Title

Lyrical themes in 2006 top ten UK funeral songs

Document Type

Presentation

Source Publication

The 8th International Conference of the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal

Publication Date

9-13-2007

Publisher

University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) and Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA)

Abstract

The present study aims to identify the lyrical themes in 2006 top ten UK funeral songs. Eight emerging concepts were discovered in the preliminary analysis. First, the relationship described in the majority of the ten funeral songs is a romantic relationship. Second, the prevalent behavioural response to loss or separation is waiting for the other person. Third, the typical emotional responses are lingering passion for, feelings of emptiness and incompleteness without the other person. Fourth, cognitive responses are primarily about reminiscence of and missing the other person. Fifth, pain and loneliness are the common adversity the remaining person experienced. Sixth, wishes to keep the memories of togetherness intact and to express own feelings to the other person are frequently mentioned. Seventh, a few songs conveyed a gratitude for what the other person has done for oneself. Eighth, death is only portrayed in one song and that it is peaceful as well as causes forgetfulness of past life. Discussion will focus on the use of euphemism for death in funeral songs, how to relate these lyrical themes to mortality anxiety as well as analyze obituaries and epitaph in future studies.

Additional Information

Abstract of presentation is also published in "Mortality", 12(Supp.1), S49.

Recommended Citation

Hui, V. K.-Y. (2007, September). Lyrical themes in 2006 top ten UK funeral songs. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference of the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, Bath, United Kingdom.

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