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5 Songs to Avoid When Arranging a Funeral


Chasmac is a semi-retired guitar teacher who has taught in various schools in London and elsewhere for over 30 years.


When choosing music for a funeral, special attention must, of course, be given to the wishes or tastes of the dearly departed. Beyond that, if other music is required, and you're asked to contribute suggestions, there's lots of fitting choices available. However, if your relationship with the deceased was less than cordial, there are also many songs that you might consider well fitting but others will find offensive and inappropriate. Here, then, are five songs that are best avoided unless, of course, the assembled mourners are of the same mind as you.

1. "Death of a Clown" by the Kinks

Depending on your relationship with the deceased, you might relish singing along to the chorus of this song , "Let's All Drink to the Death of a Clown", if you can get it included in the funeral song list. I wouldn't advise suggesting it, though, unless you're prepared to deal with the flak you're bound to receive from some mourners who are obviously more charitable than you are.

2. "Highway to Hell" by AC-DC

Choosing this AC-DC song is a sure way to let everyone know you've no doubt concerning the deceased's final destination. Not only that but taking the highway will ensure the speediest journey possible. It's a bit risky, though, as you could very well find yourself on the same highway immediately after.

3. "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones

Expressing a feeling of sympathy for the Devil on his encounter with his newest arrival, which suggesting this classic Stones song will do, is going to let everyone know your true feelings. If that's what you want, go for it. Otherwise play it safe and choose something less likely to cause you serious injury.

4. "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by Johnny Cash

This song by Johnny Cash isn't in any way critical. Suggesting it might be seen as humorous and be borderline acceptable. However, you should make an effort to resist singing out "Yippee Aye Ehhh" when the chorus comes along. That would be a giveaway.

5. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day

With a title like"Good Riddance", you're back in deeply offensive territory. If everyone feels the same way, it's a great choice of funeral song. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.

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BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 24, 2021:

Lol. Maybe a couple would suit a few.

But no...i guess it's not time time or place.

Keith Abt from The Garden State on September 24, 2021:

Another AC/DC song that would qualify for this list: "Goodbye and Good Riddance to Bad Luck"

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