One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A song sung before or after someone's death or to commemorate the dead.
- ‘The key Rossetti was his large black chalk drawing of Desdemona's death song, a project the artist had suggested for the centrepiece of the music room of his patron F.R. Leyland.’
- ‘His wife and his foster mother were chanting a Grow death song over his body.’
- ‘I want to shout a wild-eyed ‘time to sing your death song! ‘to anyone who stands in my way.’’
- ‘Then in the process of deciding on some sort of theme to run through the album, I decided maybe to do the death songs.’
- ‘As many as 100 of the dead were women and children; two were unarmed chiefs in their 70s, mowed down as they chanted their death songs.’
- ‘A Personal Chant form of song, used more recently for thanksgiving, is reminiscent of warrior death songs of the past.’
- ‘Notwithstanding the preceding examples, it is important to remember that the teenage death song represented an addition to, rather than a replacement of the conventional practices of professional songwriters.’
- ‘One of his three grandmothers sang a Cree death song she had learned from her grandparents, as family members and friends gathered to say their goodbyes.’
- ‘Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.’
- ‘‘Last Kiss’, a teenage death song recorded by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers was based on a true-life tale.’
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