Songs about death

Created by Alma Barroca on 31 Jan 2018 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 04 Mar 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.

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.

Translations:  English Bosnian Russian 3 more

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.

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

Translations:  Russian English

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

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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.

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

Translations:  Turkish Italian French

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

Translations:  Serbian Spanish French 7 more

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

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Suggested by petit élève. Song talks about mortality.

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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.

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Suggested by maluca.

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

Translations:  English Spanish German

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

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

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Suggested by petit élève.

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Suggested by petit élève. Song is about suicide.

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Suggested by Loot.

Translations:  Croatian

Suggested by maluca.

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Suggested by maluca.

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Suggested by Viola Ortes.

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

Translations:  English Portuguese Polish

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.

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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 Greek French

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

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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

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

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

Translations:  English Spanish French 7 more

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

Translations:  English Turkish German 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.

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:  French Dutch Portuguese 3 more
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Suggested by Diazepan Medina. John Leyton cover.

Translations:  Russian

Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

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Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

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Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

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Suggested by alltid_aldrig.

Translations:  English Polish Esperanto 4 more

Suggested by Sarasvati.

Translations:  Turkish English

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 French German

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

Translations:  Greek Arabic Bosnian 21 more

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

Translations:  Serbian German Russian 22 more

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

Translations:  English Italian German

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:  English Chinese French 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:  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 Dutch 2 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:  Serbian Spanish French 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:  Serbian Spanish French 1 more

Suggested by Karaula.

Translations:  Spanish Croatian Romanian

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.

Translations:  Spanish Croatian Romanian

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.

Translations:  Serbian Greek Croatian 14 more
Comments
DarkJoshua    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.

RadixIce    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 00:34

I need a friend like Laura Pausini :d

RadixIce    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

RadixIce    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 18:32

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

makis17    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 18:49

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

Maria Kritikou    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 07:02

Τι πεθαμενατζίδικα είναι αυτά;;;

makis17    Thu, 01/02/2018 - 14:30

Χααχαχαχ!! *lol*

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

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

petit élève    Sat, 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    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

Loot    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

Maria Kritikou    Sat, 03/02/2018 - 15:03

I like Santa Esmeralda's version of "The house of the rising sun".

Viola 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.

petit élève    Sat, 03/02/2018 - 16:26

A timeless classic. I didn't know he sung it in Italian too

Viola 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 Barroca    Sun, 04/02/2018 - 19:38

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

petit élève    Mon, 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    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)

phantasmagoria    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 Barroca    Thu, 15/02/2018 - 22:31

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

Diazepan 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.

Karaula    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.