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Popular Funeral Songs

15 Popular Songs for Funerals

By Various Artists, as collected by Caring.com
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bridge over troubled water

Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon & Garfunkel

When you're weary, feeling small,

When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all;

I'm on your side. When times get rough

And friends just can't be found,

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down.

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down.

When you're down and out,

When you're on the street,

When evening falls so hard

I will comfort you.

I’ll take your part.

When darkness comes

And pain is all around,

Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down.

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down.

Sail on silver girl,

Sail on by.

Your time has come to shine.

All your dreams are on their way.

See how they shine

If you need a friend

I’m sailing right behind.

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind.

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind.

Buy the MP3 for Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" on Amazon.com

All Popular Funeral Songs

  1. Death Is Not the End, by Bob Dylan
  2. The of the End, by Paul McCartney
  3. Fly, by Celine Dion
  4. Gone Too Soon, by Michael Jackson
  5. Goodbye My Friend, by Karla Bonoff
  6. Heaven Can Wait, by Meat Loaf
  7. I Will Remember You, by Sarah McLachlan
  8. Keep Me in Your Heart, by Warren Zevon
  9. No One But You (Only the Good Die Young), by Brian May
  10. Not Now, by Blink 182
  11. Over the Rainbow, by E.Y. Harburg
  12. Tears in Heaven, by Eric Clapton
  13. We'll Meet Again, by Ross parker and Hughie Charles
  14. World Falls, by Amy Elizabeth Ray

Death Is Not the End, by Bob Dylan

When you're sad and when you're lonely and you haven't got a friend

Just remember that death is not the end.

And all that you've held sacred, falls down and does not mend

Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end

Just remember that death is not the end.

When you’re standing on the crossroads that you cannot comprehend

Just remember that death is not the end.

And all your dreams have vanished and you don't know what's up the bend

Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end

Just remember that death is not the end.

When the storm clouds gather 'round you, and heavy rains descend

Just remember that death is not the end.

And there's no one there to comfort you, with a helpin' hand to lend

Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end

Just remember that death is not the end.

Oh, the tree of life is growing

Where the spirit never dies

And the bright light of salvation shines

In dark and empty skies.

When the cities are on fire with the burning flesh of men

Just remember that death is not the end.

And you search in vain to find just one law-abiding citizen

Just remember that death is not the end.

Not the end, not the end

Just remember that death is not the end.

The End of the End, by Paul McCartney

At the end of the end

It's the start of a journey

To a much better place

And this wasn't bad

So a much better place

Would have to be special

No need to be sad

On the day that I die I'd like jokes to be told

And stories of old to be rolled out like carpets

That children have played on

And laid on while listening to stories of old

At the end of the end

It's the start of a journey

To a much better place

And a much better place

Would have to be special

No reason to cry

[Whistling]
On the day that I die I'd like bells to be rung

And songs that were sung to be hung out like blankets

That lovers have played on

And laid on while listening to songs that were sung

At the end of the end

It's the start of a journey

To a much better place

And a much better place

Would have to be special

No reason to cry

No need to be sad

At the end of the end

Guitar chords for "The End of the End"

