Soundtrack to your life: 4

Yesterday we talked about songs not actually suitable for weddings but played there.

When I got married, we carefully chose our song.

It’s one of the most wonderful tunes I know, soft, with lyrics that are evocative, holding the promise of a future. The information leaflet of the civil registration office said “you can bring music on a CD and hand it to the clerk”. It didn’t say “make sure there’s only that one song on the CD, because our clerk is completely unable to play a specific track, despite it being 2007.” So the lady who conducted the ceremony simply put in the CD and pressed play so instead of getting married to  “Fields of Gold” (track #5) I got married to track #1:


I almost fell of the chair trying to suppress laughter, because holy shit, I was getting married to the lines “I send an SOS to the world, I hope that someone finds my message in a bottle”.  “Fields of Gold” is forever the song I didn’t get married to, but not in the sense all other songs carry that label.


But, it could have been worse. Because I wanted to play Queen “Don’t stop me now” at the end.

Track #1 on that CD?

Mama, just killed a maaaaaaaan!


  1. Some Old Programmer says

    For our wedding, I asked the band to play (but not sing) the theme song from “Fairly Odd Parents”. It was our little musical joke--and as we were a gay couple with a kid, it just felt right.

  2. rq says

    I laughed all the way through this post. After realizing our wedding was the next day, Husband and I settled quickly on Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”. It worked so well for us, because we didn’t want anything slow and romantic, but I was pregnant with Middle Child, so all the really fast songs were out.

  3. Nightjar says

    LOL. I envy your laughter suppression skills, that’s all.

    Clearly the universe saw you had chosen a song that was actually appropriate, and couldn’t let such a thing happen. I have been to several weddings where the music “Hallelujah” was chosen, and the universe was clearly OK with it.

  4. johnson catman says

    My wife and I chose VERY non-traditional music for our wedding. Our best friend sang “Defying Gravity” from Wicked for the opening song. My soon-to-be wife walked down the aisle to a guitarist doing the opening measures of “Wish You Were Here”. And the song that we had played as we were standing at the altar was “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. All of these songs had special meaning for both of us.

  5. Jazzlet says

    A friend of mine walked down the aisle to the theme from the orignial ‘Hawaii 5 O’, and they signed the register to ‘Ernie’ by Benny Hill She can’t say why as neither of them are usually that way inclined, but she’d turned to her then boyfriend one night and asked him to sing her a romantic song, he had sun her Ernie, word perfect.He’s normally more of a Hawkwind fan so it was a bit of a surprise.

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