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Billy Idol: White Wedding Meaning

Song Released: 1982


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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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    anonymous
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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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    geckogirl63
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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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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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. :-)



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 8:44am report


    Billy Idol's little sister marrying a black man.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 13th, 7:05pm report


    This song is about heroin. Think about It!



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    anonymous
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    Feb 20th, 2018 2:07am report


    The song is obviously about a big brother shotgun protecting it's younger sister shotgun. It's like saying hay little sister shotgun. means he's talking about his little sister that is a shotgun. Probably a smaller shotgun with a pink handle. He says that he is her superman which obviously means he is going to get bloke shotgun that run off on her and bring him back.



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    anonymous
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    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..



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    anonymous
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    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..



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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2017 11:46am report


    I thought it was about abortion.



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    chrissieg
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    Oct 13th, 2017 10:14pm report


    First like most I thought it was about his siter Then I thought it was about the girl he loved getting marrid to someone else but he was saying lest start again begging to leave the bloke at the alter for him



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2017 8:22am report


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    anonymous
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    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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    anonymous
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    Dec 23rd, 2016 12:47am report


    "Little sister, what have you done?"well she has become a witch. Now, number two, Little Sister" has become a Neo Nazi.

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    anonymous
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    Dec 23rd, 2016 12:41am report


    My,my none of you get this song. Clueless! Perhaps it wasn't meant this way, either of the two interpretations, and this isn't MY take on the song. Number 1: Wicca uses this song as a new member becomes a witch...notice the witches digging a hole outside the church.Next,
    nails are pounded into the coffin to the beat of the song. Then, the wedding party from hell, then blood is drawn as he slides the ring on her finger.
    Number two is more Badass and who would want anything to do with white supremacy, not me, but they do claim this song. A "white wedding" yeah. "I've been away for so long" is *Hitler* talking. "It's a nice day to start again" means raising the spector of the Third Reich, again, AND everyone in the church raising their arms halfway to salute Hitler, *heil Hitler* didn't ANYONE catch that? and of course, destroying the church even though there are only white people in it... The bike, and the bike driving through the stained glass. Crystal clear.

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    anonymous
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    Dec 23rd, 2016 12:39am report


    My my none of you get this song. Clueless! Perhaps it wasn't meant this way, either of the two interpretations, and this isn't MY take on the song. Number 1: Wicca uses this song as a new member becomes a witch...notice the witches digging a hole outside the church.Next,
    nails are pounded into the coffin to the beat of the song. Then, the wedding party from hell, then blood is drawn as he slides the ring on her finger.
    Number two is more Badass and who would want anything to do with white supremacy, not me, but they do claim this song. A "white wedding" yeah. "I've been away for so long" is *Hitler* talking. "It's a nice day to start again" means raising the spector of the Third Reich, again, AND everyone in the church raising their arms halfway to salute Hitler, *heil Hitler* didn't ANYONE catch that? and of course, destroying the church even though there are only white people in it... The bike, and the bike driving through the stained glass. Crystal clear.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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