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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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    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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    anonymous
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    Feb 20th, 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.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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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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    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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