“Every Breath You Take” gets played at weddings, fergoshsakes, and it’s about as inappropriate a tune for such an occasion as can possibly be imagined: the lyrics practically scream “Stalker!” I see it as being more generally Orwellian, but then again, we’re supposed to love Big Brother, right?
And if it’s not the least-appropriate wedding song ever, how about …
My friend picked “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys 4 her wedding song. Why would u pick a song that starts “I may not always love you”?
I might worry that her friend might actually be thinking realistically instead of romantically; as the Boys noted two songs later on Pet Sounds, “Love is here today and it’s gone tomorrow / It’s here and gone so fast.”
But lyricist Tony Asher knew what he was doing with that opening line. It’s that old perception-versus-reality thing again: you might want to question my devotion at some point, but ultimately “I’ll make you so sure about it.” And really, have you ever seen a couple this side of Darby and Joan who didn’t occasionally have their differences? “The couples cling and claw and drown in love’s debris,” noted Carly Simon (and/or Jacob Brackman) several years later. But still they cling.
So “God Only Knows,” as the young folks used to say, tells it like it is. By all means, play the record. Everybody in the place will be singing along before the instrumental break anyway.