The Burial soundtrack includes music by En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Peggy Lee. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Maggie Betts’ 2023 Amazon movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
The Burial stars Jamie Foxx as Willie Gary, a personal injuries lawyer who primarily represents Black clients. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as Jeremiah O’Keefe, a white funeral director with financial issues. The storyline follows the main protagonists as they team up against a corrupt businessman during a court trial. Composer Michael Abels (Nope) scored the 126-minute Amazon film; music supervisor Liza Richardson (Friday Night Lights) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Burial, an adaptation of Jonathan Harr’s 1999 article.
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The Burial Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2023 Amazon Movie
- “Trust in the Lord” by APM Music (00:00:00): The Burial soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. Willie speaks at a chapel in 1995. He talks about answering God’s calls.
- “Expect Your Miracle” by Elbernita Clark-Terrell (00:05:00): Willie addresses a jury during a trial. He references a song. Willie briefly sings a lyric.
- “Whatta Man” by Salt-N-Pepa feat. En Vogue (00:06:00): Willie finishes a court speech. The music kicks in as the crowd cheers. Jeremiah observes the positive reaction to Willie.
- “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box (00:25:00): Hal (Mamoudou Athie) makes a pitch to Willie.The Burial soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. An airplane lands.
- “Dwyck” by Gang Starr feat. Nice and Smooth (00:27:00): An interior scene begins. Willie walks through a building with his team. He greets Jeremiah.
- “Hold On” by En Vogue (00:36:00): Raymond (Bill Camp) talks about Willie’s ethnicity. The track continues during a transition scene. Hal talks about the resume of Mama (Jurnee Smollett).
- “Feels Good” by Tony! Toni! Toné! (00:44:00): Willie talks to Jeremiah on an airplane. The Burial soundtrack song plays from the speaker system. The track is featured again at 01:48:00.
- “Let a Woman Be a Woman — Let a Man Be a Man” by Dyke & The Blazers (00:47:00): Mike (Alan Ruck) worries about losing Jeremiah’s case. Willie arrives at a bar. He order a ginger ale drink.
- “Long Is the Night” by Peter Sivo (00:49:00): A bar scene continues. Willie meets with Mame. He inquires about her white clientele.
- “Hold Tight” by Change (00:52:00): Willie finishes a conversation with Mame. The Burial soundtrack song continues during a transition scene in Jackson, Mississippi. Various character prep for a trial.
- “Just for a Thrill” by Peggy Lee (01:25:00): Jeremiah meets Gloria (Amanda Warren). They travel together in a red vehicle. Gloria talks about growing up in Indiantown with Willie.
- “I Like” by Guy (01:49:00): Willie reunites with Gloria. They dance during an interior scene. Music plays from a speaker system.
- “Better Days” by Le’Andria Johnson (01:56:00): Willie finishes a conversation with Mame. He references the famous lawyer Johnnie Cochran. The Burial soundtrack song accompanies the epilogue sequence.
- “Stand By Me” by Jimmy Ruffin, David Ruffin (01:58:00): The track scores the end credits.
- “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach (02:00:00): The music plays after “Stand By Me” during the end credits.
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The Burial soundtrack also includes:
- “Happy Birthday to You” by Traditional
- “Palm Court Foyer” by APM Music
- “Theme from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” by Dominik Hauser
- “Take Me to That Place” by APM Music
- “Cocktail Hour” by APM Music
- “Piano Bar Jazz” by APM Music
- “Piano Bar Trio” by APM Music
- “Take Me Away A” by APM Music
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