"Wedding Bell Blues" as written by and Laura Nyro....
Bill I love you so
I always will
I look at you and see
the passion eyes of May
Oh but am I ever gonna see
my wedding day?
Oh I was on your side Bill
when you were losin'
I'd never scheme or lie Bill
There's been no foolin'
but kisses and love won't carry me
till you marry me Bill

Bill I love you so
I always will
and in your voice I hear
a choir of carousels
Oh but am I ever gonna hear
my wedding bells?
I was the one came runnin'
when you were lonely
I haven't lived one day
not loving you only
but kisses and love won't carry me
till you marry me Bill

Bill I love you so
I always will
and though devotion rules my heart
I take no bows
Oh but Bill you know
I wanna take my wedding vows
Come on Bill
Come on Bill
I got the wedding bell blues



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"Wedding Bell Blues" as written by Laura Nyro

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    General CommentLike a lot of Laura's songs, this one is really about womanhood in a way that I can't comment. But musically its one of the most fantastic compositions that a human being has ever created. It's immediately infectious, but at the same time you can hear it over and over again and it doesn't get old. Laura is one of a kind, she had a beautiful voice, a eclectic if not eccentric taste in lyrics, and most importantly a sense of melody that far belied her years. She wrote this song when she was 19. What did you do when you were 19. I got drunk in the basement. Most of us probably did the same. Laura wrote some of the most beautifully recorded songs we're ever likely to here. Let's thank her for that.
    freewheelinmikeon December 24, 2005   Link
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    MemoryI was 3 in 1997 when Laura passed away. My mom, being so upset over this bought Stoned Soul Picnic and played it everyday in the car. She sang Emmie to me and acted as though Eli was a sort of bogeyman. So the entire Stoned Soul Picnic greatest hits album is so nostalgic to me. Yesterday I raided my mom's old CD collection and I put all of Stoned Soul Picnic on my ipod and this is the one song that I cannot stop listening to. I'm 16 now and I can totally relate even though there is such a gap in time. Now I cannot believe I've been living most of my life without this song and Laura herself. I wish she were still alive because she truly continues to be a major influence on people's lives.
    youwerethefighteron January 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe version of the song I am listening to has different lyrics in a way that completely changes the song for me.

    I think the last verse goes:

    Bill, I love you so
    I always will
    And though devotion rules my heart
    I take no bows
    Oh, Bill you're never gonna take those wedding vows
    Come on Bill
    Oh, come on Bill
    Come on and marry me, Bill
    I've got the wedding bell blues
    Please marry me Bill
    I've got the wedding bell blues
    Wedding bell blues
    Marry me Bill

    The narrator seemingly loves Bill a lot, but sees the reality of her situation ("You're never gonna take those wedding vows") and has to make the best choices she can ("I take no bows").

    I love how alive and swing-y this song is.
    tesstigermilkon May 09, 2012   Link

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