Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Marry Me

MarryMe.oggMarryMe.mp3
This is just a rough live recording, and it's kind of rushed. I may or may not clean it up.

This one's not your standard "boy asks girl to marry him", song. Rather, it's a gay man imploring a priest to perform the marriage ceremony for him and his partner. It's done seriously, though not without some irony.

It's a challenge to portray a militant, frustrated gay man who's not a stereotype. Even if you're gay, even if you're militant, you should find qualities in
this singer that you don't like. And if you're not gay, you should find a position with which you can sympathize, even when you don't agree.

People who know us might be surprised to find this "pro-gay" song here. Well, first, it's not "pro" or "anti" anything. It's a portrayal of person's feelings. That person isn't me, anymore than I'm the guy who hired a hooker in "One for the Road". I also see no advantage to portraying somebody else's opinion in any way other than in a straightforward and unbiased manner. And to those who are fundamentalists, I should point out if you truly believe in the Bible, you believe that God gave everyone free will. This alone dooms any attempt to impose morality.
We can understand and sympathize with a position without adopting it. Personally, I love the idea that different states have different laws, so you can always move to a place of your liking. In a country this big, I don't see the advantage of imposing such laws at the Federal level... such attempts only result in a Procrustean bed.

I had a hard time coming up with a tune that struck the right balance between energy and "attitude". In writing the tune I thought quite a bit about my friend "Redbear" who's living in Texas with his significant other. If you gave them the chance, they'd get married, too. I hear it as sort of a show tune. I could see it in a rock opera. A lot of jumps, starts, stops. The sort of music it's easy to drive to, though, I'd tend to speed while listening to it.


Marry Me
wmh - January 1, 2005

I hate like the dickens to complain

But these laws drive me insane
You'll wed vandals and vagrants all the same
Fundamental thought be damned
I'm just like any other man
So forgive me if I just don't play that game

I thought that from. The. Start.
You were willing to take my part
It seemed all doomed to failure
Until I saw your shooting star

[chorus]
Come on, won't you marry me
You're a man of the cloth and your word
And you surely know that I believe
So why don't you just marry me?

I'm in debt to vermin indeed
I'll get down upon my knees
I forgive all the fools who may criticize
The closet is a place to hide
Only for the very weak
I mean to hold my head up high
when I'm walking down the street


[chorus]
Come on, won't you marry me
You're a man of the cloth and your word
And you surely know that I believe
So why don't you just marry me?

I don't claim to be. That. Smart.
But you knew right from the start
The courts would rule against me
Once again I'm out of my league, so...

[chorus]
Come on, c'mon, won't you marry me
You're a man of the cloth and your word
And you surely know that I believe, yes I believe!
So why don't you just marry me?

Father, why don't you just marry me?

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