This week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday is ‘Old, New, Borrowed, Blue’. I found the perfect song which completely fit the profile: Marry Me by No Doubt.

I’ve enjoyed music by No Doubt for a long time. Of course, I know their biggest hit, ‘Don’t Speak,’ but I especially appreciate their unique sound. The same goes for the lead singer Gwen Stefani who has produced a lot of original music. I love how they don’t follow trends especially, but keep their own sound and choice of subjects.

The lyrics of ‘Marry Me’ deal with the uncertainties people have over getting married nowadays. Is it even necessary? Will I lose my identity? Am I willing to do this to show my love to the world for this one person?

My marriage was non-traditional and more like a business agreement, a necessary chore that needed to be dealt with. So it was just the two of us, and I didn’t have any ‘Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.’ But I do love my husband, and it doesn’t make my marriage any less valid. I like reading lyrics that discuss the same doubts I had.

Marry Me – No Doubt

I can’t help that I like to be kissed
And I wouldn’t mind if my name changed to Mrs.
This is one side, my conventional side
An attraction to tradition
My vintage disposition
My sincere architecture
And I want to cook him dinner
But I’m more indecisive then ever
And who believes in forever?

Who will be the one to marry me?

A girl in the world barking up the wrong tree
A creature conditioned to enjoy matrimony
Crumbling continuity, I pick up the pieces
The ceremony makes me zealous
As the past quickly ceases
Fear from being neutered
I’m now prude, now defensive
Quickly I’m altered and tempted by new love only rented

Do you believe you’ll marry me?
You might be the one to marry me

Back, looking back, looking back at me (back)
(I’m not how I used to be) I’m not how I used to be
Take me back, take me back into history (take me back)
Diamond ring, tie me down, just like it used to be (tie me down, how it used to be)

Tie me down how it used to be (ooh)
Not how I used to be
I’m not how I used to be

Who will be the one to marry me?
Who will be the one to marry me?

I’m Not how I used to be
I’m not how I used to be

Looking back, looking back at me (not how I used to be)
I’m not how I used to be (I’m not how I used to be)
Take me back, back into history (take me back)
Diamond ring, tie me down just like it used to be

Marry me
Marry me
Forever and ever and ever and ever

Happily ever after
Happily ever after
Happily ever after
Happily ever after

Something old, something new (resented)
Something borrowed, something blue
(Rented, apprehensive)

Here comes the bride (you meant it)
All dressed in white (you hinted)
Here comes the bride (did you mean it)
All dressed in white
Something old, something blue (pretty when I’m faithful)
Something borrowed, something blue

It’s pretty when I’m faithful
Mm, and ever, ever, ever, ever (and share a heart)
Forever and ever
Forever and ever
Forever and ever and ever and ever (we’ll share a heart)
Happily ever after

Happily ever after
Happily ever after (happily ever after)
You and me
You and me (happily ever after)
Probably

Written by: Gwen Renee Stefani, Tony Ashwin Kanal
Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind


Song Lyrics Sunday is a prompt by Jim Adams, other entries can be found here: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/06/05/june-brides/

5 Comments

  1. Wonderful choice as I love No Doubt’s music! I love the band’s music as they have some interesting songs! What is your favorite album? I love Tragic Kingdom.

    aisasami

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