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Happy Marriage songs?

KitKat 14 Mar 02 - 09:01 AM
Nigel Parsons 14 Mar 02 - 09:14 AM
Maryrrf 14 Mar 02 - 09:29 AM
Bat Goddess 14 Mar 02 - 09:34 AM
greg stephens 14 Mar 02 - 09:34 AM
Bat Goddess 14 Mar 02 - 09:36 AM
Maryrrf 14 Mar 02 - 09:39 AM
greg stephens 14 Mar 02 - 09:40 AM
Jeri 14 Mar 02 - 09:45 AM
McGrath of Harlow 14 Mar 02 - 09:48 AM
greg stephens 14 Mar 02 - 09:50 AM
Skipjack K8 14 Mar 02 - 09:57 AM
Snuffy 14 Mar 02 - 10:04 AM
Mary in Kentucky 14 Mar 02 - 10:16 AM
Murph10566 14 Mar 02 - 10:20 AM
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Subject: Happy Marriage songs?
From: KitKat
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:01 AM

Ok you lot, here is a challenge. Who can find songs about wedded bliss (other than the WEDDING SONG). There are plenty of songs about being in love and plenty more about rgretting having got married, feeling at the altar, dying of unrequited/forbidden love and being done to death by your parents for refusing to marry the person of their choice. BUT where are the songs about being happily married? Is it so unusual a state?

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:14 AM

THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL!

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:29 AM

There ain't that many of 'em! But "SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD" and "JOHN ANDERSON, MY JO" come to mind. Personally I like the ones about unhappy marriages like "Matty Groves". Much more fun!

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:34 AM

Sally Rogers' song, "LOVELY AGNES" written about her grandmother.

"Oh Agnes, won't you go with me?
We'll be married in style.
And we'll cross Lake Michigan
So blue and so wild.
We'll cross over Lake Michigan
Til we come to the shore
And our orchards will blossom for
Our babes as they're born."

"Now three score years have come and passed
Like the fruit on the trees
And our children have children
With babes on their knees
And we all join in the summertime
On the crystal lake shore
To greet lovely Agnes
Now twelve years and fourscore."

Linn

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:34 AM

"My Old Dutch"

I suspect you mean DEAR OLD DUTCH. --JoeClone, 20-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:36 AM

Of course, there's also "CUCKOOS NEST" as recorded by Tim Hart & Maddy Prior and by Ashley Hutchings, et al, on "Morris On!" --

(last verse)
"So this couple they got married and soon they went to bed
And now this pretty fair maid has lost her maidenhead.
In a small country cottage they increase and do their best
And he often claps his hand on her cuckoo's nest."

Linn

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:39 AM

I've had this dilema several times, being asked to sing at anniversaries, etc. In Scotland neighbors of my friend were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary - garden party, big cake, etc. They asked me to sing a song and I was stumped. I said "I can't think of a song that would be appropriate for honoring 40 years of love". "Oh there's nae love, dear, it's just been endurance", said the old fellow. So I sang "THE HUMOURS OF WHISKEY" and they loved it.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.

They play some of my songs on a local radio station and I was listening one time when the announcer dedicated a song to somebody's 50th wedding anniversary. He said my name and I was wondering what song it would be - it was "Farewell to Whiskey" - where a wife confronts her husband who's been drinking in the tavern all day leaving her and the kids with nothing to eat! Strange!


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:40 AM

SPENCER THE ROVER. They go through a bit of a rocky patch, but after a bit of counselling and addressing various issues they make a very good go of it.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:45 AM

This thread about love songs has some appropriate suggestions, although the songs are about all sorts of love. (I was looking for the one I posted at the end - Cheryl Wheeler's "QUARTER MOONS.")

