Songs about death - Part I

Created by Alma Barroca on 31 Jan 2018 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 07 May 2020
Songs about death - Part I

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

100 other songs can be found here.

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.

Translations:  English

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.

Translations:  English Dutch Portuguese 1 more

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

Translations:  English Russian

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

Translations:  English German Dutch 11 more

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.

Translations:  English Spanish Croatian 2 more

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

Translations:  Italian French Polish 1 more

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

Translations:  Turkish Serbian Greek 7 more

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

Suggested by petit élève. Song talks about mortality.

Translations:  English Spanish German 1 more

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 maluca.

Translations:  German English Swedish 4 more

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

Translations:  English German Spanish 1 more

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

Translations:  English Spanish Russian 4 more

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

Suggested by petit élève.

Translations:  English German Turkish 1 more

Suggested by petit élève. Song is about suicide.

Translations:  English Spanish Serbian

Suggested by Loot.

Translations:  Croatian

Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  German Italian Spanish 3 more

Suggested by maluca.

Translations:  Polish German

Suggested by Viola Ortes.

Translations:  French

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.

Translations:  French Spanish English 1 more

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.

Translations:  English French Greek

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

Translations:  English Greek Spanish 14 more

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

Italian version of #29.

Translations:  Venetan French Polish 1 more

Suggested by Sarasvati.

Translations:  English French Italian 1 more

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

Translations:  French

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

Translations:  English German Spanish 11 more

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

Translations:  English German Turkish 1 more

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.

Translations:  English Romanian Dutch 5 more

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).

Translations:  Hungarian Dutch French 4 more
Song | English Spell

Suggested by Diazepan Medina. John Leyton cover.

Translations:  Russian

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Translations:  English Italian

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Translations:  English French Spanish 4 more

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Translations:  English French Greek 8 more

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Translations:  English Spanish French 5 more

Suggested by Sarasvati.

Translations:  Spanish Turkish Japanese 1 more

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.

Translations:  Spanish English Polish

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.

Translations:  Spanish English Polish 1 more

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.

Translations:  Spanish English French 1 more

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.

Translations:  Spanish English

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.

Translations:  English German

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).

Translations:  English German

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".

Translations:  English German French

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

Translations:  Greek Spanish Arabic 23 more

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

Translations:  Greek Serbian Romanian 23 more

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

Translations:  German English Italian 1 more

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

Translations:  English French

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.

Translations:  French English Italian 2 more

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.

Translations:  French English

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.

Translations:  English French German 6 more

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.

Translations:  English

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

Translations:  Spanish French Serbian 1 more

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.

Translations:  Spanish French Serbian 1 more

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.

Suggested by makis17.

Translations:  Greek

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Hungarian Greek Serbian 4 more

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Greek French Turkish 2 more

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  German Croatian Greek 4 more

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Serbian

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Serbian

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Serbian Turkish Greek 1 more

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Turkish Serbian Greek 1 more
Song | English Queen

Suggested by solo.

Song | English Queen

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Romanian Ukrainian

Suggested by solo.

Translations:  Ukrainian

Suggested by Nil. The song is about a young student who dies in a car crash.

Translations:  English French

Suggested by Viola Ortes. Song talks about Stefania, a girl who dies in childbirth at the age of twenty.

Translations:  English French Spanish 2 more

Suggested by stary night.

Translations:  Serbian French Arabic

Suggested by BreezyDay.

Translations:  Greek German Serbian 24 more

Suggested by BreezyDay.

Translations:  Russian Italian French

Suggested by Stefano8. Song tells the story of a man who knows he must die has time to settle his life and say goodbye to everybody and everything, with sadness but no regrets.

Translations:  Polish English

Suggested by Stefano8. Song tells the story of an old woman who is serene while thinking about her death. She had a full life, but now she’s ready to depart; also, she will get to see her loved ones again.

Translations:  Italian Turkish Finnish 15 more

Suggested by Stefano8. This is a tribute for a friend that was gone too soon.

Translations:  English Polish

Suggested by Stefano8. Song is about a young girl who died just as she was entering life, after meeting her first love.

Translations:  English French Spanish 10 more

Suggested by Stefano8. Sadness imbues this song about a horse that toiled in an underground mine its whole life. The only relief it gets is when it’s finally too old to keep working, and it’s put down right after being brought out into the sun one last time.

Translations:  Italian Spanish English

Suggested by Black Mamba.

Translations:  French German Spanish 5 more

Suggested by bilgeakbas.

Translations:  Turkish

Suggested by notaprincess9.

Translations:  German Croatian Russian 4 more

Suggested by notaprincess9.

Translations:  Turkish Greek Finnish 11 more

Suggested by notaprincess9.

Translations:  German Hungarian French 5 more

Suggested by notaprincess9.

Translations:  Greek Turkish German 3 more

Suggested by v1kos. This is an anti-war song. It is about all of the young soldiers who gave their lives in the first World War.

Translations:  Russian French Croatian

Suggested by v1kos. This song is about a woman mourning for the death of her loved one.

Suggested by v1kos. This song is about a man waking up after dreaming about his own death.

