Dale, perhaps trying to be polite and not take up too much of anyone's time, posted a list of 10 songs.
I love this idea. I have a thing for funerals, and my own is something that I've given no small amount of thought to. I've been a cop for a few years, I'm in the department honor guard, and I've served on rifle squads for police funerals. My ethnicity is Irish, and my family are transplanted hillbillies (I'm two generations away from coal mines and railroads). So, I'm into funerals. I want my own to be a great blast--I want people to eat and drink, I want some crying, plenty of laughter (hopefully, some of it wildly inappropriate) and lots of loud conversation and music.
Since Dale was such a good sport, using only 10 songs, I'll list a few extra tracks since he didn't use them. Now, mind you, these are just a handful of tracks that came to mind. I could easily come up with another 10 or 15. But, here they are, in no particular order, to be played as part of the service or at the rollicking party afterward:
- Amazing Grace—Any good traditional hillbilly version, or with bagpipes
- Tango Till They're Sore—Tom Waits
- Going Down Slow—Howlin' Wolf
- Come On Up to the House—Tom Waits
- Sick Bed of Cuchulain—The Pogues
- Once in a Lifetime—Talking Heads
- I Saw the Light—Hank Williams
- Rank Stranger—Stanley Brothers
- I'll Fly Away—There are too many versions of this I love: The Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Stanley Brothers, Alison Krause..
- Isn't it Grand Boys—The Clancy Brothers
- Young At Heart—Frank Sinatra
- Rockin' Bones—The Cramps
- Didn't He Ramble--Louis Armstrong
- After Hours—The Velvet Underground