A lot of songs about losing a loved one talk about how you still feel them close to you. These songs are distinctly different because they are from the perspective of the person who has gone away. they bring comfort because they are reminding the people still here but they’re not gone and that one day you will be reunited.
“I’ll Be There” by Escape Club
“I’ll Be There” is a song from the 80s. In the song, the narrator is someone who has passed away but is still looking down and loving the woman he left behind.
Don’t be afraid, oh my love
I’ll be watching you from above
And I’d give all the world tonight,
to be with you
Because I’m on your side,
And I still care
I may have died,
but I’ve gone nowhere
“I’m Already There” by Lonestar
Lonestar sings this song about a father who’s apart from his family but still feels like he’s home in his heart.
I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground
I’m the whisper in the wind
I’m your imaginary friend
And I know I’m in your prayers
Oh, I’m already there
“Keep Me In Your Heart” by Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon wrote this song, along with the others on his final album titled The Wind, after learning he had mesothelioma. It was recorded shortly before he passed away. One of my favorite lines in the song is “Sometimes when you’re doing simple things around the house / Maybe you’ll think of me and smile.”
Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you
“Lullabye (Goodnight, my Angel)” by Billy Joel
Billy Joel wrote this song for his daughter to explain to her where people went when they died and to help her understand his and her mother’s, Chrstie Brinkley, divorce. The song talks about how close they will always be no matter what might separate them.
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away
“My Last Breath” by Evanescence
This song tells the story about a girl who is dying in her lover’s arms and confessing her love to him.
Hold on to me love
You know I can’t stay long
All I wanted to say was I love you and I’m not afraid
Can you hear me?
Can you feel me in your arms?
Holding my last breath
Safe inside myself
Are all my thoughts of you
Sweet raptured light it ends here tonight
“Remember” by Josh Groban
This song appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Troy. But please don’t let that fact sway you away from a beautiful song.
Remember, I will still be here
As long as you hold me, in your memory
Remember, when your dreams have ended
Time can be transcended
Just remember me
“Shine On” by JET
Nic Cester wrote “Shine On” as a way to comfort his family after his father died. In the song, his father reassures the family.
When the days all feel the same
Don’t feel the cold or wind or rain
Everything will be okay
We will meet again one day
“Silent Lucidity” by Queensrÿche
This song is meant to describe the feelings a parent has as he watches his child sleeping. The lyrics are generic enough that it could be used to describe anyone who might be watching out for their loved ones.
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you hear and see this magic new dimension
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help to see you through
I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
In silent lucidity
“The Flame” by Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick managed to reach #1 on the Billboard with this song written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. In this soft ballad, the narrator tells the girl he loves that will always be there for her. According to the lyrics “You were the first, you’ll be the last.”
Wherever you go, I’ll be with you.
Whatever you want, I’ll give it to you.
Whenever you need someone to lay your heart and head upon.
Remember: after the fire, after all the rain,
I will be the flame.
“Wherever You Will Go” by The Calling
In an interview, Aaron Kamin explained the meaning behind this song, “My grandmother’s best friend had passed away and she left behind a husband of 50 or more years and I was at the funeral and afterwards I just started thinking of what it would be like to be him and have your whole life change so dramatically and not for the best in a matter of moments. Somebody that you live and grow with and are one with, just to be gone…. That was the sentiment behind [this song].” Weirdly, this song was used in commercials for the TV Show Star Trek: Enterprise.
So lately, I’ve been wonderin
Who will be there to take my place
When I’m gone, you’ll need love
To light the shadows on your face
If a great wave should fall
It would fall upon us all
And between the sand and stone
Could you make it on your own
And maybe I’ll find out
A way to make it back someday
To watch you, to guide you
Through the darkest of your days
If a greater wave shall fall
And fall upon us all
Then I hope there’s someone out there
Who can bring me back to you
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and countless others.
Rogers & Hammerstein song wrote this song for the 1945 musical Carousel. It was sung in the original show by Christine Johnson. In the original musical, the song was sung to inspire a pregnant female character after the death of her husband.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone