Sunday, September 17, 2006

Heh?

I'm singing in yet another wedding in a couple weeks. I was working on learning my song today, but got a little hung up on some of the lyrics. This is probably one of the prettiest songs I've ever sung at a wedding, but I don't understand what these lyrics mean, and I'd like your help.

"Well, then, what's to be the reason for becoming man and wife? Is it love that brings you here, or love that brings you life? For if loving is the answer, then who's the giving for? Do you believe in something that you've never seen before? - There is love."

OK, it's not that they're unintelligible, or completely cheesy - I have in fact sung lyrics significantly cheesier than these - but what does that third line mean? "If loving is the answer, then who's the giving for?" Are they talking about giving away the bride, or giving a present? I'm sure it's not the present, because this is a song that's meant to be taken seriously, and no self-respecting Christian lyricist would include a little pun about gift-giving. So, we're talking about giving away the bride, then?

How exactly am I supposed to feel these lyrics if I don't know what in the hell they mean?

mystery lyrics - C-

ps. typed in "cheesy wedding picture" and got this one - A+ to Google images

10 comments:

equippedtofascinate said...

Umm...hate to disagree, but these lyrics ARE cheesy. Just have a tear or two come out when you're singing, and everyone will think you're feeling the song, even if you don't know what you're singing about.

equippedtofascinate said...

I just read your comment on my blog about the upcoming party, and I figured if I wrote something there, you wouldn't see it since it's an old post. I know you probably weren't serious about the decorations, but I love the idea. Be warned, no matter what you wear, I'll rival you for having the best costume.

Ashley said...

I don't think they mean anything. My guess is that the words fit in with the cadence of the song and therefore they were used. The just assumed that most people don't stop to think about the words of songs and their meanings, and for the most part, they're right.

It's official--my bro is leaving me and going to New Orleans for 2-3 months. Weird huh? You should come visit me now--you'd get your own bed!

bethro said...

I have no clue but now I'm confused and I want to know too. lol

mama kay said...

Yea, I don't get it either. It has a strange ring to it. Can you ask the bride what it means to her? Maybe you can get the *feeling* that way!

patrick said...

Wow. This song ranks right up there with "Like A Rolling Stone" and "A Day in the Life" in the pantheon of lyrical perfection, if you ask me. Which you didn't.

paultoes said...

blah. just start belting it out and wave your finger around like you're feeling it.

Chargenda said...

I will be there to report back on just how much it seems like Amanda is feeling the words as she sings them. word.

Peach said...

It's talking about giving of yourself to the other person.
When you get married, they become yours and you become theirs.

Erin said...

i'm suprised you haven't come across this one before...it was VERY popular in the 70's. I think my parents had it at their wedding.

Not to say that you were singing weddings back then...I know that's a little before your time!