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What songs would you choose?

Gents (and Ladies),

I have recently attended 3 funerals of ex forces personnel. In no particular order, there have been Amazing Grace, Flower of Scotland and Scottish Soldier for an obvious Jock. Abide with Me, Jerusalem and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. The last was quite sudden and I don't think he chose the selection, as I couldn't recognise any of the songs.

So, I have indicated to W0A, that I would like an iconic song for all the decades I have lived in (currently 6) and am thinking about using the following:

50's (No not the 1850's) Poetry in motion (my first 45) Johnny Tillotson?
60's Kites - Simon Dupree & The Big Sound?
70's Too Much too Young - Specials
80's Ghost Town - Specials?
90's Wild Boys - Duran Duran (I may be in wrong decade here)
2000 So far it's Rhianna just for the looks!

However, they can just play Rolf Harris with 2 Little boys at the end and that would kill me...Oh, sorry ...

Over to you for your favourite final passing out parade!

It has to be Gregory Isaacs

Sad To Know (You're leaving)

Oh yeah,
After you made my day
Hurts to know you're going away
Seems like my life begin to ruin
Now that you're departing pretty soon
But what more can I say, yeah

Sad to know that you're leaving
Even though it's kinda grieving
Sad to know that you're leaving
But I know that you'll return real soon

You can send me a postcard
Mail it home to the same yard
You know what loneliness brings
But Jah will guide you out and coming in

What more can I say
Sad to know that you're leaving
Even though it's kinda grieving
Sad to know that you're leaving
But Jah will guide you out and coming in
Oh yeah

My brother and I used to play it to each other whenever one or the other of us had to go away. I didn't play it at his funeral, he asked me not to as he didn't think I would be able to take it (he was right).
There's a tune called " The Sleeping Warrior " by Mike Gill, it's atribute to the lads who fought in the Falklands war, it's very moving and a great tune, very popular up here in Scotland but all soldiers will like it.
If you have ever seen the film Alive about the plane crash in the Andes then you may remember the final sequence is an aerial shot circling round a cross on the mountain. Aaron Neville sings Ave Maria and although not the most technically perfect rendition it is the most haunting I have ever heard.


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The Largo, from Dvorak's New World Symphony ( Going Home) (( The music from the Hovis advert, for the philistines)) Followed by 'Ave Maria' sung by Maria Callas and out to 'Bat out of Hell' And I want wailing, weeping, gnashing of teeth and people in ashes and sackcloth!
Because I'll be watching from the ceiling at my funeral, I fully intend to make the 'audience' blubber.
The first one will be Who wants to live forever by Queen
Then... My Bijou, again by Queen

There wont be a dry eye in the house and if I do spot one, I'll haunt them if I can. (mind you, I've already comitted myself to full time haunting of the Ex Wife)
I will then round the dismal event off with the funny version of Elvis Presleys .. Are you Lonesome tonight. It's infectious.

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