Post # 1
Hi everyone! I have over nine months to go until the big day, so there is plenty of time to sort out this issue – which is kind of a weird one – but I just wanted people’s opinions. My FI isn’t sure what he thinks, so I turned to you guys!
Growing up, my family and I listened to all sorts of music that my dad introduced us to. One of our very favorite songs to sing was “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest. My brother and sister and I loved that song and would scream it at the top of our lungs. I thought it would be so fun to dance with my dad to that song at the wedding, as it has always been one of our favorites, it’s a classic, and it’s a really upbeat non-typical song.
That being said, the first line of the song has been sung by people as one of two ways – “we get it almost every night…” or “we get it on most every night…” Therein lies my problem! We always sang it as “we get it almost every night” and so I never realized the actual first line while I was growing up – the actual lyrics are “we get it on most every night.” Needless to say, that’s clearly not something I want in a father-daughter song.
We are probably having a band, so I was thinking about asking them to sing “we get it almost every night” instead of the correct lyrics, but I’m afraid that people still might be weirded out by it. This stems from people possibly knowing the actual first line, as well as people incorrectly thinking that the whole song is about sex (even though there have been versions in Disney movies, etc.). I’m a little worried about what to do – the song is awesome and has always been a family favorite, but at the same time I don’t want people to be weirded out. Do we ask the band to change it, or just nix the song altogether? I’m definitely not leaving it with the original lyrics. Please help and answer my poll!
Post # 3
I’m listening to the song right now and I think it’s a GREAT choice. Love it!!
Post # 4
Coming from someone that sings in a band that plays at weddings, do it. If you love the song, and it means something to you and your family, no one will notice if the word “on” is missing. We change lyrics all of the time to take out innapropriate language and cussing. It’s not a big deal, and no one will notice. It’s a great song!
Post # 5
I was going to tell you that you’re going to have more problems with the “Everybody’s feeling a woman right” part, but apparently that’s not actually what they’re saying. So no, I doubt everyone is giong to know what the correct words are 😀 If it’s a special song to you, I say go for it. It’s a lot better than Brown Eyed Girl, which is EGREGIOUSLY sexual but lots of people use that anyway.
Post # 6
LOVE IT. Change it. No one would know or think differently unless they were a major fan of the band or song.
Post # 7
You can change the lyrics..but if people know the song they will probably know the real lyrics anyways (even I knew the real lyrics)… Idk, that’s a tough one. I would probably pick a new song.
Post # 8
Thanks to all of you for your comments! It definitely makes me feel sooo much better about choosing this song. I’m sure I’ll waver back and forth a bit more, but I feel a lot better about the pick
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I think you’re over thinking this– I’d have the band make the change and not worry about it. If it were a line in the corus or something that was repeated often maybe people would notice– but honestly, most guests wont be paying attention, and those that do wont care that much.
You could also include a blurb in the program about how special the song is because it’s from your childhood and reminds you of the musical experiences your father shared with you and your siblings.
Post # 10
@juliette.eliza: I’m definitely overthinking it, aren’t I? I guess this is my first real case of bride brain – I definitely don’t analyze other people’s song picks like this thanks for your comments and suggestions!
Post # 11
I remember that song. And I guess I was young and innocent when I first heard it and never interpreted “we get it on most every night” as anything sexual. I always thought they were getting their dance on! And if you tweak the lyrics just a bit like you suggested, it will be fine. It is a song that means something to you and your dad and that’s what matters.
@EffieTrinket: I was SO thinking at least it’s not BROWN-EYED GIRL!
Post # 12
@Neva: We will definitely be getting our dance on, hahah.