I’ll admit it — I was very on the fence about including this song. It’s always struck me as somewhat mushy and it so clearly is “the wedding song”. It seemed a bit trite to add it to my list, especially in the year when I got married.
But then I listened to it again and thought about it and realized that there’s a reason it’s so many couples’ wedding song: It’s a great song for a marriage — and not just because of his “vision of a girl in white” whose veil inspires trembling fingers. It’s just so thoroughly earnest about the deep abiding love that the singer expresses. Annie didn’t even have a veil but I definitely had the trembling. It wasn’t nerves, exactly. It was more like I was bottling up the vast energy of all the years to come, the untold sweep of love and all the potential paths we’re going to walk together, all the limitless worlds stretching out from that day.
OK, so it’s mushy. But I guess I am too, in this case.
And maybe what really catches me is what comes after:
When the years have done irreparable harm
I can see us walking slowly arm in arm
Just like the couple on the corner do
‘Cause girl I will always be in love with you
And when I look in your eyes
I’ll still see that spark
Until the shadows fall
Until the room grows dark
Then when I leave this Earth
I’ll be with the angels standin’
I’ll be out there waiting for my true companion
I generally don’t like to quote at length but that just about sums it up, doesn’t it? That‘s what I’m looking forward; that’s what I’ve been seeking and I’ve been so blessed to find.