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 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Jul 31st, 2012 7:21pm report
When I was little I always thought he was being racist like no black people at his wedding
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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"...
anonymous 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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