"$1000 Wedding" as written by and Gram Parsons....
Was one thousand dollars wedding, supposed to be held the other day
And with all the invitations sent
The young bride went away
When the groom saw people passing notes

Not unusual, he might say
But where are the flowers for my baby
I'd even like to see her mean old mama
And why ain't there a funeral, if you're gonna act that way

I hate to tell you how he acted when the news arrived
He took some friends out drinking and it's lucky they survived
'Cause he told them everything there was to tell there along the way
And he felt so bad when he saw the traces of old lies still on their faces

So why don't someone here just spike his drink
Why don't you do him in some old way
Supposed to be a funeral
It's been a bad, bad day

The Reverend Dr. William Grace
Was talking to the crowd
All about the sweet child's holy face and
The saints who sung out loud

And he swore the fiercest beasts
Could all be put to sleep the same silly way
And where are the flowers for the girl
She only knew she loved the world

And why ain't there one lonely horn and one sad note to play
Supposed to be a funeral
It's been a bad, bad day
Supposed to be a funeral

It's been a bad, bad day

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"$1000 Wedding" as written by Gram Parsons


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    General Commentthis song is something special that you can't really describe why that is. The singer's point of view, the subject matter, the undisclosed circumstances all add up to make it really attractive, like some of the songs by the Band, now that I consider it.

    really special song.
    orphan_yachtson December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. It's probably my favorite Gram Parsons song. He was a superb songwriter and I think that there is a verse in the song that is often over looked. "and he swore the fiercest beasts
    could all be put to sleep the same silly way" is some sort of a prophecy. Gram knew how he'd leave this world. I think that the fiercest beasts he was talking about were the great musicians before him who had died of drug overdoses. "put to sleep" means to die and "the same silly way" means a drug overdose.

    it's very easy for listeners to look over little lines like that. i did dozens of times before i thought of that.
    gulfman_74on December 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthink i remember reading chris hillman and other folks linked to gram thought this song was really bad.
    i thought it was pretty original in composition and really tragic with an edge of comic relief but what do i know. one of the stand out tracks first time i heard this lp.

    anyone know why the original h8?
    limerenceon December 09, 2014   Link

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