Friday Five: Wedding Bell Blues

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 11th, 2012

Love has been in the air recently among the world of country music. Jake Owen recently said “I do.” Carter’s Chord member Becky Robertson just got married last weekend. Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood got married just a couple weeks back, Lee Brice got engaged, and LeAnn Rimes renewed her vows on her first anniversary. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, that either gives you the warm and fuzzies or gives you a funny little taste in the back of your throat. Today, we’ll drop the needle on the B-side of that record and celebrate a few of those many, many songs that don’t end in happily ever after.

5. Patsy Cline – “I Cried All the Way to the Altar”

You couldn’t have thought that the queen of classic country heartache was going to sing a song of wedded bliss, did you?

 

4. Waylon Jennings – “I’m Gonna Marry Polly Ann”

The outlaw known as Waylon Jennings that says he’s going to rescue Polly Ann, a woman who has been accused of killing a man.Jennings’ protagonist does the same when a man comes and tries to steal away his future bride.

 

3. Marty Robbins – “Just Married”

Written and recorded back in 1958, this little rockabilly number laments the fact that the singer is on the outside looking in, watching the love of his life marry someone else.

 

2. Gram Parsons – “$1000 Wedding”

“Supposed to be a funeral/ It’s been a bad, bad day” really says it all. As sad as Gram Parson’s own life story was, a tragic singer singing a tragic song doubles up on the pain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTyhcRtt1WY

 

1. Wanda Jackson – “No Wedding Bells for Joe”

“She broke his heart with a piece of paper/She changed her mind/She said she had the right.” Wanda rocks.

 

 

  1. bob
    May 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

    How about a Faith Hill song, “Dearly Beloved”? Written by Georgia Middleman and Fred Wilhelm, it begins:
    “Good morning, dearly beloved
    We are gathered here today
    To watch two people we know make a big mistake”.

  2. Andrew
    May 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    “I Meant Every Word He Said” by Ricky Van Shelton is another good one, as well as Carrie Underwood’s “Just A Dream”.

  3. luckyoldsun
    May 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    What about “Friends In Low Places” by GB?

    That’s really the song that launched him!

  4. Jon
    May 11, 2012 at 11:57 am
  5. Rick
    May 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    The Ashley Monroe / Pistol Annie’s song “Beige” doesn’t make the future of that marriage sound all that promising.

    I love that Marty Robbins song “Just Married”! Its nice to see that old gem mentioned anywhere these days.

    My favorite wedding song is Hank Penny’s “White Shotguns”, although Tennessee Ernie Ford is headed to the altar in “Shotgun Boogie” once his bride to be’s Pappy’s runs out of shells! Seems like hillbillies and shotgun weddings just go hand in hand! (lol)

  6. Paul W Dennis
    May 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    “Wedding Bells” by Hank Williams (British readers may remember it by Mikki & Griff)

  7. Rick
    May 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    On the bluegrass side I just remembered the classic wedding bell blues weeper “I Cried Again”. This song has been recorded numerous times but I like the Jim and Jesse McReynolds version the best!

    Someone took this old classic and changed the lyrics to make it a humorous drinking song titled “Here I Am I’m Drunk Again”, which is on a Moe Bandy live album. Maybe this is the follow up to what happens after the reception…

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