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Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs

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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Jackaroodave
Date: 21 Apr 17 - 10:17 PM

Well, as a whippersnapper of 70, I like to think that I'd go for something like Chuck Berry's closer, Johnny B. Goode. But who knows what I'll feel like when the time comes.

Still, closing with something up-beat and up-tempo might be nice. I noticed that Bye Bye Blues was first a big hit in 1930, by Ambrose; then Cab Calloway did it in1941; Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1952; and Freddy (Boom Boom) Cannon and Duane Eddy in the 60s. And many many others.

It's a farewell song of a fashion that almost everyone would be familiar with, and some may have danced to it. It's short, so you could do it twice, second time as a sing-along if appropriate.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 17 - 08:58 PM

We'll Meet Again


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 10:32 PM

Closing songs vary. But one song that always goes down well when a bunch of us does a care home gig is Folsom Prison Blues.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Helen
Date: 21 Mar 17 - 01:13 AM

Here it is:


Old Folkies' Home/Retirement Village

One of my favourite threads that I started back in 1999.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Eddie1
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 04:37 PM

There's a song, written by the Danoffs and recorded by John Denver. Good if you sing the verses and teach the audience the chorus but I reckon even better if you just do the chorus! Once they have learnt it you can do it quieter and quieter till you finish.

My friends I will remember you
And think of you and pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be friends with you.

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Helen
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 02:59 PM

I'm only halfway through reading this thread, but what Genie said on 16 Oct 02 - 10:30 PM is what I have been thinking about for quite a while.

I've been wondering if any of the seniors have requested Stairway to Heaven which was released in 1971 and is considered a classic. Hate to remind us all of how old we are, but 1971 was 46 years ago. If someone loved that song in their 20's when it first came out, then they would be in their 60's at least, now, and that song has cut through generations over the decades. It has a huge following.

Daisy Bell, We'll Meet Again, etc are not really the songs that most older folks would have listened to.

Having said that, I don't perform at seniors events or anywhere else, but I also love a whole range of music and I especially love songs and tunes from the swing era.

My greatest fear, if I end up in a seniors' home, is that I will get wheeled into a concert, patted on the hand by a well-meaning nurse or attendant and told, "You'll enjoy this lovely music" and then be subjected to music which was out of fashion when my now deceased grandmother was a girl. (She was born in 1901.)

I'll be the disruptive person at the back of the room yelling out, "play Stairway to Heaven".

Which then leads me back to my bright idea of opening an old folkies home, where WE would be the ones playing the music.

I'll find my old thread and put a link in, when I get back home from work.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 02:10 PM

BTW, "Show Me The Way To Go Home" is by default a no-no.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 02:09 PM

How old are these folks ? Must be near a bloody hundred in view of what some of you are playing for them. I play a few Buddy Holly things, That'll Be The Day goes down a treat....Patsy Cline's I fall to Pieces..and everyone seems to know Downtown by Petula Clark.I try to get out of the thirties and forties and sing some fifties and sixties stuff...many of these folks are in early seventies and know a lot of fifties and sixties stuff. Give it a try, you'll be amazed !


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 01:46 PM

"Happy trails to you" ~ Dale Evans. Don't neglect the whole A B A (I.e., include the 'some trails' part) ~a never fail tune with the 75+ Crowd most of US, Canada
keep on pickin'
dennis


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: eftifino
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 09:26 AM

Ray Charles' You know the night time is the right time"

"We'll meet again" is a good older chestnut.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 07:22 AM

"We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do...."


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Merritt
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 07:40 PM

On the Sunny Side of the Street, McHugh/Fields, 1930. (For a while I also ended solo bar gigs with this one.) You play that extended intro - "I walked with no one and talked with no one, I had nothing but shadows. Then one morning you passed, and I brightened at last, etc." and folks wonder what you're up to, and then the actual song kicks and they get it.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jan 17 - 08:08 PM

Ring of Fire...folks need something to look forward to...


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Jan 17 - 05:21 PM

In the meantime, one of our local crematoria got closed down for repairs............because of -------------------a fire! (this happened in March 2015, and still it is not open again for business!)


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: oldhippie
Date: 13 Jan 17 - 02:53 PM

I vote for the "Remember Song" by Tom Rush.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 08:00 PM

I did have trouble keeping a straight face at a funeral once when the carefully chosen music was A Whiter Shade of Pale!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Musket
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 06:16 AM

"The Old Rugged Cross." That takes me back...

I was a volunteer on hospital radio for many years and that was possibly the most requested song of them all. At a national conference, at the disco later, a then famous disk jockey who did the gig for us (Noel Edmunds) said that if we had any requests, put them on a beer mat and flick them over. Ten mins later, he pointed out that The Old Rugged Cross was funny the first beer mat, but by the fiftieth.....