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:48 AM

Come write me down, ye powers above
The man that first created love
For I've a diamond in my eye
Wherein all my joys and comforts lie
Wherein all my joys and comforts lie.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:50 AM

KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 09:57 AM

THE ROSEVILLE FAIR

Skipjack

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:04 AM

We've been together now for forty years
And it don't seem a day too much.
There ain't a lady living in the land
As I'd swap for my DEAR OLD DUTCH

WassaiL! V

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY IN THE MORNING
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:16 AM

Mary in the Morning ;-)

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MARY IN THE MORNING

Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
When through a sleepy haze I see her lying there
Soft as the rain that falls on Summer flowers
Warm as the sunlight shining on her golden hair,

When I awake and see her there so close beside me
I want to take her in my arms, the ache is there, so deep inside me
Oh, nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the morning
Chasing the rainbow in her dreams so far away
And when she turns to touch me I kiss her face so softly
And then my Mary wakes to love another day,

And Mary's there, in summer days or stormy weather
She doesn't care, when right or wrong, the love we share We share together,
Nothing's quite as pretty as Mary in the evening
Kissed by the shades of night and starlight in her hair
And as we walk, I hold her close beside me
All our tomorrows for a lifetime we will share,


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Murph10566
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:20 AM

Hi KitKat -

How about Anne Murray's 'COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE?' ?

West Side Story's 'One Hand, One Heart' (covered by Barbra Striesand, I think)...

'Longer Than...' by Dan Fogelberg

Another beautiful tune is John McDermott's 'Guardian Angel' ("Love is a Voyage" CD - EMI)

Just a few - Good luck - M.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COOTAMUNDRA WATTLE (John Williamson)
From: GUEST,alinact
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:29 AM

From Aussie legend John Williamson.

COOTAMUNDRA WATTLE
Words and Music by John Williamson
© 1986 EMUSIC PTY LTD

(The Cootamundra Wattle is a particular species of yellow flowering native bush.)

Don't go lookin' through that old camphor box, woman.
You know those old things only make you cry.
When you dream upon that little bunny rug,
It makes you think that life has passed you by.

There are days when you wish the world would stop, woman,
But then you know some wounds would never heal.
But when I browse the early pages of the children,
It's then I know exactly how you feel.

Hey, it's July and the winter sun is shining,
And the Cootamundra wattle is my friend,
For all at once my childhood never left me
'Cause wattle blossoms bring it back again.

It's Sunday and you should stop the worry, woman.
Come out here and sit down in the sun.
Can't you hear the magpies in the distance?
Don't you feel the new day has begun?

Can't you hear the bees making honey, woman,
In the spotted gums where the bellbirds ring?
You might grow old and bitter cause you missed it.
You know some people never hear such things.

Hey, it's July and the winter sun is shining
And the Cootamundra wattle is my friend.
For all at once my childhood never left me
'Cause wattle blossoms bring it back again.

Don't buy the daily papers any more, woman.
Read all about what's going on in hell.
They don't care to tell the world of kindness.
Good news never made a paper sell.

There's all the colours of the rainbow in the garden, woman,
And symphonies of music in the sky.
Heaven's all around us if you're looking,
But how can you see it if you cry?

Hey, it's July and the winter sun is shining
And the Cootamundra wattle is my friend.
For all at once my childhood never left me
'Cause wattle blossoms bring it back again.

Allan

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I CHOSE RIGHT
From: Pseudolus
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:31 AM

There's a great song called "I chose right" from the show "Baby" that I have sung at many many weddings. People have mistakenly assumed that I wrote it (mostly because they haven't heard it before) and sadly I had to tell the truth! Here's a couple verses....

First I think about you
Then I thing about me lovin you
then I think about you and me deciding we should be one
It's crazy I know, I wrestled with my pillow all last night
Then I look at you, And I know I chose right

Life's a very long road
And the crossroads come up, right away
And it's so hard to know which way to go, when you've barely begun
But oh the roads you leave behind can look so bright
Then I look at you, and I know I chose right

Nice tune as well....look for the soundtrack!

Frank


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: SharonA
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:36 AM

"Oh, How Happy You Have Made Me" performed by Shades of Blue, 1966

"Chapel of Love" performed by the Dixie Cups, 1964 (Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get ma-a-arried...)

"Still the One" performed by Orleans, 1976


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Midchuck
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 10:53 AM

Sometimes When I Get to Thinking - Buffy St. Marie.

What Song Could I Sing to You - Dick McCormack (the only people who've heard that in the last 15 years or so are those who have our first CD, and there's only a few hundred of those.)

Pete.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAKE YOUR TIME (Loudon Wainwright III)
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 11:55 AM


TAKE YOUR TIME
(Peter Mundey recorded by Loudon Wainwright III)

1. You first wound my clock up on our wedding day
You said it would always be striking
Though the spring's getting weaker and feeble the tick
It's still very much to me liking.

