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Thread #43042   Message #626713
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-Jan-02 - 02:52 PM
Thread Name: Req: Wake songs (NOT Funeral Songs!)
Subject: RE: Req: Wake songs (NOT Funeral Songs!)
At a wake you reminisce about the one that's gone, and sing the songs they used to like, and the songs they remind people of. Or songs you think they'd have like if they'd heard them, and better late than never. The songs are part of the conversation.

So it all depends on the aunt. You've got two in there - and just because you've had a song at a funeral is no reason not to sing it again after.

Maybe Finnegan's Wake wouldn't do. "I'll take you home again Kathleen" (even if wasn't an Irish song to start with.) "Rose of Tralee". "Galway Bay". "Eileen Ogue". "If I was a Blackbird." "The Galway Shawl". "Carrickfergus". "Come back Paddy Reilly".

All the old ones people think they're too smart to sing any more.