The Rose -Westlife or Bette Middler
My Auntie used to play The Rose by Bette Middler all the time when her husband was away working and last year when he died aged 56 The Rose by Westlife was played at his Celebration of Life.
Some say love, it is a river
that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
and you its only seed.
It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dyin'
that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been to long,
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes the rose.
The Rose - Bette Midler
by Robert Mitchell
(nixa, missouri, USA)
My sister, who was 23 when she died.... I played this song (among others) at her funeral. She was pushed out of a window at age 18, and the doctors said she wasn't going to make it... And if she did, she would never walk or talk again. So, I stayed right by her side the entire 9 months at the hospital, and she looked at me one day and said 'bubba' ... her name for me.
After she recovered, she got her GED and started attending college in New Mexico. She then died in New Mexico on February 29, 2008 (on leap year).
Other songs I played at her funeral:
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Ray Charles
And All That Could Have Been - Nine Inch Nails