14 wedding readings from songs (from David Bowie to Metallica!) #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#readings#wedding songs April 18 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits David Bowie Brooch from from oolaladesign Related Post Dope love: 21 rap lyrics as wedding vows We love finding love quotes and vow inspiration in all kinds of places, and rap lyrics have no shortage of real talk, real love, real... Read more When it comes to wedding readings, sometimes the best sentiments come from the hands of musical wordsmiths. From David Bowie to Paul Simon and the Decemberists to Metallica, there's are wedding readings from songs for every music fan from any generation. Here are a few of our favorites… From "Different Kind Of Love Song" by Cher What if the world was crazy and I was sane Would it be so strange I can't believe that I am alone in saying The things I'm saying I am a part of you These are universal truths We're all part of the light that flows through everything This is a different kind of love song Dedicated to everyone Different kind of love song-oh, oh What if the world calmed down and we could all breath Together easily Connecting the sky and the ground with you and me And everything in between I am part of you We have living proof There is some kind of light that flows through everything This is a different kind of love song Dedicated to everyone Different kind of love song This is a different kind of love song A higher plane we can flow on Different kind of love song From "The Book of Love" by The Magnetic Fields From the album 69 Love Songs The book of love is long and boring No one can lift the damn thing It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing But I, I love it when you read to me And you, you can read me anything The book of love has music in it In fact that's where music comes from Some of it is just transcendental Some of it is just really dumb But I, I love it when you sing to me And you you can sing me anything The book of love is long and boring And written very long ago It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes And things we're all too young to know But I, I love it when you give me things And you, you ought to give me wedding rings I, I love it when you give me things And you, you ought to give me wedding rings From "Red Right Ankle" by The Decemberists this is the story of your red right ankle and how it came to meet your leg and how the muscle bone and sinews tangled and how the skin was softly shaped and how it whispered 'oh, adhere to me for we are bound by symmetry and whatever differences our lives have been we together make a limb' this is the story of your red right ankle From "Take All the Sky You Need" by Ellis Paul You turn a blue eye to me and you look right through me You said define what you think freedom means… if you want freedom We can wake up this lullaby town Burn through every red light we found Lift a dust cloud Break the speed of sound… you could break free If you want to run I'll pack my suitcase If you want to stay I'll make a front door key And if you need space… to fly… free Take all the sky you need I stand on the rooftops; I look down on my story And it swallows me Beyond the horizon, the taillights, the glories, Will you follow me? I need to know who I am I'm like a moth in your hand do I fly or stand? Or fall on my knees? If you want to run I'll pack my suitcase If you want to stay I'll make a front door key And if you need space… to fly… free Take all the sky you need From "Kathy's Song" by Paul Simon I hear the drizzle of the rain Like a memory it falls Soft and warm continuing Tapping on my roof and walls. And from the shelter of my mind Through the window of my eyes I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets To England where my heart lies. My mind's distracted and diffused My thoughts are many miles away They lie with you when you're asleep And kiss you when you start your day. And a song I was writing is left undone I don't know why I spend my time Writing songs I can't believe With words that tear and strain to rhyme. And so you see I have come to doubt All that I once held as true I stand alone without beliefs The only truth I know is you. And as I watch the drops of rain Weave their weary paths and die I know that I am like the rain There but for the grace of you go I From "Fool for You" by John Butler Trio So I stepped up to the plate to a place I thought I'd never be So I'm thanking you today because of you I am now me Cold days them dark and blue when ran was our only friend For all that we've been through and will go through again For that I say, I will come and I will stand and I will live my life beside you I'm a proud, a proud man, but all the same I'm I'm just a fool, I'm a fool for you I'm a fool, I'm a fool for you From "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin If the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you When mountains crumble to the sea There would still be you and me Kind woman, I give you my all Kind woman, nothing more Little drops of rain Whisper of the pain Tears of loves lost in the days gone by Our love is strong With you there is no wrong Together we shall go until we die. My, my, my Inspiration's what you are to me Inspiration, look and see And so today, my world it smiles Your hand in mine, we walk the miles Thanks to you it will be done For you to me are the only one Happiness, no more be sad Happiness…. I’m glad From "Dance Me To The End Of Love" by Leonard Cohen Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon Show me slowly what I only know the limits of Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the children who are asking to be born Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn Dance me to the end of love Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove Dance me to the end of love From "God Only Knows" The Beach Boys I may not always love you But long as there are stars above you You never need to doubt it I'll make you so sure about it God only knows what I'd be without you If you should ever leave me Though life would still go on believe me The world could show nothing to me So what good would living do me God only knows what I'd be without you From "Be My Wife" by David Bowie Sometimes you get so lonely Sometimes you get nowhere I've lived all over the world I've left every place Please be mine Share my life Stay with me Be my wife From "Tangled Up in You" by Staind You're my world The shelter from the rain You're the pills That take away my pain You're the light That helps me find my way You're the words When I have nothing to say And in this world Where nothing else is true Here I am Still tangled up in you I'm still tangled up in you Still tangled up in you From "Better Together" by Jack Johnson There's no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard No song that I could sing But I can try for your heart Our dreams, And they are made out of real things Like a shoebox of photographs With sepia-toned loving Love is the answer. At least for most of the questions in my heart. Like: "Why are we here?", "And where do we go?", "And how come it's so hard?". It's not always easy, And sometimes life can be deceiving I'll tell you one thing: It's always better when we're together From "Strange and Beautiful" by Aqualung When looking for song lyrics for wedding readings, Aqualung’s this song's lyrics are moving and perfectly describe the first love smitten feelings you feel for someone. It’s a beautiful song if you have a hidden love for your spouse-to-be at first. I've been watching your world from afar I've been trying to be where you are And I've been secretly falling apart Unseen To me, you're strange and you're beautiful You'd be so perfect with me But you just can't see You turn every head but you don't see me I'll put a spell on you You'll fall asleep When I put a spell on you And when I wake you I'll be the first thing you see And you'll realize that you love me From "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica So close, no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek and I find in you Every day for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters Awesome wedding readings for bad-ass couples "I've started my search for some offbeat readings for my wedding in October... have you compiled a list anywhere of readings from modern literature, songs, etc that are a little… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Four weddings and a national park: these two ladies had the first of four(!) weddings NEXT 5 reasons to have your wedding at a drive-in movie theater Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] I love this idea! The only thing I'd say is maybe look up the original song meaning so you're not accidentally saying 'I hate you' instead of 'I love you'. Like that Police song 'Every Breath You Take' the band get weirded out hearing of it being a wedding song when it's about a stalker. Reply Love this. I've always said wedding ceremony readings can come from many different sources, including poetry and song lyrics. Thanks for sharing these wonderful examples. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.