Fly, by Celine Dion

Fly, fly little wing

Fly beyond imagining

The softest cloud, the whitest dove

Upon the wind of heaven's love

Past the planets and the stars

Leave this lonely world of ours

Escape the sorrow and the pain

And fly again

Fly, fly precious one

Your endless journey has begun

Take your gentle happiness

Far too beautiful for this

Cross over to the other shore

There is peace forevermore

But hold this mem'ry bittersweet

Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear

Don't waste a breath, don't shed a tear

Your heart is pure, your soul is free

Be on your way, don't wait for me

Above the universe you'll climb

On beyond the hands of time

The moon will rise, the sun will set

But I won't forget

Fly, fly little wing

Fly where only angels sing

Fly away, the time is right

Go now, find the light

Buy the MP3 for Celine Dion's "Fly" on Amazon.com

Gone Too Soon, by Michael Jackson

Like a comet

Blazing 'cross the evening sky

Gone too soon

Like a rainbow

Fading in the twinkling of an eye

Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly

And splendidly bright

Here one day

Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight

On a cloudy afternoon

Gone too soon

Like a castle

Built upon a sandy beach

Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower

That is just beyond your reach

Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight"¨

Here one day

Gone one night

Like a sunset

Dying with the rising of the moon

Gone too soon

Gone too soon

Buy the MP3 for Michael Jackson's "Gone Too Soon" on Amazon.com

Goodbye My Friend, by Karla Bonoff

Oh we never know where life will take us

I know it's just a ride on the wheel

And we never know when death will shake us

And we wonder how it will feel

So goodbye my friend

I know I'll never see you again

But the time together through all the years

Will take away these tears

It's okay now

Goodbye my friend

I've seen a lot of things that made me crazy"¨

And I guess I held on to you"¨

We could've run away and left, well maybe

But it wasn't time and we both knew

So goodbye my friend

I know I'll never see you again

But the love you gave me through all the years

Will take away my tears

I'm okay now

Goodbye my friend

Life's so fragile and love's so pure"¨

We can't hold on but we try"¨

We watch how quickly it disappears"¨

And we never know why

But I'm okay now

Goodbye my friend"¨

You can go now"¨

Goodbye my friend

Buy the MP3 for Karla Bonoff's "Goodbye My Friend" on Amazon.com

Heaven Can Wait, by Meat Loaf

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven can wait

And a band of angels wrapped up in my heart

Will take me through the lonely night

Through the cold of the day

And I know

I know

Heaven can wait

And all the gods come down here just to sing for me

And the melody’s gonna make me fly

Without pain

Without fear

Give me all of your dreams

And let me go along on your way

Give me all of your prayers to sing

And I’ll turn the night into the skylight of day

I got a taste of paradise

I’m never gonna let it slip away

I got a taste of paradise

It’s all I really need to make me stay

Just like a child again

Heaven can wait

And all I got is time until the end of time

And I won’t look back

I won’t look back

Let the altars shine

And I know that I’ve been released

But I don’t know to where

And nobody’s gonna tell me now

And I don’t really care

No no no

I got a taste of paradise

That’s all I really need to make me stay

I got a taste of paradise

If I had it any sooner you know

You know I never would have run away from my home

Heaven can wait

And all I got is time until the end of time

I won’t look back

I won’t look back

Let the altars shine

Heaven can wait

Heaven can wait

I won’t look back

I won’t look back

Let the altars shine

Let the altars shine

Buy the MP3 for Meat Loaf's "Heaven Can Wait" on Amazon.com

I Will Remember You, by Sarah McLachlan

I will remember you

Will you remember me?

Don't let your life pass you by

Weep not for memories

I'm so tired, but I can't sleep

Standin' on the edge of something much too deep

It's funny how we feel so much but cannot say a word

We are screaming inside, but can't be heard

And I will remember you

Will you remember me?

Don't let your life pass you by

Weep not for memories

I'm so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose

Clinging to a past that doesn't let me choose

Once there was a darkness, deep and endless night

Gave me everything he had, oh he gave me life

And I will remember you

Will you remember me?

Don't let your life pass you by

Weep not for the memories

I will remember you

Will you remember me?

Don't let your life pass you by

Weep not for memories

Weep not for the memories

Buy the MP3 for Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" on Amazon.com

Keep Me in Your Heart, by Warren Zevon

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 that 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.

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Keep me in your heart for a while.

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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.

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams

Touch me as I fall into view.

When the winter comes, keep the fires lit

And I will be right next to you.

Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream

Keep me in your heart for a while.

These wheels keep turning but they're running out of steam

Keep me in your heart for a while.

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Keep me in your heart for a while.

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Keep me in your heart for a while.

Keep me in your heart for a while.

No One But You (Only the Good Die Young), by Brian May

A hand above the water

An angel reaching the sky

Is it raining in heaven

Do you want us to cry?

And everywhere the broken-hearted

On every lonely avenue

No one could reach them

No one but you

Chorus:

One by one

Only the good die young

They're only flyin' too close to the sun

And life goes on

Without you . . .

Another tricky situation

I get to drownin' in the blues

And I find myself thinkin'

Well, what would you do?

Yes, it was such an operation

Forever paying every due

Hell, you made a sensation

You found a way through—and

One by one

Only the good die young

They're only flyin' too close to the sun

We'll remember—

Forever . . .

