Humorous or Quirky Funeral Songs

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And When I Die, by Laura Nyro

I'm not scared of dying and I don't really care

If it's peace you find in dying, well then, let the time be near

If it's peace you find in dying and if dying time is here,

Just bundle up my coffin 'cause it's cold way down there

I hear that it's cold way down there

Yeah, crazy cold way down there

And when I die, and when I'm gone,

There'll be one child born

In this world to carry on,

To carry on

Now, troubles are many, they're as deep as a well

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell

Swear there ain't no heaven and I pray there ain't no hell

But I'll never know by living, only my dying will tell

Yes, only my dying will tell

Yeah, only my dying will tell

And when I die, and when I'm gone,

There'll be one child born

In this world to carry on,

To carry on

Give me my freedom for as long as I be

All I ask of living is to have no chains on me

All I ask of living is to have no chains on me

And all I ask of dying is to go naturally

Oh, I want to go naturally

Here I go

Hey hey!

Here comes the devil

Right behind

Look out, children

Here he comes!

Here he comes! Hey

Don't want to go by the devil

Don't want to go by demon

Don't want to go by Satan

Don't want to die uneasy

Just let me go naturally

And when I die

And when I'm dead, dead and gone,

There'll be one child born

In our world to carry on,

To carry on

Yeah yeah 

Listen to a sample of And When I Die

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, by Eric Idle

Lyrics

Some things in life are bad"¨

They can really make you mad"¨

Other things just make you swear and curse.

When you're chewing on life's gristle"¨

Don't grumble, give a whistle"¨

And this'll help things turn out for the best . . .

And . . . always look on the bright side of life . . ."¨

Always look on the light side of life . . .

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 ch umps

Just purse your lips and whistle—that's the thing.

And . . . always look on the bright side of life . . .

Always look on the light 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.

So always look on the bright side of death

Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life's a piece of shit

When you look at it

Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.

You'll see it's all a show

Keep 'em laughing as you go

Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life . . ."¨

Always look on the right side of life . . ."¨

(Come on guys, cheer up!)"¨

Always look on the bright side of life . . ."¨

Always look on the bright side of life . . ."¨

(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)"¨

Always look on the bright side of life . . ."¨

(I mean—what have you got to lose? You know, you come from nothing—you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing!)"¨

Always look on the right side of life . . .

Listen to a sample of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

(Don't Fear) The Reaper, by Blue Oyster Cult - Lyrics

Lyrics

All our times have come

Here but now they're gone

Seasons don't fear the reaper

Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain . . . we can be like they are

Come on baby . . . don't fear the reaper

Baby take my hand . . . don't fear the reaper

We'll be able to fly . . . don't fear the reaper

Baby I'm your man . . .

Valentine is done

Here but now they're gone

Romeo and Juliet

Are together in eternity . . . Romeo and Juliet

40,000 men and women everyday . . . Like Romeo and Juliet

40,000 men and women everyday . . . Redefine happiness

Another 40,000 coming everyday . . . We can be like they are

Come on baby . . . don't fear the reaper

Baby take my hand . . . don't fear the reaper

We'll be able to fly . . . don't fear the reaper

Baby I'm your man . . .

Love of two is one

Here but now they're gone

Came the last night of sadness

And it was clear she couldn't go on

Then the door was open and the wind appeared

The candles blew then disappeared

The curtains flew then he appeared . . . saying don't be afraid

Come on baby . . . and she had no fear

And she ran to him . . . then they started to fly

They looked backward and said goodbye . . . she had become like they are

She had taken his hand . . . she had become like they are

Come on baby . . . don't fear the reaper

Listen to a sample of (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Harps and Angels, by Randy Newman

