After reading an National Public Radio survey of listeners about the most inappropriate wedding songs they’ve heard, I had to wonder if people bother to actually listen to the lyrics being sung in songs they process down the aisle to or dance that first dance.
The winning songs are:
1. Send In The Clowns by Judy Collins. Yes, people have actually walked down the aisle to meet their beloved and begin a new chapter in their lives to this sad dirge of a song. And what is worse, it’s a sad break-up song that almost makes me want to slash me wrists from the melancholy funk I’d been in listening to it.Just when I stopped opening doors
Finally finding the one that I wanted - was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
So sure of my lines - then nobody’s there
Don’t you love a farce; my fault I fear
I thought that you’d want what I want - sorry my dear
But where are the clowns - there ought to be clowns
Maybe next year
2. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers. Not exactly my first…or hundredth choice of music to accompany my first dance with my husband but some people obviously have different standards than I do. Now There’s No Welcome Look
In Your Eyes When I Reach For You
And Girl You’re Starting To Criticize Little Things I Do
It Makes Me Just Feel Like Crying Baby
’cause Baby, Something Beautiful’s Dying
If I were a guest forced to witness this first dance, I’d have serious reservations as to the health and longevity of the marriage.
3. The Lady is a Tramp by Frank Sinatra. Just because Sinatra sings it doesn’t make it an appropriate wedding song but some dinglehead chose to sing it to his new wife at the reception. It just doesn’t seem particularly smart to sing a song to one’s wife, with her relatives in attendance, with the word “tramp” in it 14 times. Doesn’t like dice games, with sharpies and frauds
Won’t go to harlem, in Lincolns or Fords
Won’t dish the dirt, with the rest of those broads
That’s why the lady is a tramp
Oh, cute. The song also refers to women as “broads”. Lovely, simply lovely.
4. La donna e mobile by Verdi (Rigoletto) The translation from the Italian of this famous opera piece is:Woman is flighty
Like a feather in the wind,
She changes her voice — and her mind.
Always sweet, pretty face,
In tears or in laughter, — she is always lying.
Always miserable is he who trusts her,
He who confides in her — his unwary heart!
Yeppers, just the right words to sing during a wedding ceremony. And now you know why some churches and pastors forbid secular music to be played in church wedding ceremonies. Okay, what is the most bizarre song you've heard at a wedding?