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 04:05 AM

I'll fly away. (Mentioned way up the thread, but a good one!)


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 21 Sep 14 - 10:21 AM

Not sure if this would work nowadays as I haven't performed at a senior home for over 20 years but my previous wife and I used to close with (Shimmy Like My) Sister Kate. During the last chorus my wife would get up and do a flapper dance ala Betty Boop and that just slayed them. If it was an evening show we'd close with Goodnight Irene or Old Black Joe to send them to bed as they all seem to know the words and would sing along. This sure brings back a lot of warm memories.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 21 Sep 14 - 08:06 AM

Goodbyee, Old Rugged Cross, Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye. To be honest heaven forbid I'm ever in such a home, but if I was, and you came round singing songs like those I'd use my last ounce of strength to get up and break your F'#**&* neck!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Sep 14 - 01:55 AM

I use "You Are My Sunshine" and torch it up a bit, so I can flirt with the nonagenarian ladies. I point out the thinly-veiled threat in the song, "You'll regret it all some day." The septuagenarian ladies who sing with me aren't so sure they like to sing the verses of the song, since them verses aren't as sunshiny as one might expect.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Denis McKay
Date: 21 Sep 14 - 01:43 AM

The Remember Song. Or Get up and Go.

Our trio usually finishes with Larry Penn's Time to Go (fabulous song!).


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 11:28 PM

theres a lot to be said for I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts - complete with how you father! and have a banana! interjections.

always cheers me up!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Elmore
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 09:56 PM

Rolling Home.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: bubblyrat
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 06:03 AM

"Death Is Not The End "


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: nager
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 03:23 AM

Songs recorded by the likes of Dean Martin, the Every Brothers, Buddy Holly, Burl Ives etc and even the early Beatles are often requested when I perform. A few still like You Are My Sunshine etc but in the past six years since I have been entertaining at retirement homes etc much of the music they want has changed from the 1940s songs to those from the 50s and 60s.
But they still enjoy a few good quality folk and country ballads and Irish and Scottish songs especially those with an easy chorus they can sing along to.
And as for those songs from the musicals, I leave those to the choirs that come along - and the residents love them.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,mauvepink
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 06:32 PM

Forever Young

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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 06:23 PM

"Ramblin' Rover" by Andy M. Stewart is always appreciated, particularly with the last verse being:

If you're bent wi' arthiritis,
Your bowels have got Colitis,
You've gallopin' bollockitis
And you're thinkin' it's time you died,
If you been a man o' action,
Though you're lying there in traction,
You will get some satisfaction
Thinkin', "Jesus, at least I tried."


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 01:24 PM

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xoaM0wX9I7s

~S~


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 01:01 PM

Wait till punk comes around...


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 12:52 PM

Vaya Con Dios


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Musket
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 12:40 PM

A room full of old biddies and Musket crooning away,

""And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain"

Don't laugh, it has happened. (Request and yes, I did remember the words.. I wouldn't do it on purpose!). Dunno why I didn't go to a fancy dress shop and get a grim reaper outfit and do it properly.. I was going to end with a medley of You are my sunshine / Kiss me goodnight sergeant major / etc.. That said, a today's care home would have the next generation to when I did that..

Interesting question. Perhaps a few old rock n roll hits.

🎸🎸🎸🎷🎷🎷


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 11:03 AM

We mostly play UK folk songs, and country dance tunes. What seems to be most popular is the kind of folk songs they sang at school - Johnny's so long at the fair, Annie Laurie, Skye Boat Song, Mhairi's Wedding etc. They get enough pop music from TV and radio!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 09:42 AM

THESE days, nursing homes are likely to be populated by those who were teenagers in the 50s and 60s, so I think an update on all those pre-war songs is very much overdue!

How about:

Shakin' All Over
Walk Don't Run
At Last
See You Later Alligator
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Got My Mojo Working

etc.....

If they're STILL playing bloody "Good Night Irene" and "Bye Bye Blackbird" when *I'M* in a nursing home, I'll be VERY unhappy. Better start practicing "Born to Be Wild"; "Bobby Brown Goes Down" and "My Generation" folks!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 09:14 AM

We sing "We,ll Meet Again My Friends
Somewhere down the line
Who knows where or when, another place another time
We,ll sing a few old songs, And memories from our mind
Yes, I know we,ll meet again my friends
Somewhere down the line

Another day is over
Another day gone by
With good friends all around me
My how the time does fly
Its hard to find the words I want to say
But friends Ill try
God Bless You All and keep you
Till we meet again goodbye


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 11:52 AM

When You and I were young, Maggie


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 08:09 AM

Maggie
The Rowan Tree


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Grim Reaper
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 05:21 AM

How about Shel Silverstein's 'You're Still Gonna Die' !!!!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 10 Aug 10 - 04:46 AM

I'd imagine that, by now, Nursing Home players ought to be thinking of moving on to Elvis, Bill Hailey and Eddie Cochran stuff!