Lyrics

Hasn't anybody seen me lately"¨

I'll tell you why"¨

Hasn't anybody seen me lately

I'll tell you why"¨

I caught something made me so sick"¨

That I thought that I would die"¨

And I almost did, too

First my knees begin to tremble

My heart begin to pound

First my knees begin to tremble

My heart begin to pound

It was arrhythmic and out of tune

I lost my equilibrium

And fell face down upon the ground

As I lay there on that cold pavement

A tear ran down my face"¨

'Cause I thought I was dying

You boys know I'm not a religious man"¨

But I sent a prayer out just in case"¨

You never know"¨

Lo and behold almost immediately"¨

I had reason to believe my prayer had been heard in a very special place"¨

'Cause I heard this sound

Ooooh

Yes

Ooooh

Yes, it was harps and angels"¨

Harps and angels coming near"¨

I was too sick to roll over and see them"¨

But I could hear them singing ever so beautifully in my ear

Then the sound began to subside

And they sounded like background singers

And a voice come down from the heavens above"¨

It was a voice full of anger from the Old Testament

And a voice full of love from the New One

And the street lit up like it was the middle of the day

And I lay there quiet and listened to what that voice had to say

He said, “You ain’t been a good man"¨

You ain’t been a bad man"¨

But you’ve been pretty bad"¨

Lucky for you this ain’t your time"¨

Someone very dear to me has made another clerical error"¨

And we’re here on a bit of a wild goose chase"¨

But I want to tell you a few things"¨

That'll hold you in good stead when it is your time"¨

So you better listen close"¨

I'm only going to say this once

When they lay you on the table"¨

Better keep your business clean"¨

'Fore they lay you on the table"¨

Better keep your business clean"¨

Don't want no back stabbing, ass grabbing"¨

You know exactly what I mean"¨

Alright girls—we're outta here"

Ooooh

"Encore. Encore."

Ooooh

(He spoke French)

"Tres bien"¨

Encore"

And off they went into the night

Almost immediately I felt better"¨

And I come round to see you boys"¨

'Cause you know we ain’t living right"¨

And while it was fresh"¨

I wanted to tell you what he told me

He said, "When they lay you on the table"¨

Better keep your business clean"¨

When they lay you on the table"¨

Better keep your business clean"¨

Else there won’t be no harps and angels coming for you"¨

It'll be trombones, kettle drums, pitchforks, and tambourines"

Sing it like they did for me one time"¨

Ooooh—yes"¨

Ooooh—beautiful"¨

Wish I spoke French

So actually the main thing about this story is for me"¨

There really is an afterlife"¨

And I hope to see all of you there

Let’s go get a drink

Listen to a sample of Harps and Angels

I'm Going Home, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Lyrics

On the day I went away

Goodbye

Was all I had to say

Now I

I want to come again and stay

Oh my my

Smile and that will mean

I may

'Cause I've seen

Oh

blue skies

Through the tears in my eyes

And I realize

I'm going home

I'm going home

(I'm going home)

Everywhere it's been the same

Real lame

Like I'm outside in the rain

Re al lame

Free to try and find the game

Real lame

Cards for sorrow

Cards for pain

'Cause I've seen

oh

Blue skies

Through the tears in my eyes

And I realize

I'm going home

I'm going home

I’m going home

I’m going home

Listen to a sample of I'm Going Home

My Way, by Paul Anka

Lyrics

And now, the end is near;

And so I face the final curtain.

My friends, 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!

Listen to a sample of My Way

Please Don't Bury Me, by John Prine

Lyrics

Woke up this morning

Put on my slippers

Walked in the kitchen and died

And oh what a feeling!

When my soul

Went thru the ceiling

And on up into heaven I did ride

When I got there they did say

John, it happened this way

You slipped upon the floor

And hit your head

And all the angels say

Just before you passed away

These were the very last words

That you said:

