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Music and Songs...

Music and songs listed below have been chosen for services by families. Some I have heard played once, others quite often, all with the meaning they bring with each unique farewell.

  • Popular
  • Current and contemporary,
  • Jazz and World Music,
  • 1930's 40, 50's...
  • Bagpipes
  • Instrumental
  • Classical
  • Religious / Spiritual
  • Rock'n'roll
  • and songs quirky and offbeat. 

Listed mostly by date first published, some with link (others - copy, paste and go).

I hope you find ideas for the music and words for the service you're planning, and the goodbye you want to give.  

A WORK IN PROGRESS ... Ongoing

ADELE

When We Were Young - Adele

WARREN ZEVON

Keep Me in Your Heart 

Excerpt from lyrics:


Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath

Keep me in your heart for a while

If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less

Keep me in your heart for a while


When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun

Keep me in your heart for a while

There's a train leaving nightly called, "When all is said and done"

Keep me in your heart for a while


Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house

Maybe you'll think of me and smile

You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse

Keep me in your heart for a while

ROY ORBISON

In Dreams

Excerpt from lyrics:


In dreams I walk with you, in dreams I talk to you

In dreams you're mine, all of the time

We're together in dreams, in dreams

But just before the dawn, I awake and find you gone

I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry

I remember that you said goodbye

ED SHEERAN

Perfect 

I See Fire

GURRUMUL - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Wiyathal 

ARCHIE ROACH

River Song 

Life is worth living

KATIE MELUA

The Walls of the World

I Cried For You

The Closest Thing to Crazy

Blowin In The Wind

Fields of Gold

Wonderful Life

KATIE MELUA & EVA CASSIDY

SHERYL CROW & STING

Always On Your Side

CAT STEVENS (YUSUF ISLAM)

How Can I Tell You I Love You

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Father and Son

Morning Has Broken

SARAH MCLACHLAN

Arms of the Angel

LINDA RONSTADT

Goodbye My Friend

ENYA

If I Could Be Where You Are

The Humming

LEONARD COHEN

Dance Me To The End Of Love

Bird On A Wire

Hallelujah

K.D. LANG 

Hallelujah

CHRIS ISAAK 

Can't Help Falling In Love

VAN MORRISON 

Someone Like You

Have I Told You Lately

INIGO PASCUAL

Remember Me  

ANTHONY WARLOW

This Is The Moment(Live Version)

FRANCES

Don’t Worry About Me 

Let it Out

SILVIE PALADINO

You Raise Me Up

BEYONCE

I Was here (Official United Nations World Humanitarian Day Performance)

 "I want to leave my footprints on the sand of time

Know there was something that, something that I left behind

When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets

Leave something to remember, so they won't forget"

CHRISTINA PERRY

A Thousand Years 

JOSH GROBAN

You Raise Me Up (2010)

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

Dog Days are Over (2009)

SLIM DUSTY

Looking forward Looking Back (2009)

'I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate

A poet, a pawn, and a king

I've been up and down and over and out

But I know one thing

Each time I find myself flat on my face

I pick myself up and get back in the race'

THE CLASH

London Calling (2009)

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 

Into My Arms (2003)

MARIAH CAREY & BOYZ II MEN

One Sweet Day (1995)

  'And I know you're shining down on me from heaven

Like so many friends we've lost along the way

And I know eventually we'll be together

One sweet day'

WHITNEY HOUSTON 

I will always love you (1992)

WENDY MATTHEWS

The Day You Went Away (1992)

ERIC CLAPTON

Tears from Heaven (1992)

Would you know my name

If I saw you in heaven?

Would 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

BETTE MIDLER

From A Distance (1990)

From a distance there is harmony

And it echoes through the land

It's the voice of hope

It's the voice of peace

It's the voice of every man

Under the Boardwalk (1988)

Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed

Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need

I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed

THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS

End of the Line (1988)

Well it's all right, even when push comes to shove

Well it's all right, if you got someone to love

Well it's all right, everything'll work out fine

Well it's all right, we're going to the end of the line

Handle With Care (1988)

MIKE & THE MECHANICS

The Living Years (1988)

SKYHOOKS

Balwyn Calling (1984)

RENEE GEYER

Say I Love You' (1981)

JOHN DENVER & PLACIDO DOMINGO

Perhaps Love 

JOHN DENVER

Somedays are Diamonds

ABBA

Thank you for the Music (1980)

Knowing Me Knowing You (1976)

WALLACE & MATILDA

Clancy of the Overflow (1980)

"For over 30 years Wallis and Matilda have moved the emotions of Australians of all ages with their inspired musical interpretations of the works of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson." https://www.wallisandmatilda.com.au/

CAVATINA from the Deer Hunter

CARisMA Guitar Duo playing the 'Cavatina' by S. Myers from the Movie "The Deer Hunter" with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra on May 5, 2013!

