Created By: DhanaRagnarok on April 9, 2012 Last Edited By: DhanaRagnarok on June 21, 2014
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One Last Song

That's the last song you will hear.

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You're gonna die. And the last thing you will hear will be this song. Maybe you just got killed by a Musical Assassin, or the Brown Note ended your life. This trope applies whenever a character can hear a song during his last moments, whether said song killed him, was sung by his killer, or by a relative at the dying man's demand.

Compare Death Song (where the dying character is the one singing).

This is a Death Trope, beware of spoilers.

Examples

Anime & Manga
  • "The Millenium Earl he's looking for, for his precious heart..." If you hear this and you are a D.Gray-Man character, you're screwed.
  • Talleran the Spider Monkey dies a few seconds after Brook stops humming Bink's no sake in One Piece.
    • Scratchman Apoo's powers allow him to turn his body parts into instruments...and somehow cut peoples to pieces with their sound.
  • In The Legend of Koizumi, Georges Bush dies while his son W. sings a Tear Jerker rendition of Take me to the ball game.

Film

Litterature
  • In Hunters of Gor Tarl has Marlenus and his underlings, all of whom are at that point prisoners of the forces of Tyros, sing the National Anthem of Ar as he goes into battle against 55 warriors from Tyros. It's the last thing that most of them hear.
    "Let me hear again, now," said I, "the anthem of Ar."
    The strains of the great song of Ar's victories broke from the Ubar's collared throat, and, too, from the throats of the men of Ar beside him.
    "Silence!" cried Sarus.
    He turned to face me, wildly. He saw that my blade was now drawn.
    "You are not of Ar!" he cried.
  • Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby has the Brown Note version.
  • The Dresden Files had a ghost singing a lullaby while smothering newborn babies in a hospital.
  • In The Hunger Games Katniss sings Rue a lullaby as she is dying after taking a career's spear to the chest.

Music
  • Enter The Haggis' One Last Drink, which is half-Death Song, half this. (Part of it is sang from Ol'John POV)
  • Jonathan Coulton's RE:Your brains. (The target of the song is stuck in a mall, alone against a horde of zombies)
  • Andrew W.K.'s Ready to Die
  • The Black Parade.
  • "And The Radio Played On" by The Delta Mirror. It's a Death Song involving a couple's last moments together as the man is dying from some (unspecified) disease. The man just wants his last experience to be listening to the radio with his wife/girlfriend.
    She flips through the stations knowing wherever that she lands
    Will forever be the song that returns her to this moment
    He said this isn't the one that she should try to find
    Anything will do, but we're running out of time

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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 9, 2012
    TrustBen
    Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby has the Brown Note version.
  • April 9, 2012
    ladygem
    Literature

    In The Hunger Games Katniss sings Rue a lullaby as she is dying after taking a career's spear to the chest.
  • April 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Hunters of Gor Tarl has Marlenus and his underlings, all of whom are at that point prisoners of the forces of Tyros, sing the National Anthem of Ar as he goes into battle against 55 warriors from Tyros. It's the last thing that most of them hear.
    "Marlenus!" I called. "Once, on the sands of an arena in Ar, we fought, as sword companions...And once I saw you remove your helm in the stadium of tarns, and claim again the throne of Ar."
    "It is true!" called Marlenus.
    "Let me hear again, now," said I, "the anthem of Ar."
    The strains of the great song of Ar's victories broke from the Ubar's collared throat, and, too, from the throats of the men of Ar beside him.
    "Silence!" cried Sarus.
    He turned to face me, wildly. He saw that my blade was now drawn.
    "You are not of Ar!" he cried.
  • April 10, 2012
    Andygal
    The Dresden Files had a ghost singing a lullaby while smothering newborn babies in a hospital.
  • April 11, 2012
    JonnyB
    Not to be confused with Doctor Steel's song, "Lullabye-Bye", which is a twisted version of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy."
  • April 11, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Needs a better title. Lullabye-Bye makes it sound like it puts you to sleep and then you die in your sleep.
  • April 11, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^ Agreed, I actually named it from something I heard before because I didn't have a great idea at the time - And it seems like it was that Doctor Steel song...Which isn't even related...
  • April 11, 2012
    Mauri
    Not much of a song but the last musical piece when it comes in the Titanic movie (not the animated ones but the acted one) when the string quartet plays one last tune. The link for it is this one: [1]
  • April 12, 2012
    StevenT
    In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut The Mole sings a reprise of "La Resistance" as he dies.

    In Little Shop Of Horrors Audrey sings a reprise of "Somewhere That's Green" as she dies.
  • April 12, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^ That's Death Song. I don't know if this is a Sister Trope or a Super Trope...
  • April 12, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Another music example:

    • "And The Radio Played On" by The Delta Mirror. It's a Death Song involving a couple's last moments together as the man is dying from some (unspecified) disease. The man just wants his last experience to be listening to the radio with his wife/girlfriend.
      She flips through the stations knowing wherever that she lands
      Will forever be the song that returns her to this moment
      He said this isn't the one that she should try to find
      Anything will do, but we're running out of time
  • April 13, 2012
    Surenity
    • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan specially recorded the song "Goodbye So Soon" for the death trap he puts Basil of Baker Street into.
  • April 13, 2012
    SneakySquirrel
    The Pokemon move Perish Song causes any Pokemon who hears it to faint in 3 turns.
  • June 19, 2014
    TMOverbeck
    File under Music: "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard

    As for Film, Bjork's Dancer In The Dark may very well count.
  • June 19, 2014
    TMOverbeck
    If this needs renaming, might I suggest A Song Before Dying?
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Now, is this "the last song a performer ever sing/write before xe retires" or "the song you wanna hear before you die" or "the song whose lyrics are about impending death"?
  • June 20, 2014
    aurora369
    The song "Rains of Castamere" in A Song Of Ice And Fire and the TV series Game Of Thrones qualifies both as "song sang by the killer" and "song with lyrics about impending death". It was performed on the infamous Red Wedding by a band of Senseless Violins playing crossbowmen who promptly started to shoot the guests during the performance.
  • June 20, 2014
    Snicka
    Great trope, but the examples should state the names of the works, not just Pot Hole it.
  • June 20, 2014
    Shrikesnest
    Film example:

    • In For A Few Dollars More, El Indio's favorite method of killing is to challenge men to a musical duel: he plays a tune from a musical pocketwatch, and both men are to open fire when the music stops. Since he is familiar with the song, he has an unfair advantage... except against one man. Cue dramatic final showdown.
  • June 20, 2014
    Snicka
    It's often a Villain Song, if the villain sings it before killing someone.
  • June 21, 2014
    Alucard
    Mentioned in One Last Smoke's OP.

    "The object itself can manifest as many things: a book he was always reading, a picture of a loved one, or some kind of music player with a simple tune to encourage the mood of the scene."

    So, you may want to include Diegetic Switch somewhere in the description.
  • June 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Removed hat cuz the focus isn't clear yet. Looking at the examples...

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