Hey little sister, what have you done
Hey little sister, who's the only one
Hey little sister, who's your superman
Hey little sister, who's the one you want
Hey little sister, shotgun

It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again

Hey little sister, who is it you're with
Hey little sister, what's your vice and wish
Hey little sister, shotgun (oh yeah)
Hey little sister, who's your superman
Hey little sister, shotgun

It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again

(Pick it up)

Take me back home, yeah

Hey little sister, what have you done
Hey little sister, who's the only one
I've been away for so long (so long)
I've been away for so long (so long)
I let you go for so long

It's a nice day to start again
Come on, it's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again

There is nothin' fair in this world, baby
There is nothin' safe in this world
And there's nothin' sure in this world
And there's nothin' pure in this world
Look for something left in this world
Start again

Come on
It's a nice day for a white wedding
It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day to start again


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White Wedding, Pt. 1 Lyrics as written by Billy Idol

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  • +7
    General CommentI apologize for my bluntness, but you are all idiots. No, the song is not about incest, or being "children under God", or any of that other shit yall said. Geeze he announced what it was about in an interview a long time ago. His sister got pregnant by a guy she wasnt married to and they had a "shotgun" wedding--they call it that because people try to get married really quickly so that no one will suspect they had sex out of wedlock, just maybe had a premature birth. He is her "superman" because hes her big brother and trying to protect her. It's sort-of his apology for not being there for her to help her learn how to face the real world now that shes grown up. GEEEZE yall incest? come on. fucking idiots. look it up if you don't believe me.
    wolfegirlon February 26, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General CommentHa, I'm glad I'm not the only one who at least suspected incest.

    "Hey little sister who's the only one
    Hey little sister who's your superman"

    "I've been away for so long (so long)
    I let you go for so long"

    C'mon now. Sounds to me like they sort of messed around when they were little and then he left. Now he's back for her wedding to some dude and he's reminding of what they used to do.
    TTRon September 18, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think you've mostly got it right, but i don't think he's literally talking about his sister. he's probably actually talking about an ex that he knows is in love with him, but is being forced into a marriage with somebody she doesn't really love because she accidentally got pregnant with him. she may have even cheated on him, hence the tone and the sarcastic "white wedding".
    dgkfhjlffjfjhlfhjaon March 17, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOK, woke up (in 2017) with this stuck in my head . . . looked this up and was actually surprised by the dumbness I read.

    People, there are multiple interpretations of things! Yes, its about the wedding of Idol's character's (real or imagined) sister to someone else after being knocked up - as he claimed in the interview. Yes, the incest references are deliberate: Idol is not an idiot, and knows exactly how people hear lines like "Hey little sister, who's the one you want?"

    And, above all, yes it is about a couple (related or no) using drugs. Freebase cocaine/crack, not heroin. "White wedding" is and was actually slang for a coke relapse. A "shotgun" is blowing exhaled smoke into someone's mouth when you are doing drugs so as not to waste any of the hit - this has been in common use for decades. He walks in and sees her with the the stuff after an attempt to quit: "What have you done?" If shes getting high, so is her "only one". He decides to join her, sharing the hit intimately: "shotgun". They relapse: "its a nice day to start again". It feels good . He's "been away for so long.". Contemplating their actions, and possibly their relationship, he concludes that "there's nothing pure in this world" so you might as well "look for something else in this world" (via momentary pleasure) . . . and Idol is certainly enough of a confirmed hedonist to have this interpretation. The "vice and wish" line also supports this nicely. The wedding is figuarative, and the "sister" probably (but not necessarily) is, too.

    And that's probably all there is to say about it.
    nathan1149on November 09, 2017   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI believe that this song IS talking about like a sisterly figure in his life,


    i was just recently explaining it to my sister to be exact lol

    but anyway, he says "Hey little sister what have you done?" and stuff like who's your only one.

    basically his "sister" got pregnant out of wedlock hence the SHOTGUN- shotgun wedding. and her "Superman" isn't fit to support her, he feels bad that he's been away for so long and that it's like it's his fault. he's saying that she should get married, but she can't have a WHITE WEDDING because she isn't a virgin anymore.





    so i believe that it's a song about premarital sex and thinking about the choices you make..... but idk. let me know what you think.
    modernguilton March 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningTo me, his "little sister" whoever she represents is a young girl who gets pregnant and has to have a shotgun wedding to right the 'wrong' for the family. billy is saying that he's been gone so long he couldn't help guide her or prevent it, but tells her that the world may not be fair but you can always start over, start again. The white wedding is a cover for the wedding of a young non-virgin pregnant girl to a man to save face. That's all in my opinion though. It's billy so who knows... i don't know anything about the drug references but to me this is the feeling i get from it.
    nnightengaleon October 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is about Billy Idol's sister who got pregnant and his resentment over the loss of innocence. The shot-gun wedding mentioned in the song is a result of the pregnancy.
    chekmate1974on April 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is not about any literal sister of Mr. Idol's. "Little sister" is just a term of endearment for a girlfriend or lover. Just as when you call someone your "baby" you don't mean to say they are really your infant child. It's just that you love them as much.
    Betenoireon October 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song because people attribute different meanings to it. I first thought it was about suicide - with the shotgun and the white wedding and start again - or maybe it was about a shotgun wedding - for the same reasons, but I heard a more plausible explanation that it is really about heroin. It is reportedly about someone - possible Idol - in treatment for heroin abuse who relapses. It makes sense if you go through the lyrics. But I encourage everyone to stick to whatever meaning works for them.
    donald1487on December 22, 2017   Link
  • +1
    Song FactFrom Billy Idol's autobiography, Dancing With Myself:

    "I stared at the blank piece of scrap paper in front of me. Taking the pen sitting alongside it in hand, I wrote 'white wedding' at the top. What made me think of that? Well, my sister had recently gone to the altar pregnant. And while that fact was perfectly all right with everyone, seeing as how she loved the guy, I started thinking how, in the more recent past, this would have been called a 'shotgun wedding'. I started to imagine an alternative reality, one in which I was pissed off at this violation of my sister and I arrive at the wedding hell-bent on revenge.

    Is this guy in love with his sister in an incestuous way, hating the thought of anyone else having her? The lyrics imply it, but without spelling it out—they create an uneasy feel."
    softculton November 12, 2019   Link

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