Music for our passing of days

Music is a great leveller that speaks across many sectors of what has become a fractured society.  A quick search on the internet reveals the most popular songs sung or performed at this time.  It’s somewhat like the top 40 but in this case it is the top 10 or 20, funeral songs or ending of days songs.  Not only chosen by the one dying but also by family and friends as part of their memory stick to use an indigenous term.

Some songs that don’t make the list might be worth considering because they speak to the particular emotions that we feel or because they fit into a musical taste outside of the crowd vote. These are classics for many people. One of the songs that has touched a cord with many people regardless of their musical taste, is a cross-over piece titled: I’ll Fly Away, made popular by Johnny Cash.

I’ll Fly Away

Alan Jackson

Some glad mornin’ when this life is over
I’ll fly away
To a home on God’s celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh, glory
I’ll fly away
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by
I’ll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I’ll fly away
To a land where joy shall never end
I’ll fly away


Two YouTube selections here … Alan Jackson (2013)- I’ll Fly Away;

Johnny Cash (2010) – I’ll Fly Away

Cash’s daughter Rosanne Cash is also pictured here …


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