Chorus

Please don't bury me

Down in that cold cold ground

No, I'd druther have ‘em cut me up

And pass me all around

Throw my brain in a hurricane

And the blind can have my eyes

And the deaf can take both of my ears

If they don't mind the size

Give my stomach to Milwaukee

If they run out of beer

Put my socks in a cedar box

Just get ‘em out of here

Venus de Milo can have my arms

Look out! I've got your nose

Sell my heart to the junkman

And give my love to Rose

Repeat chorus

Give my feet to the footloose

Careless, fancy free

Give my knees to the needy

Don't pull that stuff on me

Hand me down my walking cane

It's a sin to tell a lie

Send my mouth way down south

And kiss my ass goodbye

Repeat chorus

Listen to a sample of Please Don't Bury Me performed by John Prine

 

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, by Blind Lemon Jefferson - Lyrics

Lyrics

Well, there's one kind favor I'll ask of you

One kind favor I'll ask of you

Oh, there's one kind favor I'll ask of you

See that my grave is kept clean

It’s a long lane that’s got no end

It’s a long lane that’s got no end

It’s a long lane ain’t got no end

Saying it’s a bad wind that never change

There's two white horses in a line

Two white horses in a line

Two white horses in a line

Gonna take me to my burying ground

Well, my heart stopped beating

My hands are cold

Well, my heart stopped beating

And my hands are cold

Well, my heart stopped beating

And my hands are cold

I believe just what the Bible told

Did you ever hear a coffin sound?

Did you ever hear a coffin sound?

Did you ever hear a coffin sound?

Then you know that the poor boy's in the ground

Dig my grave with a silve r spade

Well, you dig my grave with a silver spade

Dig my grave with a silver spade

Let me down the golden chain

Have you ever heard the church bell tone?

Ever heard the church bell tone?

Did you ever hear a church bell tone?

Then you know that the poor boy's dead and gone

I feel so good

One kind favor I'll ask of you

One kind favor I'll ask of you

It's one kind favor I'll ask of you

Please see that my grave is kept clean

Listen to a sample of See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, by Muse

Lyrics

Eerie whispers

trapped beneath my pillow

won't let me sleep

your memories

I know you're in this room

I'm sure I heard you sigh

floating in-between

where our worlds collide

It scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

and it scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

yea yea yeaaaaa yea yea

yea yea yea

yea yea o aaa oaaaaaaa!!

I know the moment's near

and there's nothing we can do

look through a faithless eye

are you afraid to die?

It scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

and it scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

yea yea yeaaaaa yea yea

yea yea yea

yea yea o aaa oaaaaaaa!!

[Instrumental]

It scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

and it scares the hell out of me

and the end is all I can see

yea yea yeaaaaa yea yea

yea yea yea

yea yea o aaa oaaaaaaa!!

Listen to a sample of Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

Who Wants to Live Forever, by Brian May - Lyrics

Lyrics

There's no time for us

There's no place for us

What is this thing that builds our dreams yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever

Who wants to live forever

There’s no chance for us"¨

It’s all decided for us"¨

This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever?"¨

Who wants to live forever?

Who dares to love forever? "¨When love must die

But touch my tears with your lips

Touch my world with your fingertips

And we can have forever

And we can love forever

Forever is our today

Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live forever? "¨Forever is our today

Who waits forever anyway?

Listen to a sample of Who Wants to Live Forever performed by Queen


almost 4 years ago, said...

The funeral song or songs that you choose are vital if you want to create a particular mood. Be the mood emotive, humorous, bittersweet or just "˜oh for God sakes guys life goes on, get over it!' If you don't already have a song in mind, below you will see a plethora of songs that we have chosen for you to check out. We have included lyrics and an opportunity for you to download tracks if you so wish. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life- Eric Idle, Amazing Grace - Various Artists, Angels - Robbie Williams, Another One Bites the Dust - Queen, Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve, Break on Through (To The Other Side) - The Doors.


almost 6 years ago, said...

Loved this - Funerals could be so much more meaningful if people just tried to make them more personal and didn't just adopt "what has always been done".


over 6 years ago, said...

I believe it's necessary to honor a person according to his/her personality... and if it's a humorous funeral song that fits him the best, then no one will feel uncomfortable as they listen to it, since it's just the type of music that the person who died would have wanted. No one would have expected less of him/her.