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The 10 Best Songs for Grandparents

Barbara "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.

The 10 Best Songs to Honor Grandparents

The 10 Best Songs to Honor Grandparents

The 10 Best Songs for Grandparents

These top 10 songs about grandparents describe various scenarios in regards to growing old. The list below provides you with a brief description of what each song is about. You can also read an additional summary and watch a respective video in the song section.

1. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran (Memorial song)

2. "Raymond" by Brett Eldredge (Moving song about Alzheimer's)

3. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid (The passing of an elderly spouse, saying thank you)

4. "Ellsworth" by Rascal Flatts (Moving song about Alzheimer's)

5. "Forever Changed" by Carrie Underwood (Moving song about Alzheimer's)

6. "Leave Here Dying Young" by Chad Brownlee (Beautiful song about an active Senior)

7. "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line (A powerful message of a life fully lived)

8. "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell (The unexpected passing of a father)

9. "Show Some Respect" by Bobby Wills (Advice to the young about those who came before)

10. "When You Are Old" by Martina McBride (The close of a life and only wanting a gentle hand and company)

1. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran

Album: Divide

Year: 2017

Get out the tissue box. If you haven't heard Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran, you're going to cry. Although he uses the word 'mom' in the song lyrics, he wrote this song for his grandmother. It's one of the prettiest tributes for a grandma you'll listen to. The video is especially powerful. The very simple and personal presentation of the video is what makes it so moving. Be sure to take a minute to watch the video.

Essential Lyrics:

So I'll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you'd be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we'll say Hallelujah
You're home

2. "Raymond" by Brett Eldredge

Album: Bring You Back

Year: 2010

Again, you're going to cry. Brett Eldredge sings about an Alzheimer's patient in a Nursing Home who, when the maintenance worker comes in her room, believes he's her son. To leave some of the song and the story of Raymond a surprise, I won't give away any more of the lyrics. You'll want to listen to this one. Written by Brad Crisler and Brett Eldredge, the song's gentle nature is soothing, painful and beautiful all at the same time.

Essential Lyrics:

She calls me Raymond
She thinks I'm her son
Tells me get washed up for supper
'Fore your daddy gets home
She goes on about the weather
How she can't believe it's already 1943
She calls me Raymond
And that's alright by me

3. "Thank You" by Johnny Reid

Album: Kicking Stones

Year: 2008

The video tells the story best. Take a few minutes and listen to the song while watching the video. It's incredibly touching. An older woman, goes through her home packing up her belongings and in doing so, reflects back on her full life lived with her husband and family. The end of the video gets you directly in the heart, as she passes the keys for her home to a new young family.

Essential Lyrics:

Thank you for the life you've given me.
Thank you for sharing all your love and your dreams.
Thank you for every tear of happiness I've cried.

4. "Ellesworth" by Rascal Flatts

Album: Me and My Gang

Year: 2006

If there is a side of Alzheimer's and dementia that's easier to deal with, it's when memories are positive. The lyrics speak to how 'we started losing her when she lost him'. When Grandma's memory slips it takes her back to a beautiful time in her life. We get a peek into her memories as she recalls her life with Grandpa back in Kansas 1948. The song helps us to feel the value in her lovely life. What is truly precious pours out in this song.

Essential Lyrics:

A tear on his face, down on a knee
Shaky voice, a diamond ring
She'll put you in that town
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask her about Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

5. "Forever Changed" by Carrie Underwood

Album: Blown Away

Year: 2012

Hillary Lindsey, James Slater and Tom Douglas wrote this moving song. One of the writers wrote it about their mother who was suffering with Alzheimer's. Ms. Underwood expressed that the song reminded her of her grandmother and it thus makes her very emotional when she sings it. In an interview, she indicated she'll probably never perform the song in public. When you listen to this one, get ready, it cuts deep.

Essential Lyrics:

Some days she’ll talk about Aunt Rosie
The sister she lost
Asking when she’s coming over
And why she hasn’t called
Some days I just hold her fragile hand
As Tom creeps across the floor
Some days it almost kills me
Watching her memories slip away a little more

6. "Leave Here Dying Young" by Chad Brownlee

Album: Love Me or Leave Me

Year: 2012

Chad Brownlee wrote this song about his dad who he says inspires him to always remain young at heart. Again, it's best appreciated when you watch the video. It's a gorgeous song and Chad Brownlee's incredible voice gets you feeling every word. The song shows he and his dad enjoying moments in life. His dad is active and living life to the fullest at 65. This would make a terrific tribute song for an active senior who no matter what, refuses to age!

Essential Lyrics:

So remember what it means to be alive
You gotta dance like no-one's watching, just laugh until you cry
Hold on tight and love without regret, take the good and leave the rest
Then when all is said and done, you're gonna leave here dying young

7. "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line

Album: Anything Goes

Year: 2014

This incredible song by Florida Georgia Line paints the story of a full life lived by using the symbolism of 'Dirt'. (Lyrics) "Its that elm shade, red roads clay you grew up on, that plowed up ground that your dad damned his luck on, that post game party field, you circled up on". To completely understand the message in this song, watch the video. The story features a husband's life with his love, Rosie. The video depicts the passing of time in a touching way. It's gentle yet profound.


You’ve mixed some sweat with it
Taken a shovel to it
You’ve stuck some crosses and some painted
Goal posts through it (dirt)
You know you came from it (dirt)
And some day you’ll return to

8. "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell

Album: You Should Be Here

Year: 2016

This song was written in honor of Cole Swindell's father who passed away unexpectedly while his son was out on tour. If you've lost someone you love, this song will resonate with you. It sure did with me. Like most of the videos featured on this page, this one is a must see. It's personal to Cole Swindell and his family and you feel their pain along with them.

Essential Lyrics:

You should be here, standing with your arm around me here
Cutting up, cracking a cold beer
Saying cheers, hey y'all it's sure been a good year
It's one of those moments, that's got your name written all over it
And you know that if I had just one wish it'd
Be that you didn't have to miss this
You should be here

9. "Show Some Respect" by Bobby Wills

Album: If It Was That Easy

Year: 2012

If you're looking for a song that delivers a message to a younger audience about showing respect to those who came before them, this is the song. The lyrics ask younger folks to remember that it isn't always about them, that people came before and thus, made their life possible and in some cases better. This is a lovely song with a teaching message.

Essential Lyrics:

Take a look around today
at everything we throw away
we're all so busy running fast
we breeze right by the things that last
like a hundred year old Georgia pine
that loves to stand the test of time
your grandpa's old case pocket knife
he used to whittle with
so when you're around sacred ground
show some respect

10. "When You Are Old" by Martina McBride

Album: The Time Has Come

Year: 1992

This song is a heartbreaker. It's sung from the perspective of an old person coming to the close of their life and expressing all that's needed is a gentle hand holding theirs. In the end, nothing is as important as being with someone you love. This song delivers that message and provides reassurance that someone will be there.

Essential Lyrics:

When you are old and pale and gaunt
A gentle hand is all you want
I will give you mine to hold
And I'll be here when you are old
Yes I will give you mine to hold
And I'll be here when you are old

© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

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