Billy Idol: White Wedding Meaning
Song Released: 1982
White Wedding Lyrics
Hey little sister who's the only one
Hey little sister who's your superman
Hey little sister who's the one you want
Hey little sister shot gun!
It's a nice day to start again
It's a nice day for a...
anonymous Dec 8th, 2006 12:24pm report
Someone requested this song, so here goes.
Billy Idol is singing about a girl ("hey little sister"), and when I heard this song it seemed kind of menacing the first time, like he's sort of threatening her. He asks her what she has done, who her man is, etc. Then he says "Shot gun!" This is, in the context of the song, a reference to a "shotgun wedding", which means that the girl in the song apparently got pregnant as a result of her relationship with this guy and now they have to get married. He then sings, "It's a nice day to start again... It's a nice day for a white wedding" with a particular sneering, almost venonmous emphasis on "white wedding". A white wedding is where the bride is still a virgin. This bride apparently isn't really, and that's why he's mocking her.
Then he sings "Take me back home/ There is nothin' fair in this world/ There is nothin' safe in this world/ And there's nothing sure in this world/ And there's nothin' pure in this world". This leads me to the conclusion that he loved this girl, but while he was gone she found another man and now she's marrying him cause she's pregnant with his baby.
anonymous Nov 30th, 11:19pm report
The tribulation? The wedding in heaven and the beginning of the new earth.... Start again!! ????
anonymous Oct 19th, 10:10am report
So many people are way off. Yes his sister was getting married and yes she was pregnant. There was no problem with who she was marrying, etc. It simply gave him the idea for the song, and his mind ran away with the rest. It kind of refers to an incestuious type brother who went out on the road for a while and came back to this, his little sister being knocked up and no longer pure while he was away, but it’s only partially based off his real life and the rest just became a song. Watch his explanation of the song on VH1’s Storytellers. It’s the 4th song in with the story of the song being told first.
anonymous Sep 5th, 9:48pm report
I like my personal interpretation the best.
Basically it’s about a guy that went away to college, or in military or some positive reason, the relationship becomes long distance). His girlfriend was younger than him and couldn’t join him. They both love each other very much but she’s lonely and horny and hasn’t heard from him and assumed he has broken up with her or is ghosting her (he got busy and not good habits of writing, and back then long distance calling was too expensive) she is grieving and becomes promiscuous in his absence and accidentally ends up pregnant. Assumes he wouldn’t want her. He comes back, discovers her pregnant and loves her so much and surprises her with forgiveness and acceptance and a sense of humor (he too wasn’t perfectly chaste in waiting to comeback) so he understands. He surprises her with a marriage purposeful and they start a new life together. :-)
anonymous Aug 5th, 8:44am report
Billy Idol's little sister marrying a black man.
anonymous Jul 13th, 2018 7:05pm report
This song is about heroin. Think about It!
anonymous Dec 18th, 2017 12:52am report
Shotgun is when a girl hits you in the ass with dildos while yanking your.rod..like a shotgun..you have to be in the know..like swinging hammer in Alabama in chili peppers song is about a boy in drag..
anonymous Dec 18th, 2017 12:50am report
Shotgun is when a girl hits you in the ass with silos while yanking your.rod..like a shotgun..you have to be in the know..like swinging hammer in Alabama in chili peppers song is about a boy in drag..
anonymous Nov 20th, 2017 11:46am report
I thought it was about abortion.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2017 8:51pm report
I think it could be about the rapture of the church age and his people are the bride at the wedding. Whos your super man is Jesus. When theres nothing left in this world, start again.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2017 8:22am report
anonymous Aug 2nd, 2017 8:13pm report
The way I always interpreted it was that the girl (possibly his sister) was marrying a black guy and he didn't like it because he is a racist. He kept threatening the non-white guy by saying "nothing is safe in this world" and told the girl to marry a white guy stressing the words "WHITE wedding" multiple times during the song.
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