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 Sep 2nd, 2015 9:03pm report
As stated in an interview on VH1's "Storytellers", Billy specifically states that the song is NOT about his little sister like everyone believes. "Little Sister" in England, is slang for girlfriend, similar to "Bae".
He continued to say the song is about a guy seeing a girl he was once in a relationship with marry someone else. He's still deeply in love with her, but she's not. Additionally she's pregnant by the guy she's about to marry.
He later went on to say his sister getting married gave him the inspiration to the song, but reiterated that it is not specifically about her. Only that his little sister gave him inspiration.
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 Apr 18th, 4:35pm report
I was at the wedding of his little sister that actually became pregnant to a friend of mine from Kent University, England.Join the dots.
anonymous Jan 15th, 2020 1:47pm report
This song has perhaps two meanings but the strongest meaning is about heroin. A white wedding in junky circles is when a addict who has been straight for a while falls of the wagon and does another poke. Little sister is slang for morhine.(sister morphine...stones.the line who is the only one is reference to the fact that for a needle addict herion is the only thing that matters period.the line it's a nice day to start again is self explanatory.ps Billy idol just happens to be an addict...hmmm
anonymous Aug 18th, 2019 8:40pm report
Probably a girl he loved who cheated, got pregnant, and decided to get married because of this. He’s responding with extreme passive aggressiveness/sarcasm in an angry way.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2018 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, 2018 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 Jul 13th, 2018 7:05pm report
This song is about heroin. Think about It!
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