Chorus
So take your time, me lovely old lad
There ain't no reason to hurry
For as long as you're able to wind up me clock
Then I have no reason to worry.

2. I mind the time when we were young
You worked at the hedging and binding
You'd go out at dawn and come home through the dusk
Coming home for me clock to be winding.

3. As time went by, our children grew up
Were soon making wedding vows binding
And all of my daughters the same thing I taught
Make sure your clock always needs winding.

4. And now that we're nearing the end of our time
And you are so tired and grey, love
It still pleases me when you wind up me clock
And it will till the end of my days, love.

Raggytash sang this song to me on the night before I married Geoff and I still fill up when I hear it.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: JenEllen
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 12:17 PM

One of my favourites: CHICKENS IN THE GARDEN


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 12:32 PM

2 Tom Paxton songs

MY LADY'S A WILD FLYING DOVE and The First Song is for You.

BobS

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 12:40 PM

See Neal and Leandra's Old Love in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 01:14 PM

THE DUTCHMAN and After all these years.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 01:41 PM

"Lies," by Stan Rogers. They don't get much better than this.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,Laurie McP
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 01:42 PM

Greg Brown's: "Dear Wrinkled Face"

Traditional: "MATT HYLAND"

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: CapriUni
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:14 PM

What about QUAKER'S WIFE? Not specifically about marriage, but a 'snapshot' of a day in the life of a happy family -- and marraige is a part of that.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,Rich_and_Dee
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:29 PM

Hi,

"Heart of the Home" by Andy M. Stewart

What's the song by the Bothy Band that contains a line that reads something like "...when I first met him I wore a long shawl/Not that I'm married I wear bugger all..." Anyone help with the title?

Rich


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,Rich_and_Dee
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:38 PM

The Bothy Band song I was thinking of is "DO YOU LOVE AN APPLE?".

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Maryrrf
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:48 PM

Yeah that Bothy Band song about sums it up! It's hard for me to sing songs about happy marriage with conviction!


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Pseudolus
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 03:05 PM

Isn't the Dutchman about a couple where the husband has Alzeimer's and she still sticks with him? I agree, a true testament of love but I'm not sure it falls into the category of "Happy" Marriage songs.....jmho....

Frank


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Mickey191
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 05:43 PM

Picky,Picky,Picky. Obviously thee is still great love there. The vows say For Better or Worse. One can be happy taking care of one's life partner. That is what it is all about.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WALTZING AROUND IN THE NUDE
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 06:03 PM

:-)))

WALTZING AROUND IN THE NUDE
(Dick McCormack)

Edna was eighty years old last July
She's older and greyer, but then so am I
All of our married life, all of our days
We've started each morning the very same way

We go waltzing around in the nude
The neighbours complain it's crude
But Edna and me feel misunderstood
It's not rude, waltzing around in the nude

The phonograph stands on the living-room floor
Next to the sofa, across from the door
We hum all the tunes and we sway with the beat
With love in our hearts we're so light on our feet

We go waltzing around in the nude
Our kids think we're missing a screw or two
Our kids are prudes, they just can't get used
To Edna and me waltzing round in the nude

Time was when we floated like leaves on the breeze
Pleasing each other we'd do as we pleased
Still we're two dancing fools, Edna and me
Though nowadays I'm kind of stiff at the knees

Still we're waltzing around in the nude
And I don't know a happier mood
With what joy I'm imbued and what wonders I've viewed
Waltzing around in the nude

When the coffee is hot, when the sun's shining bright
Sometimes a waltz feels too airy and light
These are the moments when Edna delights
Changing the record to something just right

So we do the polka in the nude
We love all those fiddles and flutes
Then we open a few of the beers that we've brewed
Doing the polka in the nude

We go spinning around and around
Till Edna gets dizzy and falls down
And she giggles, she points and she thinks I'm cute
Doing the polka in my birthday suit

So do the polka in the nude
It works great for us, it will work great for you
It keeps your heart young and it keeps your love true
Like Edna and me do the polka in the nude


