Pop Stand Playlist: Graveside Service

Noel Holston
2 min readApr 9, 2024

Or: a tiskit, a taskit, a concert for the casket

Cemetery in Ireland. Photo by Noel Holston (Author)

Let’s get morbid for a change. No dance ditties, no club-crawl concertos, no chansons d’amour. This edition of Pop Stand is devoted to songs about burial. It’s overdue, not premature.

This is a tricky one, a challenging undertaking, but there are surely more titles that I missed.

Please add your picks to the comments section.

And When I Die — Laura Nyro

“Just bundle up my coffin ’cause it’s cold way down there”

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie — Tex Ritter

“Where the coyotes howl and the wind blows free”

Pineola — Lucinda Williams

“I think I must’ve picked up a handful of dust/Then I let it fall over his grave”

That Day Is Done— Paul McCartney

“I made no sign, I made no sound/I know I must stay underground”

Mother Earth — Mother Earth

“When it all comes down you got to go back to Mother Earth”

One Foot in the Grave — Beck

“Don’t go carving no happy face on my tombstone

Eleanor Rigby — The Beatles

“Father McKenzie, wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave”

One Dying’and a Buryin’ — Roger Miller

“Some crying, six carryin’ me/I want to be free”

Find the Cost of Freedom — CSN&Y

“Buried in the ground/Mother Earth will cover you/Lay your body down”

I Got a Mind to Give Up Living — B.B. King

“And go shopping instead/ To pick me a tombstone, and be pronounced dead

Funeral March of a Marionette (Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme) — Charles Gounod

“Boom pah boom pah bah boom pah boomp, boom pah boom pah bah boom pah boomp”

Bury My Body — The Animals

“Lord, I don’t care where they . . .”

Spirit in the Sky — Norman Greenbaum

“When I die and they lay me to rest/ Gonna go to the place that’s the best”

Endless Sleep — Jody Reynolds

“I heard a voice cryin’ in the deep/Come join me, baby, in my endless sleep”