Songs about death

Created by Alma Barroca on 31 Ян. 2018 | Последно редактирано от Alma Barroca на 04 Март 2018

Songs that deal with the subject of death. Death of self, someone loved, etc.

This song doesn't directly mention death, but its lyrics can be a reference to Cazuza's last days, perishing to AIDS. He mentions to his family that he is afraid. The song's title can be understood as if we were puppets to God - he did of us what he wanted.

Преводи:  Английски

This song was written after one of Laura Pausini's friends died. She even planted a tree in her home, alluding to the lyrics.

This song was written after one of Laura Pausini's friends died. She even planted a tree in her home, alluding to the lyrics.

This song was written after two of Laura Pausini's childhood friends died. The music video shows three little girls interacting, showing Laura and her late friends.

This song was written after two of Laura Pausini's childhood friends died.

Преводи:  Руски Английски

This song was written after Laura Pausini's grandmother died. She was very attached to this grandma and misses her a lot.

This song was written after Laura Pausini's grandmother died. She was very attached to this grandma and misses her a lot.

This song was written after Laura Pausini's grandmother died. She was very attached to this grandma and misses her a lot.

Suggested by DarkJoshua. Talks about a child who's lost their mother and wish to die in order to be together with her.

Suggested by taddy26. Miley Cyrus wrote the song for her late grandfather.

Suggested by petit élève. One of many songs about the loss of a friend.

Преводи:  Английски Немски

Suggested by petit élève. Song talks about mortality.

In 'The Lion King' Broadway musical, this eulogy is performed after the death of King Mufasa and the alleged death of Simba in the wildebeest stampede. The characters mourn the death of their leader.

Suggested by petit élève. Singer pictures a last feast with his friends before his death.

Suggested by petit élève. About how elderly people wait for the Grim Reaper to come .

Suggested by petit élève. It's a tragic love story where the girl dies in the end.

Преводи:  Английски

Suggested by petit élève.

Suggested by petit élève. Song is about suicide.

Suggested by maluca.

Преводи:  Немски

Suggested by Viola Ortes.

Преводи:  Френски

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about a man who suicides to not to live his life on a wheelchair.

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about a man who's on the bed of death of a friend and begs him to not to die.

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about a man who describes his life of when he was a child and begs his dead father to come back.

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about an italian family by their mamma's bed, accompanying her through the way...

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about an italian family by their mamma's bed, accompanying her through the way...

Italian version of #29.

Преводи:  Venetan

Suggested by petit élève. Song pictures the anguish of death and ending with the day of reckoning.

Преводи:  Френски

Suggested by petit élève. Song deals with his own fear of death in a symbolic way.

Suggested by petit élève. Song is about the loss of a friend in war.

In May 1993, Dion lost her 16-year-old daughter Karine to cystic fibrosis. This song is a direct reference to death as it mentions flying to find a light.

In May 1993, Dion lost her 16-year-old daughter Karine to cystic fibrosis. This song is a direct reference to death as it mentions flying to find a light. This is the English version of the song 'Vole' (#36 on this list).

Suggested by Diazepan Medina. John Leyton cover.

Преводи:  Руски
песен | Немски Soap&Skin

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Преводи:  Английски

Suggested by Sarasvati.

Преводи:  Турски Английски

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Title translates as "Life", a pretty simply explanation about how everyone will meet the same fate, no one is an exception to the rule.

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Title translates as "Wedding Celebration" - a song about a son behind bars as he explains that his little brother is getting married and he has no way of reaching him. In the end, the man dies in prison and asks his siblings to love each other and love his mother on his behalf.

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Title translates as "Grandmother" - a song about a man remembering his grandmother (after she has passed away), growing older and then understanding as an old man why his grandmother used to cry when she looked up at the sky.

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Title is the name of the woman in the song - a man tries to see his beloved who is bedridden and ill but her mother keeps him away, his beloved dies without having seen him for the last time. The man promises her that he will soon join her because nothing is keeping him from going.

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Title translates as "When a Tehuana (a woman from Tehuantepec) dies" - a "spoken word" song about the rituals and procession after a woman of Tehuantepec dies.

Преводи:  Английски Немски

Suggested by phantasmagoria. Luis Martínez Hinojosa wrote and composed the song depicting a man's desire to say farewell to his fatherland (and state), along with the traditions that come from there and asks for forgiveness that he's leaving his home (through death).

Преводи:  Английски Немски

Suggested by phantasmagoria. A man is unable to bury his grandson and is hassled for documentation and money by a gravedigger, so he goes and buries him in a box he's made under a milpa, then proceeds to warn others that "no matter if you're rich or poor, even in death (in a cemetery) you will find inequality".

