Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Best Goth Lyrics for Putting on Your Tombstone

Epigraphs on tombstones are the best. From the spiritual and emotional to the wry and funny, they're one of my favorite things about old cemeteries. I had always said that, when I died, I wanted a Walt Whitman quote on my tombstone, from his famous Leaves of Grass: "I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles." Now that I'm more interested in natural burial options for my forever-corpse, I've been rethinking this quite a bit. Still, the idea of having a good quote on a tombstone is still pretty appealing, so I thought for today's post I'd run through my iTunes and find the best Goth lyrics to stick on your tombstone.

"In letting go
Of fear and dread
And all you know
You'll lose the need of certainty
And make-believe eternity
To find the true reality
In beautiful infinity."
     -The Reasons Why, The Cure

The winds of change consume the land,
While we remain
In the shadow of summers now past."
     -Severance, Bauhaus

"There is a star in the sky
Guiding my way with its light
And in the glow of the moon
Know my deliverance will come soon."
     -Waiting for the Night, Depeche Mode

"How quickly pass the days long is the night
Lying in bed awake bathed in starlight
Better to live as king of beasts
Than as a lamb scared and weak."
     -World Coming Down - Type O Negative

"Nowhere to run—no time to cry
So celebrate while you still can
'Cause any second, it may end
And when it's all been said and done...
Better that you had some fun
Instead of hiding in a shell
Why make your life a living hell?
So have a toast and down the cup
And drink to bones that turn to dust ('cause)...
No one, no one, no one...
No one lives forever!"
     -No One Lives Forever, Oingo Boingo

"Chasing a monsoon over the dune
Oh fly me to the moon, get me there soon"
     -Lunar Camel, Siouxsie & the Banshees

"Just for one moment, thought I'd found my way.
Destiny unfolded, I watched it slip away."
     -Twenty-Four Hours, Joy Divison

"Sometimes in the world as is you've
Got to shake the hand that feeds you"
     -No Time to Cry, The Sisters of Mercy

"And as I watched from underneath
I came aware of all that she keep
The little foxes so safe and sound
They were not dead
They'd gone to ground."
     -The Passion of Lovers, Bauhaus

"Perhaps I was just dreaming.
When I think these things had real meaning."
     -Bloodfire, Type O Negative

"The walls of doubt are falling down
Running deep with the music loud
Flying high, don't look down"
     -Highwire, Flesh for Lulu

"The lights say move say never look back
And so I find a place where I've never been seen
Find another place where the red turns green"
     -Lights, The Sisters of Mercy

If you had to put a lyric from a Goth song on your tombstone, what would you pick?


  1. Probably not considered Goth as it New Wave, but it's what I am. :)

    Every time I see you falling
    I get down on my knees and pray
    I'm waiting for that final moment
    You say the words that I can't say.

    "Bizarre Love Triangle" New Order (1986)

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  2. "Like castles in Spain
    Hope is all that will remain"
    -Cardinal Sin, Dead Can Dance

  3. I was thinking about it the other day, but I decided against having a grave at all - I'd like to be sent off on a boat, like the Viking era Norsemen, with Wardruna's "Helvegen" playing...

  4. These are all great quotes, but boy, would they make for VERY EXPENSIVE tombstones!! All those words cost money; trust me, I know.

    I've actually already chosen my epitaph. Kansas is certainly not a goth band, but this song is SO very goth in feeling:

    "Dust in the wind,
    All we are is
    Dust in the wind..."

    1. I was thinking the same thing about the Kansas song. I know he is not goth but I love Prince and this is perfect for a headstone
      “We all have our problems. Some big, some are small. Soon all of our problems will be taken by the cross.”

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