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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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    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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    Dec 23rd, 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, 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, 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.



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    anonymous
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    May 23rd, 2016 5:15pm report


    The song is about getting back to cocaine after a while :)



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 2016 3:59pm report


    Horrible for anyone to chose this as their wedding song and act it out.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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    lotusu
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    Jun 10th, 2012 6:38pm report


    Incest. End of story.



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    anonymous
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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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    anonymous
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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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