears

Sing with me, if it’s just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will takeyou away


Dream On, Dream On, Dream On

Dream until your dreams come true.

Dream On, Dream On, Dream On

Dream Until your dreams come through,

Dream On, Dream On, Dream On

Dream On, Dream On,

Dream On, Dream On

“The Show Must Go On” – Queen – A classic song by one of rock’s great groups.  I loved it’s use in the musical “Moulin Rouge.”  I can easily see someone wanting this played at his/her funeral.

Whatever happens, I’ll leave it all to chance.
Another heartache – another failed romance.
The Show must go on!
The Show must go on! Yeah,yeah!
Ooh! Inside my heart is breaking!
My make-up may be flaking…
But my smile, still, stays on!
Yeah! oh oh oh

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,
I can fly, my friends!

The Show must go on! Yeah!
The Show must go on!
I’ll face it with a grin!
I’m never giving in!
On with the show!

“Always look on the Bright Side of Life” – Lyrics by Eric Idle – Performed by Monty Python – Finally, something by Monty Python that I “get.”  As part of after prom my senior year, we went to a theatre to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  I was so impressed I fell asleep.

If life seems jolly rotten,
There’s something you’ve forgotten,
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you’re feeling in the dumps,
Don’t be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle.
That’s the thing.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Always look on the right side of life,
For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin.
Give the audience a grin.
Enjoy it. It’s your last chance, anyhow.

Always look on the bright side of death,

Just before you draw your terminal breath.

 “Alabama Song” – The Doors – Lyrics By Bertolt Brecht and KurtWeillI have never heard of this song but I know several guys who would probably not mind if this was played at their service.

Well, show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why

Show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why

For if we don’t find
The next whisky bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you
I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whisky, oh, you know why

 “Closing Time” – Leonard Cohen –  Another song I never knew existed before yesterday and that same group of guys would want this song played during their funeral.

 Ah we’re drinking and we’re dancing

And the band is really happening

And the Johnny Walker wisdom is running high

And my very sweet companion

She’s the Angel of Compassion

She’s rubbing half the world against her thigh

And every drinker every dancer

Lifts a happy face to thank her

The fiddler fiddles something so sublime

All the women tear their blouses off

And the men they dance on the polka dots

And it’s partner found, its partner lost

And it’s hell to pay when the Fiddler stops:

It’s Closing Time



That was my reaction when I saw these last two as suggested songs for funerals.  I had trouble ordering these two and one could have made yesterday’s list.  So without further adieu  – here are the final two song suggestions with links.

“I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” – by Whistling Jack Smith – This guy has some serious dance moves.


“Dueling Banjos” –  Earl Scruggs – From the movie “Deliverance”

Hopefully you started your weekend with a good, hearty belly laugh. 

2 Honorable Mentions

These two honorable mention songs describe my wish for you:

when you are on your deathbed, may your attitude not be “Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back” (Meatloaf) and instead may it be “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes)

May you and your someone special have the time of your lives this weekend.


(Coming tomorrow – “Weekend Wisdom”)