Julian Bamford Funeral Celebrant Melbourne Australia - Music & Songs
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Music and Songs...

Music and songs listed below have been chosen for services by families. 
Some I have heard played once, others quite often, all with the meaning they bring with each unique farewell.

  • Popular 
  • Current and contemporary, 
  • Jazz and World Music, 
  • 1930's 40, 50's... 
  • Bagpipes
  • Instrumental
  • Classical
  • Religious / Spiritual 
  • Rock'n'roll
  • and songs quirky and offbeat. 

Listed mostly by date first published, some with link (others - copy, paste and go). 

I hope you find ideas for the music and words for the service you're planning, and the goodbye you want to give.  


A WORK IN PROGRESS ... Ongoing


ADELE
When We Were Young - Adele


WARREN ZEVON
Keep Me in Your Heart 

Excerpt from lyrics: 
Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for a while
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for a while

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for a while
There's a train leaving nightly called, "When all is said and done"
Keep me in your heart for a while

Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for a while


ROY ORBISON
In Dreams

Excerpt from lyrics: 
In dreams I walk with you, in dreams I talk to you
In dreams you're mine, all of the time
We're together in dreams, in dreams
But just before the dawn, I awake and find you gone
I can't help it, I can't help it, if I cry
I remember that you said goodbye


ED SHEERAN
Perfect 

I See Fire 


GURRUMUL - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Wiyathal 

ARCHIE ROACH
River Song 

Life is worth living


KATIE MELUA
The Walls of the World

I Cried For You

The Closest Thing to Crazy

Blowin In The Wind

Fields of Gold

Wonderful Life


KATIE MELUA & EVA CASSIDY


SHERYL CROW & STING
Always On Your Side


CAT STEVENS (YUSUF ISLAM)
How Can I Tell You I Love You

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Father and Son
https://youtu.be/X8W5U2tIFQI (1970) 3m 53s) Album: Tea for the Tillerman

Morning Has Broken


SARAH MCLACHLAN
Arms of the Angel (2006) 4m:34s


LINDA RONSTADT
Goodbye My Friend


ENYA
If I Could Be Where You Are

The Humming 


LEONARD COHEN
Dance Me To The End Of Love

Bird On A Wire

Hallelujah (1984) 4m:37s 


K.D. LANG 
Hallelujah


CHRIS ISAAK 
Can't Help Falling In Love


VAN MORRISON 
Someone Like You

Have I Told You Lately


INIGO PASCUAL
Remember Me  


ANTHONY WARLOW
This Is The Moment 


FRANCES
Don’t Worry About Me 

Let it Out


SILVIE PALADINO
You Raise Me Up 


BEYONCE  
I Was here
https://youtu.be/i41qWJ6QjPI   (Video Clip: Official United Nations World Humanitarian Day Performance)

      "I want to leave my footprints on the sand of time
       Know there was something that, something that I left behind
       When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets
       Leave something to remember, so they won't forget"


CHRISTINA PERRY
A Thousand Years 


JOSH GROBAN
You Raise Me Up (2010) 4m:49s


FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Dog Days are Over (2009) 3m:43s


SLIM DUSTY
Looking forward Looking Back  (2009) 4m:09s 


MICHAEL BUBLE
Thats Life  (2007) 4m:15s

      'I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate
      A poet, a pawn, and a king
      I've been up and down and over and out
      But I know one thing
      Each time I find myself flat on my face
      I pick myself up and get back in the race'


THE CLASH
London Calling  (2009) 3m:23s


NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 
Into My Arms (2003) 4m:11s


MARIAH CAREY & BOYZ II MEN
One Sweet Day  (1995) 4m:45s

     'And I know you're shining down on me from heaven
     Like so many friends we've lost along the way
     And I know eventually we'll be together
     One sweet day'


WHITNEY HOUSTON 
I will always love you (1992) 4m:34s


WENDY MATTHEWS
The Day You Went Away (1992) 4m 43s


ERIC CLAPTON
Tears from Heaven (1992) 4m:35s

     Would you know my name
     If I saw you in heaven?
     Would it be the same
     If I saw you in heaven?
     I must be strong and carry on
'    Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven


BETTE MIDLER 
From A Distance (1990) 4m:38s

     From a distance there is harmony
     And it echoes through the land
     It's the voice of hope
     It's the voice of peace
     It's the voice of every man

Under the Boardwalk  (1988) 3m:32s  

The Rose (1979) 3m:44s 

     Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
     Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
     Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
     I say love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed


THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS
End of the Line (1988) 3m:25s

     Well it's all right, even when push comes to shove
     Well it's all right, if you got someone to love
     Well it's all right, everything'll work out fine
     Well it's all right, we're going to the end of the line

Handle With Care (1988) 3m:17s


MIKE & THE MECHANICS
The Living Years (1988) 5m:24s


SKYHOOKS
Balwyn Calling (1984)


RENEE GEYER
Say I Love You' (1981)


JOHN DENVER & PLACIDO DOMINGO
Perhaps Love 


JOHN DENVER
Somedays are Diamonds


ABBA
Thank you for the Music (1980)

Knowing Me Knowing You (1976)


WALLACE & MATILDA
Clancy of the Overflow (1980) 4m:12s
"For over 30 years Wallis and Matilda have moved the emotions of Australians of all ages with their inspired musical interpretations of the works of A.B. (Banjo) Paterson."  https://www.wallisandmatilda.com.au/


CAVATINA from the Deer Hunter
CARisMA Guitar Duo playing the 'Cavatina' by S. Myers from the Movie "The Deer Hunter" with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra on May 5, 2013!


