not really a wedding song, is it?
I have the All About Eve version, which is hauntingly beautiful, and highly recommended if you've not heard it.
I haven't heard that one. Sinead O'Connor's version is good. She changes the genders round so it becomes "He Moved Through the Fair".
That's how I feel about people who want 'We Have All The Time In The World' played at their weddings.
Hey, it's a wedding- lets invoke Death!
So, Colum came across the lyrics in the last verse as a stand-alone entity, and made the other three verse up to lead into it?
He did a brilliant job, I think.
2007-05-29 12:18 pm (UTC)
He looks scary!
tha one that always gets me is 'dear Lord and Father of Mankind' - forgive our foolish ways!?
He's waving something at the camera and I can't work out what it is.
"Dear Lord and Father"- heh, heh, heh. Quite apart from the ianappropriate lyrics it's such a dreary tune.
They leave out the third verse at weddings. It's still a nuts idea. You are right, though, a gorgeous, wonderful song.
A lot of singers omit the third verse. I think it's a pity.
People really don't think too carefully about wedding music sometimes. I just heard a story about a rich Jewish woman who was marrying an Arab and had Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess as the processional.
When I meet with couples to discuss wedding music, I usually cite "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" from the Beatles' White Album as an example of an inappropriate music choice. Sometimes they don't get it...
My favourite- maybe it's an urban myth- is the one about the couple who request "The Robin Hood" song, meaning the theme from Prince of Thieves, and the organist plays the bouncy theme to the 1950s TV series-
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding down the glen,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men-
Feared by the bad, loved by the good-
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood...
2007-05-29 01:41 pm (UTC)
Twill be stuck in my head the rest of the day....
I've been a bit fascinated by this song and what's become on almost archetypal image - the (usually doomed) loved one moving through the marketplace while the lover watches from afar...it's become an almost obligatory scene in any Scottish/Irish pseudo-historical drama. I've always wondered if there was some sort of connection with this song.
2007-05-29 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Twill be stuck in my head the rest of the day....
I think the song is almost certainly the origin of the scenario.
Sinead O'Connor sang a version of it (with genders reversed) over the lovers' last meeting in the Michael Collins biopic.
Other strange wedding music picks:
Every Breath You Take (Sting)
Angel (Sarah McLaughlin)
Songs about stalking and suicide. Ah well- I guess you could say the people who chose them had a commendably realistic view of marriage
While plenty of cultures don't shy away from death, the Irish seem particularly adept at recognizing how it weaves in and out of every aspect of life, especially the happiest of moments. Some might call it a morbid holdover of their history, I think it's enlightening in the sense that it compels you to enjoy the time you have.
I think it's a catholic thing- the dance of death and all that. "In the midst of life we are in death"
That would be a kind of, uh, creepy song to have played at one's wedding!
The lyrics- all except the last verse- are Colum's work.
Oddly enough, I think Padraic Colum's The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (1918), a prose rendering for children with its half vase painting, half art nouveau illustrations by Willy Pogany, was my first encounter with the epic tradition.