Unconventional funeral songs

Created by Guest on 16 Dec 2018
Unconventional funeral songs

Songs that deal with death in a way that's unconventional, inconvenient, funny, disrespectful, or otherwise "weird".
In a sentence, songs that would make most people cringe if they were to hear it playing at a funeral.

People from this family gather only when someone dies, and only to save the appearances. In reality, they can’t stand each other, nor the boring rituals they have to go through.

Song language:  Lombard

Artist:  Charlie Cinelli

Translations:  EnglishIPAItalian

The last will of an unconventional person: no crying or funeral faces, just a few thoughts about him, and then on with life and its pleasures.

Song language:  Lombard

Artist:  Charlie Cinelli

Translations:  EnglishIPAItalianPolish

As a last act of defiance, this man subverts many social conventions, praises people who are despised by "decent" people, and leaves with a bitter consideration about how death is really a lonely matter, regardless of how we might delude ourselves about it.

Song language:  Italian

Artist:  Fabrizio De André

Translations:  CroatianEnglishFrenchGreek   2 more

Once we get past sweet-talk and platitudes, what death teaches us is to enjoy life as long as we can.

Song language:  Lombard

Artist:  Luciano Ravasio

Translations:  EnglishIPAItalianPolish

Nuclear holocaust is a jolly prospect: there’ll be nobody left for grieving.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Tom Lehrer

Translations:  FrenchItalianSpanish

That of a gravedigger is a profession despised by most people. Yet, he’s just trying to earn his living in an honest way.

Song language:  French

Artist:  Georges Brassens

Translations:  BretonCatalanEnglishItalian   2 more

The singer lost his sweetheart to death, so he finds comfort in her sister.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Percy Montrose

Translations:  CroatianFrenchGermanHungarian

On its 100th birthday, a cemetery throws a lively party.

Song language:  German (Austrian/Bavarian)

Artist:  Wolfgang Ambros

Translations:  EnglishSpanish

This dying man wants no splendor nor hypocrisy for his funeral. He’s already at peace with himself and doesn't need all that nonsense.

Song language:  Sardinian (northern dialects)

Artist:  Cordas et Cannas

Translations:  EnglishGreekItalianNeapolitan   2 more

The singer wants a happy funeral: no dying of sorrow (pena), just dying for his kind of music (plena).

Languages:  Spanish → English

Created by Diazepan Medina on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A criminal's tombstone can't be but unconventional. He dealt with drugs, booze, and guns during his life, and he wants it to be reflected in his memory.

Song language:  Spanish

Artist:  Grupo Exterminador

Translations:  EnglishGerman

The funeral of a peasant: he worked scores of land for his master, yet he'll have just a small pit as his grave. That's what's due to him, and sadly it might even be more than he ever had while still alive.

Song language:  Portuguese

Artist:  Chico Buarque

Translations:  EnglishFrenchItalian

The singer revels in dreams of revenge against the man who took everything away from him.

Languages:  French → English

A man writes a letter to his brother, who killed him over his wife. So, now the lovers are free to be together, and all in all the murdered man is glad to see his wife finally happy.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Leonard Cohen

Translations:  ArabicAzerbaijaniCroatianFrench   14 more

It would be so good not to die by chance, to be able to depart on one’s own terms.

Song language:  Portuguese

Artist:  José Gomes Ferreira

Translations:  FrenchItalianSpanish

This would be a perfect theme song for the ceremony of the Darwin Awards.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Tangerine Kitty

Translations:  CzechDutchFinnishFrench   3 more

Death is unavoidable, so we might as well take it lightly.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Eric Idle

Translations:  DutchGermanItalianPolish

The singer needs to bury his grandpa, but being out of money, he has to "argue" with coffin dealers and clergymen to get what he needs.

Song language:  French

Artist:  Georges Brassens

Translations:  BretonEnglish

Everybody’s equal when facing death.

Song language:  French

Artist:  Georges Brassens

Translations:  EnglishSpanish

Two "minstrels" on their horses wake up the dead and offer them a chance to live again.
Yet, life is both joy and sorrow, and not everyone would welcome such an offer.

Song language:  French

Artist:  Édith Piaf

Translations:  EnglishRomanian

Comments
Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Wed, 26/12/2018 - 12:36

I've got a good one. A classic song from the Wizard of Oz called Ding Dong the Witch is Dead (I think I got the title correct) anyway if this song was to be sung or played at a funeral I would laugh xD.

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Tue, 09/04/2019 - 02:47

Seriously, "Famous Blue Raincoat" is a Funeral song?
A letter from the dead you think? you think one word in figurative meaning could overbalance the meaning of the whole song?