KASHMIR : LED ZEPPELIN / YAMATO String Quartet Arr (6m 58s)


ALEXANDRA WHITTINGHAM plays Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega. 
Filmed in the Church of St Pierre in Martignac, South-West France.


TRACY CHAPMAN (Live on Letterman 2015)
Stand By Me


DRAGON
Still In Love With You (1978) 3m:24s


BEE GEES
How Deep Is Your Love

To Love Somebody
https://youtu.be/4sqCyseLSlQ  (1967, first released) 4m:9s (live)


LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Wonderful World (1976) 2m:30s


ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Dream a Little Dream of Me 3m:06s


BOB DYLAN
Black Diamond Bay (1976) 6m:24s


THE SEEKERS 
Morning Town Ride  (1968) 2m:34s


Isa Lei (1967) 2m:33s


Georgy Girl (1966) 2m:33s


Open Up Them Pearly Gates (1966) 2m:13s 


PETULA CLARK
Colour My World (1967) 2m:52s (in Priscilla Queen of the Desert) 


SARAH BRIGHTMAN
Ava Maria

Who Wants to Live Forever


ANDREA BOCELLI
Ave Maria


ANDREA BOCELLI & SARAH BRIGHTMAN
Time to Say Goodbye 


ANDREA BOCELLI & CELINE DION
The Prayer


CELINE DION
My Heart Will Go On, Theme from Titanic


MARK VINCENT
Time To Say Goodbye


The Power of Love 
Huey Lewis


THE EAGLES
No More Walks in the Woods; No More Cloudy Days


I Shot the Sheriff


BOBBY DARREN
If I was a Carpenter


JO STAFFORD
Some Enchanted Evening



GENE KELLY
Heather on the Hill (Brigadoon) 


JULIE COVINGTON
Don't cry for me Argentina


My Way; Young at Heart;  I'll Be Seeing You, 
Frank Sinatra

My Way
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Moon River

MARK KNOPPFLER
I’m Going Home

Theme from a Summer Place
Percy Faith. 

Memory
Barbara Streisand

Que Sera Sera
Doris Day

Home, Sweet Home
Greta Bradman

A Summer Place
Percy Faith

No Regrets
Edith Piaf

Autumn Leaves
Richard Clayderman

Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Byrds

Hey Jude; Let It Be
The Beatles

She Loves You, Twist and Shout
The Beatles

Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel

Heart of Gold
Neil Young

Feeling Alright; The Letter; With a Little Help From My Friends
Joe Cocker

Message to You Rudi
The Specials 

The Right Thing
Simply Red

What Can I Say
Boz Skags

Adieu False Heart
Ann Savoy and Linda Ronstandt

Why Can’t I Cry; Kiss Me Goodbye
Petula Clark

John B Goode
Chuck Berry 

Somewhere over the Rainbow
Israel Kammakawa’ole

Amazing Grace
Il Divo

King of the Road
Roger Miller

Beautiful Noise; Sweet Caroline; Red Wine
Neil Diamond

People; The Way We Were; Memories
Barbara Streisand

I Watch the Sunrise
Kathryn Crossweller

Through The Years
Kenny Rodgers


Waltz of the Flowers
Arthur Fiedler

Music Box Dancer
Frank Mills

And I Love You So
Perry Como

Serenade
Mario Lanza

Lili Marlene
Marlene Dietrich

Everybody Loves Somebody; Dream a Little Dream of Me
Dean Martin

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
John McCormack and Frank Patterson

You Are My Sunshine
Elizabeth Mitchell

Go Lassie Go
The Columba Minstrels

Talk to the Animals

I’m Coming Virginia;  Oh Lady Be Good
Benny Goodman

Autumn In Tufnell Park
Wally Fawkes

Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller



House of Fun, Madness.

Fathers Eyes - Eric Clapton

You’re Best Friend - by Queen.

Sweet Surrender - Wet Wet Wet

One Night in Heaven - M People

Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac

Oblivion, Song of the Angels, by Richard Tonetti.