Song remembers one of vocalist Amy Lee's sisters, who died of an illness in 1987 at age three.

Song is performed from the perspective of someone who has just committed suicide

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about a man who's gonna die in a snow storm on the mount Kilimanjaro.

Suggested by Viola Ortes. It talks about a man who dies while working.

Suggested by Diazepan Medina. Song tells the story of a prisioner who is set free, just to find out his loved one died of sorrow and was buried by her father.

Suggested by Diazepan Medina. This song was specifically written for a certain scene in a Manolo Escobar movie (Entre Dos Amores). His daughter had a fatal accident while horseriding and she doesn't survive. This song is played in the background while she's at the hospital.

Преводи:  Английски

Suggested by Diazepan Medina. Song is about the suicide of the argentinian poetess Alfonsina Storni who in real life jumped from a bridge to the sea, but the song says she moved slowly deep into the sea.

The song doesn't directly talk about death, but it has been heavily used in videos made by people who lost their loved ones (most often, a child).

Suggested by Zarina01. Song title translates to Lady Death in English.

Преводи:  Английски

Suggested by Josemar. In his words, the singer has a unique way to talk about death.

Suggested by Karaula. This song is about the tuberculosis that the artist suffered from. It is so sad that many people attempted suicide after hearing it, so much that Josip Broz Tito had to legally prohibit playing it.

Suggested by Karaula. In his words, this is 'The saddest song that I know, maybe not the same in English, but whenever I hear the original I (he) almost sheds a tear'. The song talks about a mother's death.

Suggested by Zarina01. Song is about the vocalist Amy Lee's younger sister, who tragically died when she was only three, it's about how Amy is grieving her sister's death and how she's contemplating suicide to be with her deceased sister.

Коментари
DarkJoshua    Срд, 31/01/2018 - 22:41

I'm going to love this collection, I wonder why I didn't think about it earlier. Check this song out, it's about a child who's lost their mother and wish to die in order to be together with her.

RadixIce    Четв, 01/02/2018 - 00:41

Because she seems to appreciate her friends, look, she's even written a song after her friend died :d

makis17    Четв, 01/02/2018 - 18:49

I still wouldn't like ever friend to sing my eulogy. Shok Tongue smile

Maria Kritikou    Нед, 04/02/2018 - 16:27

Μα παταω τη συλλογη και βλεπω ενα Χαρο! Ε μα...Ελεος δηλαδη..!!! :-Ο

petit élève    Съб, 03/02/2018 - 02:26

Yep, I quite like this one too.
Off the top of my head I can recall a few more songs of his that deal with death one way or another:
"à mon dernier repas" (he pictures a last feast with his friends before his death)
"tango funèbre" (he pictures his own death in a rather humorous way)
"les vieux" (about how elderly people wait for the Grim Reaper to come - one of his most beautiful songs, in my opinion)
"la Fanette" (a tragic love story where the girl dies in the end)
"la mort" (the title says it all Regular smile )
"les désespérés" (about suicide)

Alma Barroca    Нед, 04/02/2018 - 19:26

How could I forget THIS song?!? I watched this musical live here in Brazil, it was so funny and catchy!! xD

It's been added now, thanks for reminding me Wink smile

Loot    Нед, 04/02/2018 - 21:10

Cool! Teeth smile
Yeah, I've watched it too, over here, and I liked it a lot! Catchy tunes, like you said, and puns galore... Awesome! Tongue smile

You're welcome! Regular smile

Viola Ortes    Съб, 03/02/2018 - 15:30

Please add this: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/alberto-fortis-la-sedia-di-lillà-lyrics.h... it talks about a man who suicides to not to live his life on a wheelchair.
And this: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/marco-masini-frankenstein-lyrics.html it talks about a man who's on the bed of death of a friend and begs him to not to die.
This one too: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/marco-masini-caro-babbo-lyrics.html
It talks about a man who describes his life of when he was a child and begs his dead father to come back.

Viola Ortes    Съб, 03/02/2018 - 16:36

Yes, he sung many songs in italian. He's 94 years old and he's gonna be in Italy the next 23rd of june for a unique concert after the one in Verona on september 2016. I hope I'm gonna be able to be at that concert.

petit élève    Пон, 05/02/2018 - 06:06

So nice of you to have added all these Brel songs.
To change the register, there is this early 18th century four voices worship song, picturing the anguish of death and ending with the day of reckoning, no less Regular smile
It can sound really impressive performed by a well tuned choir. For instance this version, used in the "Cold Mountain" soundtrack.

And also this beautiful tribute to Vladimir Vissotsky by Bulat Okudzhava. For those who don't know Russian music, Vladimir Vissotsky is the most famous Russian poet-singer, a kind of Russian national treasure.
Vissotsky also wrote songs about death, like this one that deals with his own fear of death in a symbolic way, or this one about the loss of a friend in war. The song is also symbolic, Vissotsky was too young to have fought during WWII, but it rings very true nevertheless.

alltid_aldrig    Срд, 07/02/2018 - 13:12

I would suggest Soap&Skin's "Vater"
https://lyricstranslate.com/it/vater-father.html-0

And Fabrizio De André's "Preghiera in Gennaio";
https://lyricstranslate.com/it/preghiera-gennaio-prayer-january.html

"La ballata dell'eroe";
https://lyricstranslate.com/it/Fabrizio-De-Andre-La-ballata-delleroe-lyr...

"La ballata dell'amore cieco";
https://lyricstranslate.com/it/la-ballata-dell039amore-cieco-ballad-blin...

and "La morte"
https://lyricstranslate.com/it/la-morte-death.html-0#songtranslation

(Actually many of his songs revolve around the theme of death but these are my favourite ones)

phantasmagoria    Четв, 15/02/2018 - 02:03

Okay, after some thought I'd like to present the following:

Zapotec:
1. Guenda nabáani: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/tonana-guendanabani-lyrics.html
Title translates as "Life", a pretty simply explanation about how everyone will meet the same fate, no one is an exception to the rule.

2. Saa Guendaxheela': https://lyricstranslate.com/en/tlalok-guerrero-saa-guendaxheela-lyrics.html
Title translates as "Wedding Celebration" - a song about a son behind bars as he explains that his little brother is getting married and he has no way of reaching him. In the end, the man dies in prison and asks his siblings to love each other and love his mother on his behalf.

3. Xahuéla': https://lyricstranslate.com/en/mi-abuela-xahu%C3%A9la-my-grandma.html
Title translates as "Grandmother" - a song about a man remembering his grandmother (after she has passed away), growing older and then understanding as an old man why his grandmother used to cry when she looked up at the sky.

4. Simuna: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/zapotec-folk-simuna-lyrics.html
Title is the name of the woman in the song - a man tries to see his beloved who is bedridden and ill but her mother keeps him away, his beloved dies without having seen him for the last time. The man promises her that he will soon join her because nothing is keeping him from going.

Spanish:
1. Cuando la tehuana muere: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/jes%C3%BAs-ram%C3%ADrez-hern%C3%A1ndez-cu...
Title translates as "When a Tehuana1 dies" - a "spoken word" song about the rituals and procession after a woman of Tehuantepec dies.

2. Guigu Bi'cu: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/luis-mart%C3%ADnez-hinojosa-guigu-bicu-ly...
Luis Martínez Hinojosa wrote and composed the song depicting a man's desire to say farewell to his fatherland (and state), along with the traditions that come from there and asks for forgiveness that he's leaving his home (through death).

3. Miguel y el panteonero: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/luis-mart%C3%ADnez-hinojosa-miguel-y-el-p...
A man is unable to bury his grandson and is hassled for documentation and money by a gravedigger, so he goes and buries him in a box he's made under a milpa, then proceeds to warn others that "no matter if you're rich or poor, even in death (in a cemetery) you will find inequality".

  • 1. a woman from Tehuantepec
Diazepan Medina    Нед, 18/02/2018 - 22:44

New suggestions:

https://lyricstranslate.com/es/antonio-molina-la-hija-de-juan-sim%C3%B3n...
A prisioner is set free, just to find out his loved one died of sorrow and was buried by her father

https://lyricstranslate.com/es/manolo-escobar-sabor-zorongo-lyrics.html
This song was specifically written for a certain scene in a Manolo Escobar movie (Entre Dos Amores). His daughter had a fatal accident while horseriding and she doesn't survive. This song is played in the background while she's at the hospital.

https://lyricstranslate.com/es/mercedes-sosa-alfonsina-y-el-mar-lyrics.html
It's about the suicide of the argentinian poetess Alfonsina Storni who in real life jumped from a bridge to the sea, but the song says she moved slowly deep into the sea.

Karaula    Пон, 26/02/2018 - 01:51

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/plu%C4%87a-su-mi-bolna-my-lungs-are-achin...
This song is about the tuberculosis that the artist suffered from. It is so sad that many people attempted suicide after hearing it, so much that Josip Broz Tito had to legally prohibit playing it.

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/johnny-cash-when-man-comes-around-lyrics....
This one speaks for itself.

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/ne-klepeci-nanulama-dont-rattle-your-wood...
The saddest song that I know, maybe not the same in English, but whenever I hear the original I almost shed a tear. It's about a mother's death.