KASHMIR : LED ZEPPELIN / YAMATO String Quartet Arr (6m 58s)

KASHMIR : LED ZEPPELIN 

ALEXANDRA WHITTINGHAM

plays Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega.

Filmed in the Church of St Pierre in Martignac, South-West France.

TRACY CHAPMAN (Live on Letterman 2015)

Stand By Me

DRAGON

Still In Love With You (1978) 3m:24s

BEE GEES

How Deep Is Your Love (1977)

To Love Somebody

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Wonderful World (1976) 2m:30s

ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Dream a Little Dream of Me 3m:06s

BOB DYLAN

Black Diamond Bay (1976) 6m:24s

THE SEEKERS 

Morning Town Ride (1968) 2m:34s

Isa Lei (1967) 2m:33s

Georgy Girl (1966) 2m:33s

Open Up Them Pearly Gates (1966) 2m:13s 

PETULA CLARK

Colour My World (1967) (in Priscilla Queen of the Desert) 

SARAH BRIGHTMAN

Ava Maria

Who Wants to Live Forever

ANDREA BOCELLI

Ave Maria

ANDREA BOCELLI & SARAH BRIGHTMAN

Time to Say Goodbye 

ANDREA BOCELLI & CELINE DION

The Prayer

CELINE DION

My Heart Will Go On, Theme from Titanic

MARK VINCENT

Time To Say Goodbye

The Power of Love 

Huey Lewis

THE EAGLES

No More Walks in the Woods; No More Cloudy Days

I Shot the Sheriff

BOBBY DARREN

If I was a Carpenter

JO STAFFORD

Some Enchanted Evening

GENE KELLY

Heather on the Hill (Brigadoon) 

JULIE COVINGTON

Don't cry for me Argentina

My Way; Young at Heart; I'll Be Seeing You, 

Frank Sinatra

My Way

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Moon River

MARK KNOPPFLER

I’m Going Home

Theme from a Summer Place

Percy Faith. 

Memory

Barbara Streisand

Que Sera Sera

Doris Day

Home, Sweet Home

Greta Bradman

A Summer Place

Percy Faith

No Regrets

Edith Piaf

Autumn Leaves

Richard Clayderman

Turn! Turn! Turn!

The Byrds

Hey Jude; Let It Be

The Beatles

She Loves You, Twist and Shout

The Beatles

Morning Has Broken

Cat Stevens

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel

Heart of Gold

Neil Young

Feeling Alright; The Letter; With a Little Help From My Friends

Joe Cocker

Message to You Rudi

The Specials 

The Right Thing

Simply Red

What Can I Say

Boz Skags

Adieu False Heart

Ann Savoy and Linda Ronstandt

Why Can’t I Cry; Kiss Me Goodbye

Petula Clark

John B Goode

Chuck Berry 

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Israel Kammakawa’ole

Amazing Grace

Il Divo

King of the Road

Roger Miller

Beautiful Noise; Sweet Caroline; Red Wine

Neil Diamond

People; The Way We Were; Memories

Barbara Streisand

I Watch the Sunrise

Kathryn Crossweller

Through The Years

Kenny Rodgers

Waltz of the Flowers

Arthur Fiedler

Music Box Dancer

Frank Mills

And I Love You So

Perry Como

Serenade

Mario Lanza

Lili Marlene

Marlene Dietrich

Everybody Loves Somebody; Dream a Little Dream of Me

Dean Martin

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

John McCormack and Frank Patterson

You Are My Sunshine

Elizabeth Mitchell

Go Lassie Go

The Columba Minstrels

Talk to the Animals

I’m Coming Virginia; Oh Lady Be Good

Benny Goodman

Autumn In Tufnell Park

Wally Fawkes

Moonlight Serenade

Glenn Miller

House of Fun, Madness.

Fathers Eyes - Eric Clapton

You’re Best Friend - by Queen.

Sweet Surrender - Wet Wet Wet

One Night in Heaven - M People

Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac

Oblivion, Song of the Angels, by Richard Tonetti.

