Tag Archives: Songs about loss

“Wave Goodbye” by Chris Cornell

A touching memorial song about the loss of a close friend

Almost 20 years before his own untimely death, Chris Cornell penned a beautiful tribute to his friend and fellow musician, Jeff Buckley. “Wave Goodbye,” from his first solo album, “Euphoria Mourning,” details in perfect precision what it’s like to lose … Continue reading

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Reveling in Sadness: “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” by Ella Fitzgerald

The First Lady of Jazz talks about what it means to have the blues

There’s something about the deep resonance of Ella Fitzgerald’s voice that is at once beautiful and profoundly sad. When she sings about the joys of life, each word spills from her lips like sugar drops, but when she sings the … Continue reading

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Memorial Song: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Hit “Alone Again” Touches on Many Kinds of Grief and Loss

Including something unfamiliar to us, unacknowledged grief

The lyrics of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s 1972 number one hit “Alone Again” beautifully weave stories in and out of many kinds of grief and loss. The song grabs our hearts with these heartbreaking losses, having earned him 3 Grammy Awards for the top … Continue reading

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Beautiful Funeral Song: “Touched By An Angel” by Stevie Nicks

A beautiful funeral song inspired by the singer-songwriter’s belief in an angel awaiting us upon death

In 2001, this gem of a song appeared in one of my favorite films, Sweet November, written and sung by the gifted Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and solo fame. In Stevie Nicks’ own words, “Touched By An Angel” was … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “Orpheo” by Andrew Bird

A folk song that channels Greek myth to explore music and loss

Andrew Bird’s “Orpheo” looks at untimely loss and the power of music through a famous Greek myth. Orpheus was the master musician among all men; he could influence trees, stones and streams. No one could resist his lyre and voice, … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “Kettering” by The Antlers

A caretaker's haunting story of losing a loved one to terminal illness

Imagine watching the person you love succumb to terminal illness. Hospice, an album by the The Antlers, tells the story of a woman’s end of life. Told through the perspective of her caretaker, the songs teem with harrowing nightmares and … Continue reading

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