The Funeral (song)

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"The Funeral"
Single by Band of Horses
from the album Everything All the Time
Released May 21, 2006
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded Avast Studios
Genre Indie rock, post-rock
Length 3:44 (radio edit)
5:22 (album version)
Label Sub Pop, Kids Records
Writer(s) Band of Horses
Producer(s) Band of Horses, Phil Ek
Band of Horses singles chronology
"The Funeral"
"The Great Salt Lake"
Music video
"The Funeral" on YouTube

"The Funeral" is the first single taken from Band of Horses' debut album Everything All the Time, which was released on March 21, 2006. The song was released as a radio and video single in May 2006 in the US. The single was released on May 21, 2007 in the UK on limited edition numbered 7" vinyl to coincide with the band's UK tour. A live version of the song appeared earlier on the band's self-titled EP, under the name "Billion Day Funeral".

In August 2009, Pitchfork Media named "The Funeral" the 67th-greatest song of the 2000s.[1]

Music video[edit]

The story in the music video for "The Funeral" is open to interpretation. On the surface it tells the story of a man whose dog has died. The black dog may symbolise depression. Saddened by his loss, the man drowns his sorrows in alcohol. He then drives under the influence and the end of the video suggests he crashes head-on into a delivery truck. Based on the style of cars in the video and the elevated railroad, it may be set in the 1970s and possibly in Chicago, as one scene shows a sign for the Galway Bay Bar, an Irish pub located in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Funeral" - 5:22 (plays at 33 RPM)
  2. "The End's Not Near" - 3:45 (plays at 45 RPM)


  • Ben Bridwell - Vocals, guitar
  • Mat Brooke - Guitar
  • Chris Early - Bass guitar
  • Tim Meinig / Sera Cahoone - Drums

Appearances in other media[edit]




Songs that sample "The Funeral"[edit]


  1. ^ The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 100-51 Pitchfork Media August 19, 2009
  2. ^ "Soundtracks for Assassination of a High School President" IMDb
  3. ^ "Soundtracks for Boot Camp" IMDb
  4. ^ "Lakai Fully Flared - Guy Mariano" YouTube - December 26, 2009
  5. ^ "Love the Beast Trailer" Arts Alliance America via YouTube - November 3, 2010
  6. ^ "Soundtracks for The Stepfather" IMDb
  7. ^ "127 HOURS - Full Length Official Trailer HD" Fox Searchlight Pictures via YouTube - October 7, 2010
  8. ^ "The Collector (Trailer)" Lane Films Corp. via YouTube - November 30, 2010
  9. ^ "Teenage Dirtbag (Trailer)" Spy Filmz via YouTube - October 2, 2008
  10. ^ "Soundtracks for Battleship" IMDb
  11. ^ "Soundtracks for In the Name Of" IMDb
  12. ^ "Soundtracks for Let's Be Cops" IMDb
  13. ^ "Soundtracks for 90210 - One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer (2009)" IMDb
  14. ^ "Soundtracks for Criminal Minds - Revelations (2007)" IMDb
  15. ^ "Soundtracks for FlashForward Future Shock (2010)" IMDb
  16. ^ "Last Tango, Then Paris - Songs" Tunefind
  17. ^ "Soundtracks for Kyle XY Ghost in the Machine (2007)" IMDb
  18. ^ "Music from Mercy - Season 1 - Episode 16 - Im Fine" Tunefind
  19. ^ "Liz Lee - The Funeral (Band Of Horses cover) HQ" YouTube
  20. ^ "Soundtracks for Numb3rs - Breaking Point (2008)" IMDb
  21. ^ "Soundtracks for One Tree Hill - All These Things That I've Done (2006)" IMDb
  22. ^ "Soundtracks for "Standoff" No Strings (2007)" IMDb
  23. ^ "Music from How I Met Your Mother>Season 8>Farhampton" Tunefind
  24. ^ "Stunt video reaches new heights" BBC News - April 21, 2009
  25. ^ "New! The Grouch & Eligh – Comin Up ft. Mistah Fab (Band of Horses Sample)" - April 19, 2009
  26. ^ Dash Berlin vs. Band Of Horses - The Funeral (Dash Berlin Bootleg)

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