Even my mum, who's 94 and who would attend a day-centre until a year or two back, would complain that the songs the visiting musicians played were "too old fashioned...why can't they play something a bit more recent? I don't just want to keep hearing songs from the war. That were a long time ago."


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 09 Aug 10 - 11:33 PM

I occasionally get requests for "home on the range", tends to be a crowd-pleaser


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 04:16 PM

Keep right on to the end of the road
Alternatively....absolutlely anything...they'll forget what happened in a few seconds anyway.

I'll get me coat!


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 03:42 PM

One I've had good success with for various ages is "Dream A Little Dream Of Me." Probably because it has had multiple incarnations as a hit during the youthful years of several generations.
Otherwise, "I'll Be Seeing You" seems to be a favorite of the rapidly dwindling WWII generation, and "Down By The Old Mill Stream" is the big winner for the really older folks.
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 02:45 PM

I like to close with Harry Chapin's "All My Life's A Circle" and get everybody singing along on it. It works 95% of the time.

SOL


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 02:41 PM

I've only done a dozen or so gigs at Nursing homes and Hospices, but, given my very unusual sense of humour, I have finished with one of the funniest songs I know.

It is "Hypochondria" by my good friend Clive Lever.

The audiences have been rolling on the floor laughing, and completely forgetting that they, in fact, have many of the ailments mentioned in the song.

It has NEVER failed. (and I DO get invited back, though one Matron commented that they had to get in extra supplies of oxygen).

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: frogprince
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 01:53 PM

"Fixin to Die Rag" probably wouldn't be the best idea...


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Mooh
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 10:30 AM

For the last year or so my fiddle/guitar duo has done a slow swingy version of What A Wonderful World. We like it and so do the residents.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: GUEST,Bonnie
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 07:18 PM

Our residents are fairly religious and are inclined to ask for "Till we meet." They don't see it as sad, but a comfort and affirmation of their hope to see each other again in heaven. These people are dealing with the reality of knowing their turn may be up very soon and they like to rest in their faith every chance they get.

Some songs bring smiles because a resident can remember her mother or father singing this particular song.

Otherwise, they enjoy all types of music they are familiar with, especially from their teen years. They also enjoy hearing songs they heard as a child, rounds and nursery rhyme songs. It brings back such special memories for them.

Iowa, America


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Bugsy
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 09:23 PM

"We May, or May Never"(All Meet Here Again)

Cheers



Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Snuffy
Date: 17 Oct 02 - 09:02 AM

Over here Old Time dances (Barn Dance, Veleta, St Bernards, etc) were still common in villages until well into the 60s. They tended to use medleys of popular songs of the previous 100 years. The band would just play the tunes, but people would sing the choruses while dancing.

Some of these medleys became almost compulsory. For example, if I start off with a chorus of "Daisy, Daisy" everybody over 50 knows that the next tune in the medley will be "She was a sweet little dickie bird"

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Best Closing Song for Nursing Home Gigs
From: Genie
Date: 16 Oct 02 - 10:30 PM

Snuffy, I can well imagine that UK folks would not want to hear "God Bless America" -- any more than us Yanks would want "Rule, Brittania!" *G*

As for "Daisy" ("Bicycle Built For Two" or "Daisy Bell"), I find that it has become rapidly less popular over the past 10 years of my doing this music pretty much full time. That's not surprising. "Daisy Bell" is from the 1890s -- the era of the PARENTS of most of the seniors I entertain. Songs from that era are well known to folks in their 80s and 90s, but they are not the major songs they associate with their teenage and young adult years.

For folks with severe memory impairment, of course, these really old songs do go over very well. But lots of folks in "nursing homes" are there for physical reasons, and some have little or no cognitive impairment.

Today I was doing a sing-along with an Alzheimer's group I sing for regularly. In addition to the usual simple/old/very familiar sing-alongs, I did "Please Release Me" (the favorite song of one resident), "The Rainbow Connection," and "Tennessee Waltz" (written in 1951). Not only did "The Rainbow Connection" draw spontaneous, enthusiastic approbation from one of the gentlemen -- more vocal approval than any other song -- but several residents sang along with the other two songs, as well as clapping for them. These songs drew much more participation and glee than did the usual sing-alongs like "You Are My Sunshine," "I've Been Working On The Railroad," "Red River Valley," etc.

I can't stress too much how important it is not to LIMIT the playlist for nursing homes to songs written or popular before 1930 or 1940.

That said, let me add that a very popular closing song in the US --especially for Veterans' Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Flag Day -- is "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic."

Genie


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