Ben Sands

Ben Sands

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Folk - Contemporary | Newry, Ireland
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Member Since: 2003
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Song Description

Some specific and general advice to a groom on the ocasion of his wedding day

Story Behind the Song

Written for my son's wedding as part of my wedding speech




Here's to long, happy days, and many tomorrows
and may any sorrows bring you no alarm
You set out today on the trip of a lifetime
May God speed your journey and keep you from harm
and bring you wee childer to keep your hearts warm

Well the day's come at last, the courtship is over
your guests are assembled, there's no turning back
The preacher's aglow with power vested in him
the best man's hung-over, a physical wreck
He's checking his pockets the twenty and third time
to make sure the ring isn't far from his hand
There's a rustle of footsteps outside in the hallway
The organ strikes up, the people all stand

Oh, that's what they mean about facing the music
Turn round and behold as they come through the door
Your bride and her father come floating on moonbeams
Oh japers the bestman's collapsed on the floor
There?s words and there's blessings and promises given
the bestman recovers with seconds to spare
the rings are exchanged and the vows that go with them
The names in the book and the rice in the hair


Well then there'll be photos and flashing and smiling
your lips become seized in a permanent grin
your teeth won't have witnessed such examination
make sure that they're clean and make sure that they're in
Then it's off to the feastin? and jollifications
There?s handshakes, kisses and hugs by the score
The bestman is trated, his stagefright abated
he has the whole place in a mighty uproar

But go easy yourself on the juice of the barley
You have to make sure that your head doesn?t droop
the mother-in-law will think much more of you
if you keep your elbows out of her soup
Messages come in from every quarter
a speech from the bestman if still on his feet
Some words from yourself, some clinking of glasses
Then up for the dancin' ? now don?t miss a beat

What comes after that is none of my business
I'm sure your wee woman will treat you alright
So I'll wish you good health and long days together
Now away up the stairs - good luck and good night


Song Length
Folk - Contemporary, Folk - General
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Jovial, Welcoming

Subject Matter
Fun, Marriage


Lyric Credits Ben Sands
Music Credits Ben Sands
Producer Credits Johnny Scott
Publisher Credits Ben Sands
Performance Credits Ben Sands, Johnny Scott, Brendan Monaghan, Rod Patterson, Frank Gallagher, Graham Henderson
Label Credits Spring Records