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10 Songs about Dying and Going to Heaven

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We never really know for sure where we go when we die, but many of us believe that we’re all headed to heaven. And for those of us who have loved ones who have passed away, it’s comforting to think that they’re all basking in the light of heaven. Here are some songs that reflect that sentiment:

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Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

No list would be complete without this heartbreaking song. One of Eric Clapton’s most famous songs, Tears in Heaven hits such a chord with us because it was inspired by a tragic event in Eric’s life. In 1990, Eric Clapton’s 4-year-old son died after falling from the 53rd floor of an apartment in New York. Seeing as his son was so young when he died, he wonders if young Conor will recognize him when they meet again in heaven.

Lyrics about heaven: Would you know my name

If I saw you in heaven?

Would it be the same

If I saw you in heaven?



I must be strong and carry on

‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven

 

Dolly Parton – Letter to Heaven

This tragic country song is about an inquisitive little girl who asks her grandpa to write her a letter for her deceased mom. With tears in his eyes, the grandfather obliges and helps the little girl write her letter. However, as she was crossing the street to mail the letter, a car hits her and she passes away. This leads to her to finally seeing her mother again in heaven.

Lyrics about heaven: The postman was passing and picked up the note

Addressed to the Master and these words he spoke

Straight up into heaven this letter did go

She’s happy up there with her mommy I know



 

Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Written for the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is said to be “an exercise in splendid simplicity.” The song was written from the perspective of a dying sheriff. He asks his mother to put his badge and gun away because he can no longer perform his duties as he is right before heaven’s door.

Lyrics about heaven: Mama, take this badge off of me

I can’t use it anymore

It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see

I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

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Westlife – I’ll See You Again

This Westlife song is made for a departed loved one who is greatly missed by those still living. I’ll See You Again expresses the usual sentiments about feeling the loved one’s presence in their hearts and hoping that they can hear the prayers of the living. There is hope that while they may be living in different worlds now, they will one day be reunited in heaven.

Lyrics about heaven: Always you will be part of me

And I will forever feel your strength

When I need it most

You’re gone now, gone but not forgotten

I can’t say this to your face

But I know you hear

I’ll see you again

You never really left

I feel you walk beside me

I know I’ll see you again

 

Johnny Cash – Will You Meet Me in Heaven

Only the Man in Black could sing a song about death so beautifully that it will make you both curious and terrified of it. The beginning of this song seems to be about the end of times, however, it lifts up to a brighter outlook by the end. The song is about meeting a loved one again after the last song is sung, and basking in the beauty of everything heaven has to offer.

Lyrics about heaven: We’ve seen the secret things revealed by God

And we heard what the angels had to say

Should you go first, or if you follow me

Will you meet me in Heaven someday?

Living in a mansion on the streets of gold

At the corner of Grace and Rapture Way

And sweet ecstasy while the ages roll

Will you meet me in Heaven someday?

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Steve Wariner – Holes in the Floor of Heaven

It might seem like an odd title, but when you hear the lyrics of Holes in the Floor of Heaven, it will all make sense. This song is about how loved ones can still watch over us from heaven through holes in their floor. It’s a simple enough explanation for a young child, but it becomes a comforting idea when you’re old and wishing the loved ones who passed would still be there to guide you.

Lyrics about heaven: ‘Cause there’s holes in the floor of heaven,

And her tears are pouring down

That’s how you know she’s watching

Wishing she could be here now

An’ sometimes if you’re lonely

Just remember she can see

There’s holes in the floor of heaven

And she’s watching over you and me

 

Dani and Lizzy – Dancing in the Sky

Would you believed that the ladies who wrote this song became famous for it only through YouTube? Twin sisters Dani and Lizzy wrote this song in honor of a deceased friend. In this song, they ask their friend about what heaven is truly like and tell her that heaven must have been a happier place since she arrived there.

Lyrics about heaven: I hope you’re dancing in the sky

I hope you’re singing in the angel’s choir

I hope the angels know what they have

I’ll bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived

 

Jo Dee Messina – Heaven Was Needing a Hero

There are times when we feel hopeless in trying to find the reason someone had to be called back to heaven. In this song by Jo Dee Messina, she tries to make sense of the death of her loved one by believing that heaven needed a hero up there.

Lyrics about heaven: I remember the last time I saw you

Oh, you held your head up proud

I laughed inside

When I saw how you were standing out in the crowd

You’re such a part of who I am

Now that part will just be void

No matter how much I need you now

Heaven needed you more

Collective Soul – Shine

This career-launching song has often been mislabeled as a Christian song because of how the word “heaven” is used so frequently. However, songwriter Ed Roland rejects this notion because he believes that the idea of one doctrine can’t speak for all of the band’s members. Either way, whether you believe in the Christian view of heaven or not, it’s a song about asking a divine force to lead you towards the right path.

Lyrics about heaven: Give me a word

Give me a sign

Show me where to look

Tell me what will I find?

Lay me on the ground

Fly me in the sky

Show me where to look

Tell me what will I find?

Oh, heaven let your light shine down

 

Pearl Jam – Last Kiss

We cap off this list with one of Pearl Jam’s most successful and most tragic songs. Last Kiss is about a car accident that kills his girl and leaves him bereaved. He then vows to live a good life so that he can see her again in heaven when his life is over.

Lyrics about heaven: Oh, where oh where can my baby be?

The Lord took her away from me

She’s gone to heaven, so I got to be good

So I can see my baby when I leave this world

 

If you need a little healing in your life because of grief, these songs might give you the solace you need.

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