Translations:  Greek Serbian Romanian 20 more
Song | English Muse

Suggested by v1kos. This song is about an atheist man who is about to die.

Translations:  Turkish Spanish Greek 6 more

Suggested by v1kos. This song is about the death of Martian (The bassist’s dog ).

Suggested by Jethro Paris.

Translations:  Croatian Spanish Greek 6 more
Comments
DarkJoshuaDarkJoshua    Wed, 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.

RadixIceRadixIce    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 00:34

I need a friend like Laura Pausini :d

RadixIceRadixIce    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 00:41

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

RadixIceRadixIce    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 18:32

Oh,man! She's the kind of friend I need :d

makis17makis17    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 18:49

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

makis17makis17    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 14:30

Χααχαχαχ!! *lol*

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 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

Arou_Arou_    Sun, 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

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Fri, 05/04/2019 - 03:52

When I was a kid, I had an 8-track with this song. Used to listen to it all the time.

Viola OrtesViola Ortes    Sat, 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 OrtesViola Ortes    Sat, 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.

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 04/02/2018 - 19:38

All should have been added by now, thanks for the suggestions Regular smile

alltid_aldrigalltid_aldrig    Wed, 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)

phantasmagoriaphantasmagoria    Thu, 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
Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Thu, 15/02/2018 - 22:31

All should have been added by now, thanks for the suggestions Regular smile

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Sun, 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.

KaraulaKaraula    Mon, 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.

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Sun, 18/11/2018 - 04:33

Knocking on Heaven's Door, Bob Dylan

Hard To Say Good Bye, Boyz to Men

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 18/11/2018 - 18:49

The Boyz song hasn't been added yet, so I can't add it here.

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Fri, 05/04/2019 - 03:48

Sorry, I should have added it. Not sure where my head was

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 18/11/2018 - 18:49

Hi, most of them have been added -- sorry for taking almost nine months in some cases. Better late than never, they say.

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Mon, 19/11/2018 - 14:48

Sinead O'Connor, i am stretched on your grave

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Sun, 16/12/2018 - 23:04

There doesn't seem to be an entry of this song in her page. Is it a cover? I have added one with the same name, if it's different, I'll remove it.

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Fri, 05/04/2019 - 04:05

Sorry I should have added it.

ADDING: Forgive my rudeness!

v1k0sv1k0s    Wed, 03/04/2019 - 01:01

Dropkick Murphys - The Green Fields Of France
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/dropkick-murphys-green-fields-france-lyri...
This is an anti-war song. It is about all of the young soldiers who gave their lives in the first World War.
"And I can't help but wonder, no, Willie McBride
Do all those who lie here know why they died?
Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause"?
Did you really believe that this war would end wars?".

Evanescence - Even in Death
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Evanescence-Even-Death-lyrics.html
This song is about a woman mourning for the death of her loved one.
"Some say I'm crazy for my love, [...]
They don't know you can't leave me
They don't hear you singing to me".

Linkin Park - Leave Out All the Rest
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Linkin-Park-Leave-out-all-rest-lyrics.html
This song is about a man waking up after dreaming about his own death.
"When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed".

Muse - Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Muse-Thoughts-Dying-Atheist-lyrics.html
This song is about an atheist man who is about to die.
"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".

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Death of a martian
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/red-hot-chili-peppers-death-martian-lyric...
This song is about the death of Martian (The bassist’s dog ).
"Bear paws and rascal power
Watching us in your garage
Big girl you ate the neighbor
The nova is over"

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Wed, 03/04/2019 - 00:51

Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers
.Eminem - Difficult A rare song Eminem wrote after his best friend's death. He actually never officialy released it and you can hear how bad he was feeling.
.Eminem - Stan
.Eminem - Bad Guy
.Orelsan - Elle viendra quand même A song about death
.Orelsan - Peur de l'echec This song is self-critical, as the song progresses, Orelsan expresses his disgust with his life and the different ways he would like to end it.
.Craig Grey - Fade Away Created for Grand Theft Auto III. Fun fact: The song mostly play when it's raining.
.Barbara - L'Aigle Noir Barbara never really explained what was the sense of this song. But many thoeries says the Black Eagle is just a metaphor for her dad, who abused her when she was young.
.Vox Angeli - L'Oiseau This song also use a metaphor, the bird being a real person, for sure. BUT, I still don't know if it's about someone's death, or someone who left forever. In any case, it's still a loss...
.Joan Baez - Here's To You
.Louane - Maman A song about her mother
.The Hanging Tree

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Wed, 03/04/2019 - 23:29

Thank you for all of these! I only could add one, as the 100 item limit was reached, however Confused smile

Jethro ParisJethro Paris    Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:35

No problem Juan, don't worry! Wink smile

You can create a part II if you want Teeth smile

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Fri, 05/04/2019 - 02:45

I know you ran out of room but could I suggest some more songs?

Zarya MoonwolfZarya Moonwolf    Thu, 07/05/2020 - 03:20

Will you make a second list? I have a song i'd like to share but there are already 100 in this collection.

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Thu, 07/05/2020 - 15:16

OK, it took me more than a year to think of it, but given all the songs that were left out, I'll open a 'Part II' today evening Wink smile