1 May 2011
Thought about this when posting ‘Deep Blue’ over in the ‘Listening To Right Now’ thread – apologies if this thread exists.
What songs have a special personal meaning to you, good or bad, and, if appropriate and you wish to say, why?
Two songs for me are ‘Deep Blue’ by George and Paul’s ‘Mrs Vanderbilt’, both of which took on meaning when my father was admitted to a hospice near the end of his 5 month battle against lung cancer.
‘Deep Blue’ just because the situation was so unbelievably shit and there was nothing good about it yet the weather was always sunny and you had to remain positive through out. There is also a clear connection to the circumstances of George writing the track
The composition was inspired by the deteriorating condition of his mother, Louise, before she succumbed to cancer in July 1970, and by Harrison’s feelings of helplessness as he visited her in hospital in the north of England.
‘Mrs Vanderblit’ for the lines
What’s the use of worrying?
What’s the use of hurrying?
What’s the use of anything?
The lines brought some comfort as worrying about it all at the time wouldn’t have achieved or changed anything so it was simply keep on going.
‘I’ll Follow The Sun ‘ was the one current popular song played at my fathers funeral.
Apologies for the morbid beginning. Anyone with anything more cheerful?
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15 February 2015
Martha My Dear — for obvious reasons
In My Life — I feel an inexplicable nostalgia for something I can’t put my finger on when I hear it, probably just the song’s magic working on me.
Apple Scruffs — George is singing to me (and a thousand Harrifans before me)
Any Road (George)– that line ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there’ always stuck out in my three year old mind, being the only line I consciously remembered.
Most of George’s songs which I was obsessed with at one time or another, notably What Is Life , Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp, Blow Away, Give Me Love, Miss O’Dell, etc.
That’s all I can think of right now, but I’ll be back.
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17 January 2016
Good Night is one because my mom would sing that to me as a lullaby.
Here Comes The Sun reminds me of my mom showing my brother and I how to watch a solar eclipse using the pinhole and paper method. When it was over and the sun came back full force, mom put the song on and we all sang along. To this day it’s a song I go to for comfort. Just the reassurance that “it’s alright”.
In My Life just says everything for me. Like @Beatlebug I just get a strong feeling of nostalgia when I hear it. I want it played at my funeral as cliche as that may sound.
There are three, I will come back to the thread later with more, I’m sure.
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18 April 2013
15 February 2015
Expert Textpert said
I want Elvis Presley’s version of Danny Boy played at my funeral.
ATMP for me (the song, not the album)
…or perhaps Marwa Blues.
Back on topic, I always had a fondness for My Sweet Lord of all songs, because it was the only Harrisong I knew for years (besides Any Road), and I like it, so
1 November 2013
I’d want Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da at my funeral. It is related to life and is a happy look at the life that was lived.
The Beatles song that I really liked before I dive into the Beatles was Maxwells Silver Hammer.
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28 July 2015
As strange as this is, not because of the title, but the song Money (That’s What I Want) reminds me of my best friend all through elementary because when she moved over the summer, she surprised me and when she rang the doorbell, I was listening to that song for the very first time.
Yellow Submarine (song) reminds me of music class because we sang it very often and I loved it.
I probably have more, but I can’t think of any more at the moment. I’ll definitely be back soon to this thread to continue my list