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Monday, September 24, 2007

start again.

I thought that finding something appropriate to read at the wedding of two close friends would be a doddle.

Apparently not.

I wanted to avoid slush at all costs, but actually finding something appropriate is devilishly hard. For once, this is an area where the internet is of no bloody use at all, suggesting that you go for some drippy poetry or a reading from Captain Correlli. Fine, but not what I was looking for.

I was convinced that Nick Hornby would come up trumps, but it turns out that "Fever Pitch" really is mainly about football (and Arsenal at that) and that "High Fidelity" -- great book though it is -- is distinctly double-edged in most of its key passages, and probably a bit too close to the bone to be read out at a wedding ceremony....

A bit of the last chapter of "Ulysses"? No. Some Robert Frost? No. Something by Shakespeare? e e cummings? D.H. Lawrence? John bloody Hegley? No, no, no.


And then I thought about this:


I hope all my days
Will be lit by your face
I hope all the years
Will hold tight our promises

I don't wanna be old and sleep alone
An empty house is not a home
I don't wanna be old and feel afraid

I don't wanna be old and sleep alone
An empty house is not a home
I don't wanna be old and feel afraid

And if I need anything at all

I need a place
That's hidden in the deep
Where lonely angels sing you to your sleep
Though all the world is broken

I need a place
Where I can make my bed
A lover's lap where I can lay my head
Cos now the room is spinning
The day's beginning


It felt right, and I hope they liked it.

I wish them happiness with all of my heart.



  • At 7:52 pm, Blogger Mark said…

    you did well

  • At 8:04 pm, Blogger Cat said…

    Lovely, although it has suspiciously Keane-like undertones...

  • At 11:11 pm, Blogger ian said…

    Is that a Burberry tie?!

  • At 6:04 am, Blogger Stef said…

    I had to Google the source material but yes, good call!

  • At 6:39 am, Blogger Aravis said…

    Well done! And thanks for the photo of the happy new family! :0)

  • At 9:37 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I had to google it too.... I bet LB loved it!

  • At 3:07 pm, Blogger suburbanhen said…

    LB did love it, and so did I ;)

    proper thank you's will be forthcoming.

  • At 3:08 pm, Blogger suburbanhen said…

    Did I put the ' in the right place then? Prolly not? Meh.

  • At 3:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oooh, yay. I've been waiting to see a photo.

    As for your reading, a perfect choice, imo.

  • At 4:46 pm, Blogger LB said…

    I did a wedding reading for a good friend of mine a couple of months ago from "Captain Corelli". He and I both really liked it....

    *is hurt*

  • At 5:05 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    I'll let you in on a secret: I had a copy of that passage from Captain Correlli printed out and ready to go.... JUST IN CASE.

    No sneering here chief!


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