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Billy Idol: White Wedding Meaning

Song Released: 1982

White Wedding Lyrics

Hey little sister what have you done
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...


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    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.


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    Dec 25th, 2008 12:14pm report

    Billy Idol said in an interview this was about his little sister getting pregnant and the betrayal he felt that all innocence in his life was gone.


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    Sep 2nd, 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.


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    May 10th, 2015 5:43am report

    I believe that this song is about his sister as well. However I think that he is upset that his sister is marrying the bastard that knocked her up and he is a horrible man that beats etc. So then when Billy Idol asks his sister who her superman is, it is him who saves her from her husband who is hurting her therefore there is a double meaning for the use of shotgun in the song. So there is the shotgun wedding in the traditional sense and the shotgun of the brother coming to rescue her from her abusive husband. So when he is saying that its a nice day to start again, she doesn't have to worry about her "husband" anymore because Billy took care of him with a shotgun. Then he mentions that he has been gone for so long he has been in prison serving time for killing the husband and when he gets out his sister is back on the same path yet again.


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    Dec 14th, 2014 12:21pm report

    Drugs, sex, rock and roll-doesn't that say it all. Billy Idol wanted to be controversial, and he was. Some things never change--and being bad seems cool even more so today.

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    May 31st, 2014 5:22pm report

    When you watch the video, you see then throughout the video making hail Hitler signs. I think because of that " White Wedding " is a reference to white people uniting, no matter what the propaganda might lead you to believe.

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    Nov 19th, 2012 11:26pm report

    Haha you guys are disgusting. I love how corrupted all of you are. First thing you think of is incest. NO! Morons. It is about his little sister getting pregnant before getting married. Which was not as common as it is these days....It was looked down upon. Hence the remark of purity being gone.


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    Jul 31st, 2012 7:21pm report

    When I was little I always thought he was being racist like no black people at his wedding


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    Jun 22nd, 2012 6:39am report

    I heard an interview with Billy, years ago & he said his sister had just got married because she was pregnant, he wasnt against the marriage because they'd been together a while and in the news the same time was a story about a couple in the US with several kids & the outrage because it turned out they were brother & sister & the 2 things got entwined in his head & white wedding was the result. Perhaps the book his writing will clear up the true meaning behind the song.


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    Jun 10th, 2012 6:38pm report

    Incest. End of story.

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    Apr 11th, 2012 4:26pm report

    He's saying don't do anything out of obligation because the reason you might feel 'obligated' in the first place may not really be your fault, don't dwell on any mistakes you've made in the past,again'cos the reasons for those mistakes may not be your fault, but find something or someone in life that motivates/inspires you.

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    Dec 22nd, 2011 12:16pm report

    After hearing the song for many many times, I think it's about a new beginning.
    When everything fails (there is nothing ... in this world), you start again.
    In VH1 Storytellers, Billy Idol ends the introduction saying: "so you better look for something left in this world"...


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    Nov 30th, 2011 11:36pm report

    Do all of you realize your own various interpretations expose your own thoughts - Conscious or Subconscious? It's based on how you relate to the lyrics. I'd bet the most of you who have interpreted as being drug related, have some sort of history with drugs. I don't think I've got to elaborate upon how twisted some other interpretations are... Incest? Is that what's really in your mind?
    I think most those who've replied to this, are really just so caught up in Idols image that they can't imagine his lyrics would have any meaning that doesn't fit in with his sick, twisted, badass reputation.
    I must hold to the traditional belief that in this song, he is being quite straitforward. His little sister got pregnant, and had to marry the father. He wasn't around as much as he would have liked, and now finds blame in himself.
    I can say, I know exactly how that feels.
    Just heard the news last night.
    Now excuse me while I go get my shotgun.


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    Nov 28th, 2011 11:08am report

    I was told this song is about his sister killing her self with a shotgun. When he says white wedding he means go live your life as in not a funeral. When he says I haven't been there so long it meaning was she got lonely and her life was going bad and he wasn't able to go save her from killing herself. It makes sense because he starts talking about how there's nothing pure in this world and all that yes it does make the song twisted but none the less its a great song. This is my view for this song not drugs or marriage.

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    Oct 18th, 2011 10:11am report

    i knew billy during the 80's and he "shot-gunned" a lot of drugs back then. timothy leary introduced us at the troubador in hollywood, and he could barely talk he was so high.

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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:37am report

    The song is about Billy Idols sister and guys starting to notice her and he is warning her of their alterior motives. About the things they will say and do to get in her pants.

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    Mar 27th, 2011 3:22am report

    I see it completely differently. To me, it's about humanity screwing up this world so bad that the only way to fix it would be to "start again". So much of it seems to be metaphorical, and the goes waaaay beyond subjects like a messed up sister or cocaine addiction.

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