And now the party must be over

I guess we'll never understand

The sense of your leaving

Was it the way it was planned?

And so we grace another table

And raise our glasses one more time

There's a face at the window

And I ain't never, never sayin' goodbye . . .

One by one

Only the good die young

They're only flyin' too close to the sun

Cryin' for nothing

Cryin' for no one

No one but you

Not Now, by Blink 182

Come here, please hold my hand for now

Help me, I'm scared please show me how

To fight this, God has a master plan

And I guess, I am in his demand

Please save me, this time I cannot run

And I'll see, you when this is done

And now I, have come to realize

That you are, the one who's left behind

Please stay, until I'm gone

I'm here hold on, to me

I'm right here waiting

I see, the light it feels good

And I'll come, back soon just like you would

It's useless, my name has made the list

And I wish, I gave you one last kiss

Please stay, until I'm gone

I'm here hold on, to me

I'm right here waiting

And take, my one last breath

And don't forget

That I will be right here, waiting

Please stay, until I'm gone

I'm here, hold on to me

I'm right here, waiting

And take my one last breath

And don't forget

That I will be right here, waiting

Please stay, until I'm gone

I'm here, hold on to me

I'm right here, waiting

And take, my one last breath

And don't forget

That I will be right here, waiting

Buy the MP3 of Blink 182's "Not Now" on Amazon.com

Over the Rainbow, by E.Y. Harburg

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high

In the land that I heard of

Once, once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow

Skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds

Are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me

Someday I'll wish upon a star

And wake up where the clouds

Are far behind me

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow

Skies are blue

And the dreams that you dare to dream

Really do come true

If happy little bluebirds fly

Above the rainbow

Why, oh why, can't I

Tears In Heaven, by Eric Clapton

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.

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 knees.

Time can break your heart,

Have you begging please, begging please.

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?

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.

Buy the MP3 for Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" on Amazon.com

We'll Meet Again, by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles

We'll Meet Again

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

Keep smiling through,

Just like you always do

Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say "Hello"

To the folks that I know

Tell them I won't be long

They'll be happy to know

That as you saw me go

I was singing this song

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day.

Keep smiling through

Just like you always do,

'Til the blue skies

Drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say "Hello"

To the folks that I know.

Tell them I won't be long.

They'll be happy to know

That as you saw me go,

I was singin' this song.

We'll meet again,

Don't know where,

Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

Buy the MP3 for Ross Parker and Hughie Charles's "We'll Meet Again" performed by Vera Lynn on Amazon.com

World Falls, by Amy Elizabeth Ray

I'm coming home with a stone

Strapped onto my back

I'm coming home with a burning hope

Turning all my blues to black

I'm looking for a sacred hand

To carve into my stone

A ghost of comfort

Angels’ breath

To keep this life inside my chest

This world falls on me

Hopes of immortality

Everywhere I turn

All the beauty just keeps shaking me

Now I woke up in the middle of a dream

Scared the world was too much for me

Sejarez said, don’t let go

Just plant the seeds and watch them grow

I've slept in rainy canyon lands

Cold drenched to my skin

I always wake to find a face

To calm these troubled lands

Ah this world falls on me

With dreams of immortality

Everywhere I turn

All the beauty just keeps shaking me

Now I'm running

To the end of the earth

And I'm swimming

To the edge of the sea

And I'm laughing

I'm under a starry sky

This world was meant for me

Don't bury me

Carry me

I wish I was a nomad

An Indian or a saint

The edge of death would disappear

Leave me nothing left to taint

I wish I was a nomad

An Indian or a saint

Give me walking shoes

Feathered arms

And a key to heaven’s gate

Ah this world falls on me

Dreams of immortality

Everywhere I turn

All the beauty just keeps shaking me

I'm running

(this world falls on me)

To the end of the earth

(with hopes of immortality)

I'm swimming

(everywhere I turn)

To the edge of the sea

(the beauty keeps on shaking me)

And I'm laughing

(this world falls on me)

Cause I'm under a starry sky

(hopes of immortality)

This world was meant for me

(everywhere I turn)

I've got hopes of immortality.

Listen to a sample and buy the MP3 for "World Falls" performed by the Indigo Girls on Amazon.com