The Walking-In song and the Walking-Out song…

The Co-Operative Funeral Service (oooh they gave him a lovely send-off, and a nice ham tea afterwards) has published a list of the five most popular songs that get played at funerals, the list being published in order to amuse and entertain us, make us think about our own funeral, and provide their press agency with something to release to the newspapers for further free advertising …

Me, cynical, never.

So the top five “sensible” funeral songs are…

1. My Way, Frank Sinatra
2. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
3. Time to Say Goodbye, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
4. Angels, Robbie Williams
5. Over the Rainbow, Eva Cassidy

And the top five “quirky” songs that are supposed to make the gathered friends and relations gasp in shock or turn to each other and remark “ooh he was such a card wasn’t he” are…

1. Another One Bites the Dust, Queen
2. Disco Inferno, The Trammps
3. Bat out of Hell, Meatloaf
4. Spirit in the Sky, Gareth Gates and the Kumars
5. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash

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My own choice of walking-in song and walking-out song changes from year to year but my eldest daughter already knows that “The Famous Final Scene” by Bob Seger is a favourite for the walking-out song, played loudly, and no-one gets to actually walk out until the last note dies to the echo…

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