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NomoreY_A's avatar

Does anyone else think that "Amazing Grace" is overdone?

Asked by NomoreY_A (5493points) November 22nd, 2017

I attended a family funeral last week and they just HAD to play “Amazing Grace”. Is that a mandatory hymm at memorial services?

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NomoreY_A's avatar

Not intending to attack people of faith- I just think that tune is way overplayed.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It gets a lot of play – not just at funerals, but during the holiday season, because it sounds religious (the tune), the words are sort of religious and pious, and it gives a pseudo-solemn message.

It is considered innocuous and inoffensive to other religions (and believers in other religions) because it’s not “in your face” with Jesus or Christ or “Resurrection” like the way that so many other religious songs are.

Because of that – sort of a generic piousness that is not going to offend people – it is versatile and can be used at a variety of occasions.

Read the words and see if you agree: link

Muad_Dib's avatar

It scans to the Gilligan’s Island theme song.

You’re welcome.

zenvelo's avatar

It is almost as overplayed as the Jeff Buckley version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

When I see people like Ted Cruz reciting Amazing Grace, my reaction is, “you are still a wretch.”

elbanditoroso's avatar

@Muad_Dib – that explains a lot about Cruz.

marinelife's avatar

I like the old song, but I wouldn’t want it played at my funeral. I want Meditation from Thais followed by You’re My Best Friend by Queen.

Zaku's avatar

Overdone? Depends on the performance. I do dislike overdone performances of it – a generic “gospel”-y version comes immediately to my imagination. I like a good bagpipe performance of it without words, myself.

Overused? Depends on the circumstances. Probably.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I already have a contract out on anyone who plays it (or any religious music) at my funeral or memorial.

janbb's avatar

I do think it is over used. I’m also getting tired of any version of Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. but particularly those sung by religious choirs. It’s about sex people, does nobody listen to the lyrics? It used to be one of my favorite songs.

marinelife's avatar

I feel the same way, Jan.

rebbel's avatar

I always read it as Amazing Grass.

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