Finding poly-friendly wedding songs (that AREN'T about forsaking all others) #Reception Advice#music#playlist#polyamory Posted Jun 7 2018 Guest post by Arielle Greenberg Open positions for love AND dancing!Open position shirt from Restricted Wearz Related Post We're planning two weddings: family-friendly AND kink-friendly One of things my fiancé and I most cherish about our relationship is that we lead the kind of double-life worthy of one of the... Read more The conversation started because of Captain & Tennille. When their cheesy '70s classic, “Love Will Keep Us Together” came on satellite radio while we were on a road trip, my fiancé and I discovered that we both adore it — without irony, I might add. We genuinely love it. And with an exuberant refrain of “I will! I will! I will!,” wouldn’t it make a great addition to the playlist we’re creating for our microwedding? So we listened carefully to the lyrics and instantly realized we can’t use it. My fiancé and I practice ethical non-monogamy. We prefer this term to polyamory, but sure, you can call us poly if you want to. And since we love '70s culture, we don’t mind the term swingers either. But ethical non-monogamy seems to best encapsulate what we do and how we do it. From the start, we were both interested in forging a strong bond that welcomed in, rather than excluded, interest in other partners. Our non-monogamy — and other non-normative aspects of our erotic life — are actually at the very center of our relationship. These are values we celebrate, discuss constantly, and which drew much of the community and friends we have around us. We want to make sure that the values we hold dear through our non-monogamy, including openness, honesty, adventurousness and evolving, are expressed in everything we do at our (two separate) weddings, even if we never use the actual term. This led to a discussion of how many songs are out there are about “forsaking all others,” something we definitely are not including in our vows. So when we heard that the lyrics to “Love Will Keep Us Together” and realized that they warn a partner to “stop” being interested in a “sweet-talking girl” and implore him to “be strong” rather than pursue this crush, we sadly decided that we can’t put it on our list. It is not a song that represents how we feel about such situations. I want my partner to hang out with that sweet-talking girl, tell me about her, and maybe we can both date her! Related Post A poly-friendly and non-possessive ceremony script (with three rings!) If you are looking to shed some of the possessive wording that usually comes with standard marriage ceremonies, this poly-friendly and non-possessive ceremony script will... Read more This led to a discussion of how many songs are out there are about “forsaking all others,” something we definitely are not including in our vows. It’s a common theme in popular songs: now that I’m with you, I promise not to look at anyone else, think about anyone else, etc. Were we going to be able to find songs that don’t talk the monogamous talk for our wedding playlist? There are some great songs about being slutty, of course: the Led Zeppelin catalog is full of them, and we are particularly fond of the “street corner girl” who likes to “ball all day” crooned about in “Hey Hey What Can I Do?,” but ultimately the narrator leaves her because he’s “got a worried mind.” So that won’t work. Nor will all the songs about rambling or wandering or stepping out, since they’re not exactly about the kind of healthy processing and communication done in ethical non-monogamy. In her song “The Weekend,” SZA sings about how “my man is your man / this her man, too,” but it’s not clear how much these other women are okay with that. “Me and Mrs. Jones” is a soulful, gorgeous, sensitive '70s song about non-monogamy, but it’s definitely not of the ethical variety. (We may play it anyway.) Related Post The HUGE list of instrumental songs for your movie theme wedding playlist Cinephiles, movie-lovers, movie wedding theme-havers, this wedding playlist is all about you. We're talking movie-themed ceremony songs and movie-themed cocktail and dinner songs that are... Read more I posted on a Poly group I’m in on Facebook to ask if others had ideas. There were plenty of suggestions for songs that specifically talk about non-monogamy, some ethical, some not so much. There are even Spotify playlists (search for “Polyamory” by Merlin-themage for a pretty comprehensive one). But with a few exceptions — mostly pop songs about threesomes, and, notably, the song “Triad” by the Jefferson Airplane — most of them are of the novelty and/or pagan folkie variety (lots by a band called Gaia Consort). And that’s great, but that’s not really our jam. We want to find songs we already know and love that just happen to espouse an open message. And that’s not been easy to find. In the end, we are mostly going with songs we love that talk about love and affection but simply don’t focus on the forsaking all others part. We also have plenty of songs that are special to us but don’t have lyrics that mean anything in particular. (Have you ever looked up the lyrics to “The Ghost in You” by the Psychedelic Furs? Man, we love that song, but the lyrics are incoherent nonsense.) And even though we don’t only have eyes for each other and celebrate that reality, we may still use “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos, just because it’s so damn beautiful. If you know of great popular love songs — from the 1940s to today, funk, rock, disco, alternative, whatever — that just happen to also have lyrics in which the lovers aren’t all about forgetting anyone else exists, please share them in the comments! 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 Guest post written by Arielle Greenberg Arielle Greenberg writes and teaches poetry and creative nonfiction, and loves to talk and think about feminist sexual pleasure whenever possible. http://www.ariellegreenberg.net PREVIOUS The artwork at this multicultural League of Legends wedding will blow your mind NEXT Motorcycles, leather, & romance at this rock 'n' roll Savannah wedding Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] It's a little less poly and a little more swinger/swap, but I'm always delighted by The Strut's "The Ol' Switcheroo" whenever I hear it. It's so cheeky, and it took me a couple passive listens until I realized what it was about. Reply Oooh, I'll check it out, thanks! Reply Oh my gosh! Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae would work SO well for this. Also it'll get all your guests on the dance floor. Other songs: Show Me by Kristin Kontrol I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen Just Like Heaven, the Cure This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by the Talking Heads Reply “Make Me Feel” is actually TOTALLY on our playlist. I love that song (and video!) so much! Thanks! Reply This is a country song. Second Favorite Man by Tight Pajamas. It's about a man who is part of a V with a woman and her boyfriend. It's a great explanation of a V where the end partners just do things with the pivot, but get along well. Reply “The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland” – Portlandia Soundtrack Reply Thanks for posting; I found this questions endlessly entertaining. Wannabe (Spice Girls) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper) Sorry Not Sorry (Demi Lovato) I kissed a Girl (Jill Sobule) Red Light Special (TLC) Poison (Bell Biv DeVoe) Boogie Oogie Oogie (A Taste Of Honey) The Cup of Life (Ricky Martin) All Night Long (Lionel Richie) Wanna Be Starting Something (Michael Jackson) Also, check out Hayley Kiyoko's new album. Good luck! Reply Some good love songs that skip the "forsaking all others" bit: The One Moment (OK Go) You're My Home (Billy Joel) The Book of Love (Peter Gabriel) Light Me Up (Ingrid Michaelson) Ice Cream (Sarah McLachlan) A Better Place (Rachel Platten) Reply Unfortunately, no songs come immediately to mind. I do have a suggestion though: If you love a song, but the lyrics don't work with your vision, why not play the acoustic version of the song at your wedding? Reply This may or may not be applicable but could be worth a look. New modern love by a band called Halestorm. Reply I’m late to the party on this conversation, but this was important to me when choosing a wedding song. We ended up going with “No Matter What” by Papa Roach. It does have a small “you’re the one” phrase, but it can be interpreted in many ways. No where in the song does it say it’s me and you and that’s it and final. It’s more about being there for each other no matter what. I’m now looking for ideas for a commitment ceremony to my other partner. Hopefully we’ll find a song just as meaningful that doesn’t exclude my loving husband. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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. 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