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 06:14 PM

NAOMI by Ralph McTell

The lyrics are in a thread somewhere

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 07:40 AM

Mrs Duck has already suggested one of my favourites "TAKE YOUR TIME", but another that comes to mind (although there's no actual mention of marriage) is poem by Dorothy Hewitt, Sailor home from the Sea which Martin Wyndham-Read set to music.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: KitKat
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 10:00 AM

Wow, thanks for all the suggestions. I should have said that I was looking specifically for traditional songs (clean ones - so that rules out 'Cuckoo's nest!), so apologies to all of you who suggested other genres. I will certainly take a good luck at them. Seems to me there is a gap in the market for song writers out there! I am very grateful that you all refrained from mentioning 'Me Husband's Got No Courage in Him'! Thanks again KitKat


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 10:35 AM

From the old time tradition-- Merry Girl (DaCosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters)
WHEN THE ROSES BLOOM IN DIXIELAND(Carter Family)
DIXIE DARLING (Carter Family)
ROSE OF MY HEART (I learned it from the Whitstein Brothers; anybody know where they got it?)
BEFORE I MET YOU (I believe Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper)
those off the top of my head; gotta be others!

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Tiger
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 06:01 PM

Pete, you just beat me to "Before I Met You", but I'd like to add:



Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Mar 02 - 10:53 PM

When my parents had their 60th wedding anniversary, they asked me to write a song for them. My parent's marriage was not "happy" by most measures. Like a lot of marriages, they got used to being together and took the bad with the good. I didn't feel that I could write an idealized song about every day being filled with love, so I went back to the year they were married for the first verse:

Back when Lindy first flew the Atlantic alone
And Jolson first sang on the great silver screen
And the sweet smell of Fels Naptha filled every home
And young Steamboat Willie first sailed the high seas

Steamboat Willie was Mickey Mouse's first cartoon

The chorus came out:

Through the good times and bad times
Fair weather and foul
There is nothing as strong
As a bond of the heart

Maybe why there aren't all that many songs about happy marriages is that marriages are rarely start to finish joy rides.

I still like the verse in WAY OUT WEST IN KANSAS:

There was a man who loved his wife (Way Out West in KS
They must have led a peaceful life - " " "
And there's a reason why each night
They hold each other's hands so tight
If one let's loose, they start to fight - " " "
Jerry

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:31 AM

WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE
BELIEVE ME, IF ALL THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS
I'LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN, KATHLEEN
Silver Threads Among The Gold
WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND
* *[maybe not "happy" marriage, but marriage that lasts]
Other genres:
Years From Now (Don Williams)
Always (Irving Berlin)
There's also a country song with a line like
"...when your hair is turned to silver, I'll still love to lay you down." Can't recall who sang it--Merle Haggard, maybe?

And then in another vein, but still germane, I think:
from Fiddler on the roof
Sunrise, Sunset and
Do You Love Me?

There's also a Yiddish song which, please forgive me, I'm about to spell wrong, since I don't have my sheet music in front of me:
"Achtzig Ehr Und SiebenSieben Sie"
("He's Eighty and She's Seventy-Seven"

Sonja

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 09:01 AM

I've got one:


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 09:05 AM

He was born to be any ordinary man
The soul of a wanderer had he
He passed by and she caught him by the hand
She'd the heart of an angel
And the wings of a dove

He turned 'round and she answered his embrace
Though little more then children were they
He gave her sons; strong and fine sons 1, 2, 3
Real treasure he passed to them
Their mother love did he

CHO:
She gave to him her love
And as the years passed by
They'd sail the heavens above
The soul of a wanderer and the wings of a dove

The wand'rer roams though he's bound to land or sea
The dove she glides from tree to shore
But when they wed they fly as far as they can see
Together they know no bounds
And 'cross the heavens soar

CHO:

Now is he, he's just an ordinary man
Returning as ever to her door
He kisses her face and he rolls her in his arms
Kisses he's given her ten thousand times before

CHO:


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 12:04 PM

Can't remember the title, but Don Williams recorded a GREAT song, You're My Best Friend. COuldn't be much finer a tribute to a wife.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 06:32 PM

How about "A DAISY A DAY". The ending is sad, but the marriage was happy!

