This Ain’t A Love Song

or: Why can’t love songs just be about love

I listen to a lot of music. The radio in the apartment, CDs in the car, iPod on the go. I’ve always had an interest in singing, playing my guitar and filling the world with the good stuff. And some cheesy stuff too. But I digress. I never noticed until I began wedding planning how many so-called Love Songs aren’t about LOVE. They’re about I love you but I’m leaving, I love you but you’re leaving, I love you but due to the current economic climate I’m emigrating, otherwise, like, I’d totally be your boyfriend.

My friend Doireann who sings in a gospel choir, spends much of her time at fleadhs, and whom I actually met through music (we both played in a mah-ussive Ashbourne-based band called Salt and Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band), called up the other evening to discuss music for the ceremony. She is doing the honors along with another mutual friend Joanne, (with whom I shared keyboard lessons at the age of 10, and electric guitar lessons at the age of 15 – We’ve stomped the same music circuit, so to speak).

Well, we had a mighty YouTube-enabled sing-song, and quickly discovered the finding discussed above. So much so that whenever we found a Hammarite Love Song (or one that does exactly what it says on the tin), we wrote it down.

Here is that list:

Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Baby I Love You – The Ramones
You’ve Got The Love – Candi Staton
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Someone Like You – Paul Brady
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
And I Love Her – The Beatles
Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
All My Lovin’ – The Beatles
I Feel Fine – The Beatles
Happy Together – The Beatles
Fallin’ in Love with You Again – Imelda May
Rainy Night in Soho – The Pogues
When You Tell Me That You Love Me – Diana Ross
December – Weezer
It’s a Kind of Magic – Queen
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Umbrella – Rihanna

Now, here’s where you come in. I’m sure there must be tonnes more proper love songs out there that are on the quirky side, so if you know any, please do be so kind as to share. So in the future when brides-to-be google ‘List of Songs for Weddings” they’ll find this page and get the best of the best, and not have that sinking moment when considering “Open up your eyes, then you realize, here I stand with my EVERLASTING LOVE”, and realizing the verse is “Hearts go astray leaving hurt when they go/ I went away just when you needed me most.” Sigh. Over to you.

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