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Songs for a Wedding

05 Apr 10 - 04:55 PM (#2880209)
Subject: Songs for a Wedding
From: Marie27

Hi Folks

I am looking for some suggestions for two songs we can sing at my wedding in four weeks time in a woodland ceremony.

The first song will be sung by an ancient oak tree, and the second after we have said some words to each other.

We are looking for something loving / suitable, easy to sing (for non-folkies), with a chorus or repeating line, with a 'cheery' tune.

So any suggestions would be brilliant.

Thanks
Marie (Titch)
mhlum@hotmail.com
sheilalumchina@gmail.com (Mum's!)


06 Apr 10 - 12:31 AM (#2880444)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,JB3

Hi Marie27,

You are probably aware that there are many more sad love-songs in traditional music than there are happy ones. ("Sorry the Day I was Married", comes to mind!) "Eileen A-Roon" is pretty, but most appropriate if you're of Irish descent. And it doesn't have a refrain that repeats. "Roseville Fair" would be more appropriate for the reception. ("Here's a glass to all true lovers...")

In reading over your post again, I see that you probably meant "beside" an oak tree, not that the oak tree would be singing! (interesting image!)
Best Wishes to You Both!


06 Apr 10 - 01:54 AM (#2880459)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,Ana

I put up almost exactly the same query 2 days ago, and....sob....only got one reply. Thanks Steve.

Funny how the mind can just go to mush when faced with having to choose something so important.

I have a sterling repertoire of 'wrist-slitters' all of which I think very beautiful but not appropriate!

Wondering about 'the Snows they Melt the Soonest'?

If you help Marie, you can help us both - two for the price of one!
Cheers
Ana


06 Apr 10 - 07:52 PM (#2881031)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Suegorgeous

But plenty of suggestions on a third thread on the same topic.....

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=119602&messages=32


07 Apr 10 - 03:28 AM (#2881178)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: SylviaN

Certainly were a lot of suggestions on Suegorgeous's thread above. In case you don't want to look at it, this is the one I made.

"At my neice's wedding, Keith and I sang the song both the Copper's Wedding song and the one that he and Lynne Heraud recorded - A Passionate Shepherd to his love, or otherwise known as "Come live with me and be my love" (from their "Stars in my crown" CD - words by Christopher Marlowe and tune by Lynne)."

What I missed out on that occasion was that, when I started singing "Come live with me and be my love", I burst into tears about half a verse in - and someone was videoing the whole thing. Well, it's an Aunt's perogative to cry at her Niece's wedding!

Cheers

Sylvia


07 Apr 10 - 04:39 AM (#2881202)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Suegorgeous

Umm, it wasn't my thread.....


07 Apr 10 - 04:42 AM (#2881205)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,padgett

Try the LIncolnshire Wedding song!!

Ray


07 Apr 10 - 12:19 PM (#2881441)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Nigel Parsons

Here's to the couple
Translation by JPete Seeger.
I've heard it done by the Spinners, and quite effective, also totally non-denominational (suitable for secular joinings)

(search for the title as 'find on page')

Cheers
Nigel


07 Apr 10 - 12:21 PM (#2881444)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,Andrew

Wedding Song - Bob Dylan from Planet Waves


08 Apr 10 - 06:23 AM (#2881988)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,Two of a Hind

May I suggest New Seasons Love by Dave Webber, he wrote this song as a gift for a friends wedding


08 Apr 10 - 06:06 PM (#2882416)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Herga Kitty

IIRC, New Season's Love was written for Tom McConville's wedding.

The Wedding Song (Come Write Me Down)definitely meets Marie's spec for something loving / suitable, easy to sing (for non-folkies), with a chorus or repeating line, with a 'cheery' tune.

Kitty


09 Apr 10 - 04:07 PM (#2883095)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST

Cheers Kitty - any idea how/where I can get to listen to New Season's Love?
The title is lovely!


13 Apr 10 - 06:33 PM (#2885897)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Sheila China

well actually from Sheila her daughter - I searched under 'come write me down' and found 2 offered 0.7967 this was the traditional one I knew. I haven't searched for a long time and now there was a window on the right where you could hear snippets of the Copper Family singing part of the track and also In the Harmony way singing a similar clip. then you can pay in dollars and download the full MP3 track. oh the wonders of the modern internet. At the bottom of the words there is still the old style notes to get the basic tune Anyway thank you Kitty


13 Apr 10 - 06:46 PM (#2885913)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Herga Kitty

Guest - New Season's Love is on Dave and Anni's "Away from it all" CD, as listed here

Kitty


13 Apr 10 - 06:51 PM (#2885920)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST

John Denver recorded one that starts"Today as the blossoms still cling to the vine". I think it might be just called "Today". Worth looking for, it a great Wedding song


14 Apr 10 - 03:38 PM (#2886633)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Genie

Actually, I don't think some of the lyrics of "Today" really suit a wedding. (I think Randy Sparks wrote it, didn't he, BTW.)

