So we lie here in the dark
All the wrong things on fire
In sickness and in health
To be with you, just to be with you

In your wedding dress
To have and to hold
Even at my best
I wanna let go

And you hold me in your arms
And all that I can see
Is my future in your hands
And all that I can feel
Is how long ever after is
It's all that I can do
To be with you, just to be with you

In your wedding dress
To have and to hold
And even at my best
I wanna let go

Thought I lost you
Thought I lost you, I gave you away
Thought I lost you
Been jealous of the moon
For how it moves the waves

In your wedding dress
To have and to hold
Even at my best
I wanna let go

And I want to be somebody else now
And I want to thicken my skin
And I want to wish it all, just wish it all away again, again, again

And I want to be somebody else
And I want to be holding you in
And I want to be missing you, love, missing you, love
With all that I have left to give, to give, to give

Lyrics submitted by dmb1spe, edited by natilator, privatecha, hadiemarris

Wedding Dress Lyrics as written by Matt Nathanson Mark Weinberg

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    General Commenti'm not sure exactly what it means, but i definitely think it has something to do with realizing that he doesn't want to marry the girl he's supposed to or committed to marry... he's looking to the future and wants to let go of her and wishes all of it would just go away. it really is sad.
    Sestar99on March 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i hear this song, i imagine a guy and girl who are best friends. the guy is in love with her but she's getting married to someone else and he's really struggling with her.
    watch.the.skyon March 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that this songs means that this guy is in love with this girl. But this girl is in love with someone else. And the guy is at her wedding and he is basically saying that he wants her to be happy, and in order for her to be happy, she needs to marry the one that she loves, and he needs to let go..
    ehrichsm2on March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI remember him saying in concert that this song is about adultery and cheating on the one you are married too and how a beautiful marriage was just a sham
    johny4304on April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always took this song to mean that he is very much in love with a woman that is about to marry another man. and that she is cheating on her future husband with him.

    but after going through a completely verbally abusive relationship, I think it is about the fallout of marriage. the breakdown of love. about divorce.

    I always saw it as a love song until I started going through the slow breakup with my ex, and then started relating to it in a whole new way. This song is beautiful, but terrible at the same time.

    It also got me through some of the worst days.

    He is an amazing performer, but an even better song writter.
    shortyyon September 10, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me cry every time i hear it. here's why..

    my best friend and i had been dating for awhile then he decided to go into the military. at first everything was great, besides the whole distance thing. he was the person i wanted to spend the rest of my life with. we had everything planned out. and i mean everything. we were going to get married within a year we decided... that was until everything just started to fall apart. bit by bit. and he kept pushing me to marry him. but with everything falling apart as it was i wanted to wait. but he was convinced it'd fix everything, that it'd magically fix everything. but we eventually broke up.

    to me this song means that maybe they were best friends and thought getting married was right choice. but as he looks back upon it, maybe it wasn't? maybe you two weren't ready? it's supposed to feel one way.. you're supposed to feel so happy... but you realize you're not. and even as she looks perfect, like every bride is supposed to... he just wants to run away. he feels stuck. lost. like he lost his best friend in maybe a desperate attempt to keep them together (cuz no matter how many times we fought, my fiance said that if we got married it'd fix everything) but it doesn't fix things.

    i think that's how i'd feel today if i had agreed to rushing into a marriage that we just weren't ready for. a lot of military marriages are like this. it means so much to me. but still touches that sore spot that still haunts me.

    overall, an amazing song. everything i've ever wanted to say... Matt Nathanson sings with such ease
    excuse my pouring out of my heart :) lol yikes.
    anchored2hearton February 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBreaks my heart.
    watch the sky xon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about. I wish someone could shed some light. Come on, people!
    cubbyblueson February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI actually saw Matt in concert last night. Seeing the artist in person singing the song helps to decipher the meaning.

    I believe it's one of two things. Either he realizes on his wedding day that this isn't the woman he is supposed to marry, or, he has trouble with commitment and even though he's "at [his] best" he is afraid of the commitment. He either wants to wish away the fear, or just be somebody else at that moment.

    After seeing him in concert, I'm leaning more towards the latter meaning.
    bugmenot123on March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a really really sad all of it's possible meanings. In my opinion, he's saying that he's feeling like he's not good enough for the girl, he realizes how much he loves her, but feels guilty because he knows he's not the one for her. Like he's being pulled in both directions, he knows it would be best for both of them to be apart, but he wants to be together so bad. Thats my take on it at least, although now I'm thinking that Sestar99 has a really good point.
    Abby14on April 15, 2008   Link

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