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 02 - 09:06 PM

LASS OF GLENSHEE
Do all those broken token ones count?
Three Tom Lehrer "love" songs: WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GREY, I Hold Your Hand in Mine, THE WIENER SCHNITZEL WALTZ
BONNY YTHANSIDE
Those ones where she goes to war after him and they get married (MARY AND THE SOLDIER, Jackie Munro...)
In London So Fair
THE BANKS OF THE BANN

There must be lots more, but too much happiness is repetitive after a while (at least in a song).

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 17 Mar 02 - 04:05 PM

You're welcome to my, 'anniversary song,' "Sweet Sorrow in the Wind." Don't know if it's on DT, but it's on my "None But One" CD- and also was recorded by Emmy Lou Harrison on, "Blue Kentucky Girl," some years ago.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,dancer
Date: 17 Mar 02 - 08:42 PM

How about Stan Rogers' "Forty-five years" or "Lies" strange title but a beautiful love song

What about "You're My HOme" by billy Joel


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Genie
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 03:36 AM

"THE ANNIVERSARY SONG" written by Al Jolson and others.

MY WOMAN, MY WOMAN, MY WIFE - Marty Robbins

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Grab
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 09:15 AM

Some more Tom Paxton songs: "I give you the morning" and "OUTWARD BOUND" which I can remember offhand, but there's probably more.

Others: Sting "FIELDS OF GOLD"; Don McLean "And I love you so".

Beautiful South "Prettiest Eyes" has to be about the best though - absolutely lovely words.

Graham.

Song title converted to link. --JoeClone, 19-Mar-02.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Leeder
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 06:28 PM

Buffy St. Marie has another one, don't recall the title, but it has the line:

"He's a pretty good man, if you ask me."


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANNIVERSARY SONG (Mike Campbell)
From: GUEST,Mike Campbell
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 07:14 PM

Here's one I wrote for my own 25th wedding anniversary. Hopefully, this can be added to the database.

ANNIVERSARY SONG
(Mike Campbell)

Long ago when you and I were young dear,
I asked you to be my bride.
You were so pretty, and I was so happy,
To have you walk by my side.
And when I put that ring on your finger,
I promised that we'd never part,
Looking back on the years, I'm telling you dear
These words come from my heart.

(Chorus)
You're the love of my life little darlin',
The only one I'm dreaming of,
You're the sparkle of light that's there to ignight,
All of the stars in the heavens above.
Together we faced all our troubles,
Together we shared all the pain,
We've had lots of fun, we have danced in the sun,
And walked, hand in hand, in the rain.

(Bridge)
Sometimes the waters were troubled,
Sometimes the waters were calm,
Sometimes our boat would leak just a little,
But we kept each other warm.

And through the years we've stayed together
I love you even more today,
And if I had a chance to live it over again,
I wouldn't change one single day.
So happy anniversary darlin',
I hope that you'll always be mine,
We've had a good life as husband and wife,
And I'll love you til the end of time.

(Chorus)

NOTE: My wife Tawmmie and I got married in 1973 and we plan to stay together for all of our lives. M.C.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,BO in KY
Date: 18 Mar 02 - 11:52 PM

Not exactly trad., but in that vein, there's a song in "Rise Up Singing" called "Abelard and Heloise", beautiful tune....I think Sally Rogers does a version of it. Also, Marc Cohn "True Companion" - doesn't get much better.


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Genie
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 05:44 AM

There was a pretty, if schmaltzy, song that was popular in the 1950s (maybe early '60s), called "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring." It describes a beautiful, life-long love.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 06:35 AM

Sonja mentioned "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" before I logged in. I was going to mention it because I had heard that Thomas Moore had been commissioned to write it by a gentleman whose wife was suffering from a disfiguring disease. Wonderful story. Very weepy-making....

sian


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: Sooz
Date: 19 Mar 02 - 01:58 PM

Gift of a brand new day by Harvey Andrews, Silly old fool by Brian Bedford or, if you want traditional, how about the Lincolnshire Wedding Song?


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Subject: Lyr/Chord ADD: You're My Best Friend
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 05:01 PM

You can hear YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND at RECORD LADY, using the artist and song indexes to find and download the sound file. And please, support the Record Lady site if you can!

Haven't tried the arrangement yet; it's from Cowpie.