Run like Hell – Pink Floyd 

Mio Babino Caro

Ave Maria by F. Schubert 

Everything I Own – Bread

Prologue and Crunchy Granola Suite – Neil Diamond

Crazy - Patsy Kline

Solitary Man - Neil Diamond

Show Me The Way To Go Home - Ray Anthony 

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Redemption - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Watermark - Enya

The Day You Went Away - Wendy Matthews

Beyond the sea - Robbie Williams

It’s my life - Bon Jovi

Yellow - Cold Play

Moon River – Andy Williams

Dolannes Melodie - Richard Clayderman

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Richard Clayderman

Space Oddity (Major Tom) - David Bowie

Sunday Roast - Courtney Barnett

Dark Art - Jen Cloher

Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Time after time - Cindy Lauper

Let it Be - Beatles

I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers

Fur Elise - Beethoven

A Mi Manera - Gipsy Kings

Never Never Never - Shirley Bassey


CHANTS & BLESSINGS (BUDDHIST & OTHER)

THICH NHAT HANH 
The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) (English & Vietnamese) (7:13)


SOGYAL RINPOCHE
Rest In Natural Great Peace


TINA TURNER
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra)




BAGPIPES

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Amazing Grace
https://youtu.be/jkLXOWimMY8

Willie Smith’s Farewell To Edinburgh Castle 


WORLD MUSIC - LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH


The Warrior, Ipi 'N Tombia
featuring Margaret Singana

Maori Farewell (Now is the Hour)
Marty Robbin

Tablas
Zakir Hussain and Friends

Walking the Human Road (Mandarin)
Teresa Teng  

The Moon Represents My Heart (Mandarin)
Teresa Teng  
https://youtu.be/bv_cEeDlop0

Song of Sunset (Mandarin)
Anita Mui
https://youtu.be/Yy--VW8PCAY


Basho
Su and Jin(Korean)


Put Vejini
Latvian Folk Song (Latvian)


GUITAR


Capricho Arabe(2017) by Francisco Tárrega (5m:29s)
Alexandra Whittingham
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7ZLcUYzvnc

  • Video Clip: 20 Year old British Guitarist Alexandra Whittingham.
  • Filmed in the Church of St Pierre in Martignac, South-West France.

Cavatina 3mins:34secs
John Williams 


CLASSICAL

Violin Concerto
Max Bruch

Canon in D major(Johann Pachelbel) 6mins:17secs


DEBUSSY
Clair De Lune


BOCCHEREINI
Quintet in E Major, Op.11, No.5, G.275 (Arr. for Orchestra) - 3. Minuet 
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra



PUCCINI
Intermezzo, Turandot 
CD: Essential Opera) (5min:5secs) 

Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) 
CD: Essential Opera. (3min:15secs)

Un bel di vedremo [One fine day] Don Giovani
Essential Opera (4mins:34secs)

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra K299 (9min:50secs) Live
Croation Chamber Orchestra


BIZET
Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves). Carmen Essential Opera. (4mins:34secs)


STRAUSS
Blue Danube


LISZT
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 
Performed by Valentina Lisitsa (9m 46s)
Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland

Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 
Played by Vadim Chaimovich (https://www.youtube.com/vadimchaimovich

The Swan – Saint-Saens
Yo-Yo-Ma (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano)


J.S. BACH
Air on the G String (Suite No.3, BWV 1068) original instruments) 2nd movement  

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048, I. [Allegro]  
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre

Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre

Concerto No.5 in F-minor for harpsichord and strings(BWV 1056) - 
LARGO, MARIA JOÃO PIRES, piano RICCARDO CHAILLY, conductor

The Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor
BWV 1043/Doppelkonzert für zwei Violinen d-Moll BWV 1043
Arabella Steinbacher & Akiko Suwanai 

Ave Maria, J.S.Bach/Gounard
Yo-Yo-Ma (cello) Kathryn Stott (piano); Air on G String – J.S.Bach 



Classical - chosen for following service & during refreshments time

Brandenburg Concerto. No.3 in G Major BWV 1048 (J.S. Bach)
Freidburger Barockorchester (8mins)


Canon in D. Pachelbel. 
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Marriner) (4m29s)


Arioso. Cello and Organ BWV 156.  
nne Martindale Williams (cello) and Diane Bish (organ) (5m29s) 


Minuet in G Minor by G. F. Handel arr Wilhelm Kempff 
Performed by Khatia Buniatishvili 


Contemporary Instrumental


Malena (2017) 4m:10s
2CELLOS, Ornette Coleman and Robin Smith


The Rose
Andre Rieu

Feelings (John Williams) 4mins:03secs 

Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission - Ennio Morricone) 2min:14secs 

Falls (The Mission - Ennio Morricone) 1min:55secs



Religious

Psalm 23, 'The Lord Is My Shepherd' by the Choir of Wells Cathedral


Harry Secombe
Jerusalem(1959) 2m:12s
https://youtu.be/Lat58v5Qf9E

Peter Dawson 
Jerusalem (1934)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mswEYI3WknU
This is an extract from a 1934 recording by Australian baritone Peter Dawson (1882-1961). Download the whole work at http://dawson.eavb.co.uk