Run like Hell – Pink Floyd

Mio Babino Caro

Ave Maria by F. Schubert

Everything I Own – Bread

Prologue and Crunchy Granola Suite – Neil Diamond

Crazy - Patsy Kline

Solitary Man - Neil Diamond

Show Me The Way To Go Home - Ray Anthony

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Redemption - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Watermark - Enya

The Day You Went Away - Wendy Matthews

Beyond the sea - Robbie Williams

It’s my life - Bon Jovi

Yellow - Cold Play

Moon River – Andy Williams

Dolannes Melodie - Richard Clayderman

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Richard Clayderman

Space Oddity (Major Tom) - David Bowie

Sunday Roast - Courtney Barnett

Dark Art - Jen Cloher

Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Time after time - Cindy Lauper

Let it Be - Beatles

I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers

Fur Elise - Beethoven

A Mi Manera - Gipsy Kings

Never Never Never - Shirley Bassey

CHANTS & BLESSINGS (BUDDHIST & OTHER)

THICH NHAT HANH

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) (English & Vietnamese)

SOGYAL RINPOCHE

Rest In Natural Great Peace

TINA TURNER

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra)

BAGPIPES

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Amazing Grace

Willie Smith’s Farewell To Edinburgh Castle

WORLD MUSIC - LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

The Warrior, Ipi 'N Tombia

featuring Margaret Singana

Maori Farewell (Now is the Hour)

Marty Robbin

Tablas

Zakir Hussain and Friends

Walking the Human Road (Mandarin)

Teresa Teng  

The Moon Represents My Heart (Mandarin)

Teresa Teng  

Song of Sunset (Mandarin)

Anita Mui

Basho

Su and Jin(Korean)

Put Vejini

Latvian Folk Song (Latvian)

GUITAR

Capricho Arabe(2017) by Francisco Tárrega

Alexandra Whittingham

  • Video Clip: 20 Year old British Guitarist Alexandra Whittingham.
  • Filmed in the Church of St Pierre in Martignac, South-West France.

Cavatina 3mins:34secs

John Williams 

CLASSICAL

Violin Concerto

Max Bruch

Canon in D major (Johann Pachelbel) 6mins:17secs

DEBUSSY

Clair De Lune

BOCCHEREINI

Quintet in E Major, Op.11, No.5, G.275 (Arr. for Orchestra) - 3. Minuet

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

PUCCINI

Intermezzo, Turandot

CD: Essential Opera) (5min:5secs) 

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

CD: Essential Opera. (3min:15secs)

Un bel di vedremo [One fine day] Don Giovani

Essential Opera (4mins:34secs)

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra K299 (9min:50secs) Live

Croation Chamber Orchestra

BIZET

Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves). 

Carmen Essential Opera. (4mins:34secs)

STRAUSS

Blue Danube

LISZT

Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Performed by Valentina Lisitsa (9m 46s)

Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland

Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

Played by Vadim Chaimovich

The Swan – Saint-Saens

Yo-Yo-Ma (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano)

J.S. BACH

Air on the G String

(Suite No.3, BWV 1068) original instruments) 2nd movement

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048, I. [Allegro]

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre

Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre

Concerto No.5 in F-minor for harpsichord and strings(BWV 1056) -

LARGO, MARIA JOÃO PIRES, piano RICCARDO CHAILLY, conductor

The Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor

BWV 1043/Doppelkonzert für zwei Violinen d-Moll BWV 1043

Arabella Steinbacher & Akiko Suwanai 

Ave Maria, J.S.Bach/Gounard

Yo-Yo-Ma (cello) Kathryn Stott (piano); Air on G String – J.S.Bach

Classical - chosen for following service & during refreshments time

Brandenburg Concerto. No.3 in G Major BWV 1048 (J.S. Bach)

Freidburger Barockorchester (8mins)

Canon in D. Pachelbel.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Marriner) (4m29s)

Arioso. Cello and Organ BWV 156.

nne Martindale Williams (cello) and Diane Bish (organ) (5m29s) 

Minuet in G Minor by G. F. Handel arr Wilhelm Kempff

Performed by Khatia Buniatishvili 

Contemporary Instrumental

Malena (2017) 4m:10s

2CELLOS, Ornette Coleman and Robin Smith

The Rose

Andre Rieu


Feelings (John Williams) 4mins:03secs


Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission - Ennio Morricone) 2min:14secs


Falls (The Mission - Ennio Morricone) 1min:55secs

Religious

Psalm 23, 'The Lord Is My Shepherd' by the Choir of Wells Cathedral

Harry Secombe

Jerusalem(1959) 2m:12s

Peter Dawson 

Jerusalem(1934)

This is an extract from a 1934 recording by Australian baritone Peter Dawson (1882-1961). Download the whole work at http://dawson.eavb.co.uk

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