~S~

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MY BEST FRIEND
As recorded by Don Williams


1. You placed gold on my finger,
You brought love like I'd never known,
You gave life to our children,
And to me a reason to go on,

CHORUS:
You're my bread when I'm hungry,
You're my shelter from troubled winds,
You're my anchor in life's ocean,
But most of all, you're my best friend.

2. When I need hope and inspiration,
You're always strong when I'm tired and weak,
I could search this whole world over,
You'd still be everything that I need.

Repeat Chorus



CHORDS:
(D)You placed gold (A)on my (D)finger,
You brought (G)love like I'd never (D)known,
You gave life to our (G)children,
And (D)to me a (A)reason to go (D)on.

CHORUS:
You're my (G)bread when I'm (D)hungry,
You're my (A)shelter from troubled (D)winds,
You're my anchor in life's (G)ocean,
But most of (D)all, (A)you're my best (D)friend.

When I need hope (A)and inspir- (D)ation,
You're always (G)strong when I'm tired and (D)weak,
I could search this whole world (G)over,
You'd still (D)be every- (A)thing that I (D)need.

Repeat Chorus


~SH


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: akenaton
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 05:21 PM

"My dear old friend" by Mary Chapin Carpenter always makes me cry....
      DAMN IT!!!


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 11:59 PM

Flying Saucers

    1          1       1
Our (1) marriage used to be,
1         4          4       4      4
Like the (4) sweetest harmony.
1    1         1      1       5    5    5
Everything was peachy at the (5) start.

    5       1         1      1
But like a (1) rocket to the moon,
1          4    4       4      4
It was (4) over much too soon.
    5          5      5       5         1
The (5) day she hit my head she broke my (1) heart.


(chorus)-------------------------------------------------------------
(sound of saucers crashing followed by moans of owww!, 3x progressively louder)
1   1    1          1
(1) Flying saucers,
4   4    4          4
(4) Flying saucers,
1         1       1       1   5    5    5    5
(1) Flying from the hands of my (5) wife.
1   1    1          1
(1) Flying saucers,
4 4       4          4
(4) Cups and saucers,
    5          5    5    5       1
Are (5) breaking up my happy wedding (1) life.
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Last night I sure was blist,
when she threw a plate and missed.
I cried, "This is goodbye to our romance!"

But she pleaded as she said,
"Though that plate just missed your head,
I'm your wife and I deserve a second chance."

(chorus)

So to science I declare,
For those saucers in the air,
You don't have to look to Jupiter or Mars.

You can solve this mystery.
Find a woman who is free.
Marry her and you will soon be seeing stars.

(chorus)


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 12:03 AM

Nuts! When I cut and pasted this from Word it didn't look right in the submit message box so I moved everything around and then submitted it and it looks awful! I'll try pasting directly without correcting the errors as I view them it in the message box. I hope this works.

Flying Saucers

       1                1          1
Our (1) marriage used to be,
1             4             4          4      4
Like the (4) sweetest harmony.
1       1            1          1          5    5    5
Everything was peachy at the (5) start.

      5          1         1       1
But like a (1) rocket to the moon,
1             4    4             4      4
It was (4) over much too soon.
          5          5         5            5                1
The (5) day she hit my head she broke my (1) heart.


(chorus)-------------------------------------------------------------
(sound of saucers crashing followed by moans of owww!, 3x progressively louder)
1   1    1          1
(1) Flying saucers,
4   4    4          4
(4) Flying saucers,
1          1            1         1          5    5    5    5
(1) Flying from the hands of my (5) wife.
1   1    1          1
(1) Flying saucers,
4 4          4          4
(4) Cups and saucers,
          5          5       5       5                1
Are (5) breaking up my happy wedding (1) life.
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Last night I sure was blist,
when she threw a plate and missed.
I cried, "This is goodbye to our romance!"

But she pleaded as she said,
"Though that plate just missed your head,
I'm your wife and I deserve a second chance."

(chorus)

So to science I declare,
For those saucers in the air,
You don't have to look to Jupiter or Mars.

You can solve this mystery.
Find a woman who is free.
Marry her and you will soon be seeing stars.

(chorus)


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Subject: RE: Happy Marriage songs?
From: GUEST,reggie miles
Date: 12 Sep 03 - 12:06 AM

Well it still didn't paste correctly but perhaps you get the idea. Sometimes throwing things can be very therapeutic and sometimes just downright dangerous.


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