Tom Paxton's "Outward Bound" is a great wedding song. (He may have even written it for a wedding.)
Outward Bound (cover)
The lyrics and chords are shown too.
Nana Mouskouri does a wonderful job on this song too, but all I can find at YT is her recording of "En Partant" (the French version of the lyrics)

Here's another excellent wedding song:
"(I'd Be Me) Just Loving You". (The video is blurry because it's from a thumbnail, but the audio is fine. This is a cover of a song by a group whose name I'm blanking on at the moment. It's something like "The Kanes.")

And Tom Paxton has another very good song for weddings:

Home To Me Is Anywhere You Are
I'll post the lyrics in a separate thread.

Genie


14 Apr 10 - 03:45 PM (#2886640)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,Tinker in Chicago

"Golden" by Andy M. Stewart. Also recorded by Makem & Clancy.


14 Apr 10 - 04:34 PM (#2886662)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Genie

There's always Ewan McColl's love song to Peggy Seeger: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."


14 Apr 10 - 04:44 PM (#2886670)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Zany Mouse

I think that song was written by Peggy for Ewan wasn't it?

Rhiannon


14 Apr 10 - 05:02 PM (#2886693)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: McGrath of Harlow

The first song will be sung by an ancient oak tree

Roots music!


14 Apr 10 - 10:40 PM (#2886898)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Genie

Pretty sure it was the other way around, Zany.

McGrath, LOL!   You must've dug pretty deep for that one!


20 Apr 10 - 09:29 PM (#2891033)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,garyedelman

Bob Dylan's Emotionally Yours. Especially as done by I think
the O'Jays with Booker T on the organ on the Dylan 30th anniversary
album/CD


21 Apr 10 - 05:42 AM (#2891219)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,Zeph

What about Kate Wolf's "Two Way Waltz"? Or her more well-known "Give Yourself To Love"


21 Apr 10 - 03:42 PM (#2891568)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,mg

I love the wedding song by N.P. Stookey. It is on youtube.

I know where I'm going

I'll buy you a paper of pins

Will you still need me..when I'm 64

Hearth and fire..G. Bok

you are the call I am the answer or vise versa

follow me..J. Denver

All for Mari's wedding

It is astounding that there aren't more. I am going to be licensed to be able to do weddings shortly so I would like to find more. mg


21 Apr 10 - 05:56 PM (#2891643)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: GUEST,mg

How about wild mountain thyme

Call the yowes

Is La Bamba a wedding song?

How about other languages?

Must be lovely ones in Spanish, mi corazone..mg


21 Apr 10 - 06:04 PM (#2891646)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Herga Kitty

I'll weave my love a garland, a garland dressed so fine
I'll set it round with roses, with lilies, pinks and thyme
And I'll present it to my love, when he returns from sea
For I love my love, and I love my love
Because my love loves me.

Kitty


21 Apr 10 - 11:20 PM (#2891807)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: mg

I know my love by her way of walking etc.

The pink the lily and the blooming rose

Make of our hearts one heart


22 Apr 10 - 05:13 PM (#2892309)
Subject: Lyr Add: SWEET BRIDE (Kate Rusby)
From: Commander Crabbe

We walked up the isle to this one

SWEET BRIDE : (Kate Rusby)

A lady was walking on a midsummer's day
The birds they were whistling so merrily and gay
When along came a white steed in the finest array
And it carried a young man these words he did say

Chorus
Come live by the great moon
That rules the strong tide
Climb up on my horse love
And be my sweet bride

I bid you good morning, this young man did say
And where might you be going on such a nice day
I'm walking to view sir the bonny blue sea
For it's all I have left now that means much to me

Chorus

If that's all you love now, come riding with me
You'll live in my castle deep under the sea
You'll sleep in my gold bed, my fine silken sheets
And have gifts of great beauty from all that you meet

Chorus

She's up in the saddle and away they did ride
The horse skipped and danced over waves on the tide
Now she's only remembered by this story I tell
From an old man on horseback who once knew her well

CC

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23 Apr 10 - 09:36 AM (#2892727)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: topical tom

Though not technically wedding songs, I would recommend Tom Paxton's "I Want to Dance a Slow Dance With You" or "Waltz in the Kitchen With You"?I'm not sure of the title. Another great song is his "Home is Anywhere You Are".


