For the Good Times — Perry Como

Charles Cowling

 

Heard on R2 while driving, dedicated by a listener to her dead husband. Interesting, isn’t it, how often people choose parting songs for funerals?

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Richard
Richard
8 years ago

Nice one, Evelyn, you hipster!

Noone says it quite like Antony and the Johnsons, imho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHsvRxSbbQ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCbqvJWGI5k

Evelyn
8 years ago

What about Keane – Bend and Break
meet you on the other side? meet you in the light?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MJ0KdvXHzs

Richard
Richard
8 years ago

I also prefer Perry’s version to Al’s but thanks for the comparison link, Peter. Charles, when I’ve scanned these ‘Best Funeral Songs Ever’ compilation sites, I’ve also observed how the melancholy melodies enhance the mood of final farewells but the lyrics are often about relationship break-ups rather than loss through death. And songwriters approach parting in so many ways, in this case a gratitude for good times passed, other times a desperate longing to stay together, and so on. It’s the former that seems most cathartic in the context of bereavement. Here’s 1980s hit, I Don’t Want To Talk About… Read more »

Teresa Evans
8 years ago

Perry Como every time for me Paul. What a voice!

Paul Hensby
8 years ago

Well yes, but what others would they choose? The end of a relationship with a lover you hold dear, and the end of a live of a loved one have similarities in how our emotions feel.
The Perry Como version of this Kris Kristofferson song is good but a lastsongster prefers the Al Green cover.
http://www.mylastsong.com/advice/19093/159/115/music/fave-five-last-songs/al-green-for-the-good-times