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Who would you choose to chat with if you were granted a 7 minute visit to someone in heaven?

All of us will lose people we love at some point in our lives. We often will wish that we could sit down with them again and spend time just having a conversation. This concept was beautifully captured through lyrics and a music video by Reba McEntire as part of her Not That Fancy album which was released in 2023.

 

The song is a tribute to her mother, Jacqueline, who passed away in 2020. “The music video for ‘Seven Minutes In Heaven’ is just really sweet and simple,” McEntire says (via CMT). “We tried to imagine what it might be like to go to heaven and sit down with someone you’ve lost. The heartbreaker is that you only get to spend seven minutes with them. For me, that person is my Mama. I hope that the fans can imagine who that person is for them and find some comfort in knowing that someday, they’ll get to spend forever with that person they love.”

 

Lyrics

I wouldn't ask Cash why he wore all black

Or have Elvis sing me a song

I wouldn't ask why Kennedy died

'Cause I know that I wouldn't have long

I wouldn't small talk with Peter by those pearly gates

I'd ask him to let me on in

And I'd say somebody waiting on the other side

That I'd really like to catch up with

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I know just what I'd do

Take a walk down those golden streets

And find a quiet corner booth

I wouldn't spend all my seconds asking God questions'

Cause he knows I'd be back soon

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I'd spend them all with you

How's the fishing up there

Have you been getting our prayers

We've been sending them every night

The only issue here is, oh, Lord, we miss you

But I swear, we're doing alright

Does the weather get colder?

Do you ever grow older?

Does it feel like the blink of an eye?

I'm so glad to be here

And I sure hope they serve beer'

Cause, for me, it's been a long time

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I know just what I'd do

Take a walk down those golden streets

And find a quiet corner booth

I wouldn't spend all my seconds asking God questions'

Cause he knows I'll be back soon

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I'd spend them all with you

And when it's last call, I'll hug you

And I'll tell you, I love you

But I won't say goodbye, goodbye

Right now, I got to leave

But the next round's on me

And I know it won't be the last time

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

Then I know just what we'll do

Oh, we'll take a walk down those golden streets

And find that same old corner booth

But I might take a few seconds to ask God some questions

I didn't last time I was through

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I'd spend them all with you

If I had seven minutes in Heaven

I'd spend them all with you

Songwriters: Olivia Rudeen, Matthew Wynn.

 

By performing this song, the singer is also performing a death ritual. There is wisdom about pain in some of our oldest rituals of death. People gather, typically telling stories about the sweet, silly, or loving things the person did. We honor their courage, perseverance, and contributions to our lives at the same time we weep over the knowledge that we will never see them again. The rituals teach us that the pain of loss is rich and varied and reflects our caring and connection. We honor what loved ones stood for and promise to carry that forward. We acknowledge their flaws and resolve not to repeat them. We find in their lives instructions for what to appreciate and value. We laugh and we cry, extracting the array of thoughts and feelings that accompany the loss of anything important.


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