23 Apr 10 - 12:28 PM (#2892839)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: Lenny's mum

Two songs that could be played whilst in the woods are Vin Garbutts, Silver and Gold and Friends like these by George Papavgeris. Hope all goes well.


26 Apr 10 - 11:50 PM (#2895043)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: mg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3BIX0duKs&a=rDNTNQI5ISM&playnext_from=ML

eres tu


27 Apr 10 - 12:07 AM (#2895049)
Subject: Lyr Add: EDGE OF THE WHITE ROCK / BRUACH NA CARRAI
From: mg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nWbIXz6u4s

Not easy but very beautiful. From the Blasket Islands of Ireland..where I am suspecting my ggm might have come from. mg

The Edge of The White Rock (Bruach na Carraige Baine)

(Brook nah kar-ig-aah bawn- ah)

This beautiful love song originates from the Blasket Islands off the coast of Corca Dhuibhne in southwest Kerry. A great deal of music has come to us from these six small islands during the last century, much of it is believed to be rooted in much older traditions of this close knit community.

O's thiar cois abhainn gan bhreag gan dabht, ta an ainnir chiuin tais mhanla
Gur gile ar a com i na an eala ar an dtonn o bhaithis go bonn a broige,
Is i an staidbhean i a chraigh mo chroi agus d'fhag si m'intinn bronach,
Is leigheas le fail nil agam go brach, o dhiultaigh mo ghra geal domhsa

Is fearr liom fhein na Eire mhor na saighreas Ri ns Spainne,
Go mbeinnse is tusa i lub na finne i gcoillte s' i bhfad onar gcairde,
O mise is tusa bheith posta a ghra le haon-toil athar is mathar,
A mhaighdean og is milse pog gur tu grian na carraige baine

A stuaire an chinn chailce mas dual gan tu a bheith agam, beidh coir ort a thaithneoidh le do chairde
Idir sioda agus hata o bhonn go barr gach ni insan gcathair da haille
Beidh do bholacht a casadh gach neoin chuin an bhaile, ceol binn ag d'eachaibh ar bhanta,
Beidh or ar do ghlaice is coiste ag tarraingt go bruach na carraige baine

The Edge of the White Rock (Bruach na Carraige Baine)

I would prefer than all of Ireland and the wealth of the King of Spain,
That you and I were in a beautiful nook in the woods far from our friends,
Oh, if only you and I were married, love, with the blessing of our parents,
My beloved of the sweetest kiss, you are the sun of the white rock.

Oh, fair-haired, handsome woman, if you are not destined for me, your friends will care for you,
With silk and hats from head to toe and the most beautiful of all that can be bought in town,
Your cattle will be driven home every evening, and your horses will make sweet sounds in the fields,
You will have gold in your hand and you will have a carriage to bring you to the edge of the white rock.


27 Apr 10 - 02:40 AM (#2895086)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: open mike

definately Kate Wolf's Give Yourself to Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBRPh5qjg00&feature=related
some folks i know chose Water is Wide for their wedding.


27 Apr 10 - 02:45 AM (#2895087)
Subject: RE: Songs for a Wedding
From: mg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsgXbSUMzR4&feature=related

Seekers with I know I'll never find antoher you.


27 Apr 10 - 07:24 AM (#2895173)
Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL SAIL NO MORE (Bryan Bedford)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

Anne and I sing this one occasionally:

I'LL SAIL NO MORE

by Bryan Bedford

Moored to this ring I will not drift
Anchored here I'll stay
Within the shelter of your arms
Watch the ebb-tide drift away
The tide may wait for no man
But this man sails no more
I've found what I was seeking on this shore.

chorus:
I'll sail no more, though breezes blow
I'll stay becalmed within these waters, I won't go away
I'll sail no more, my search is through
For the wonder that I found I found was you.

Moored to this ring I will not drift
Here I'll make my bed
Within the shelter of your arms
Bound by the words we've said
The light that shines within your eyes
To guide me safely safely here
The harbor light of blinding white, I will be near.

chorus:
I'll sail no more, though breezes blow
I'll stay becalmed within these waters, I won't go away
I'll sail no more, my search is through
For the wonder that I found I found was you.

Moored to this ring I will not drift
I'll step onto this quay
I'll hold the hand that rules this land
Your landsman I will be
And though the skies may darken
When storm clouds hide your face
Know that I am with you, I've found my place.

chorus:
I'll sail no more, though breezes blow
I'll stay becalmed within these waters, I won't go away
I'll sail no more, my search is through
For the wonder that I found I found was you.