Sappy Love Songs

Yep. That was the name of a mixed CD I came across while house-sitting recently. Sappy Love Songs. Mr. Cowboy Boot and I were cooking dinner at this gorgeous house when I was sifting through the house owner’s CD collection. Since we haven’t decided on any of our song choices yet for the wedding, I thought, ‘Perfect, let’s give it a whirl and possibly, find a first dance song. Maybe we’ll be inspired? Or maybe we’ll hear something unexpected that will fit in perfectly?’


We love music and are thinking we’d like to hire a bluegrass band to play the wedding. Some of these songs would sound so awesome bluegrass-style. We’re both really drawn to the Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here, but there’s something so sad about the line “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl”.

We have a lot to plan out: ceremony songs, what to play during our cocktail hour, our first dance, any other important moments. Whew—it’s a bit overwhelming.

So, hive, I share this song list with you with our first dance in mind. Let me know what you think!

  1. Jackson by Johnny Cash and June Carter
  2. She is My Everything by John Prine
  3. Tell Her This by Del Amitri
  4. Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  5. Quiet Town by Josh Rouse
  6. Love and Some Verses by Iron & Wine
  7. Looking for Nothing by Aimee Mann
  8. I’m the Man Who Loves You by Wilco
  9. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg
  10. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay
  11. Something Good This Way Comes by Jakob Dylan
  12. Falling at Your Feet by U2 & Daniel Lanois
  13. Naked as We Come by Iron & Wine

Our favorites? The Coldplay and Jakob Dylan songs. I also love Resurrection Fern by Iron & Wine, but I’m not sure the lyrics make much sense for a first dance (or make much sense at all for that matter): “In our days we will live like our ghosts will live”. It just sounds so somber.

What song are you planning for your first dance? Any ideas for us based on the above?


Mrs. Cowboy Boot

Santa Fe
Wedding Date:
October 2009
Developing our Invitations
An Old-Fashioned Kind of Love: The Ceremony Part 1
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    JennyBryde 1168 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    Oohhh I love that list! So many good ones! We haven’t chosen songs yet, but maybe we’ll use one of these!

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    MaPo 315 posts, Helper bee @ 2:52 pm

    Alison Krause/Union Station-Just Let Me Touch You For A While. Such a bluegrass pure sound.

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    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:53 pm

    Have you heard Colin Hay? Or Ray LaMontagne? Josh Ritter? They might be up your alley. (MAYBE even Jose Gonzalez, be he’s more down-tempo – the tune to Heartbeats is awesome, but the lyrics are a little off for a wedding)
    I don’t know what song we’re going to dance to yet, but I’m thinking I might walk down the aisle to a Weepies song.

    OH! HEM! You should DEFINITELY look into some Hem music! (

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    MaPo 315 posts, Helper bee @ 2:54 pm

    It’s so so so hard to find a song that doesn’t have a lyric that doesn’t fit somehow. It’s quite a quest!

    What about Clint Black: Something That We Do? Oh that’s a lovely one!!!!!

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    lreighard1 642 posts, Busy bee @ 3:01 pm

    I love the coldplay — we were going to use death and all of his friends, not for the lyrica obviously but for the music — we decided to go with something more convential for our family’s sake — let us know what you pick :)

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    minneapolitan 740 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    I love that Wilco song but my fiance is convinced there’s no way he could functionally dance to it, haha. The other song of theirs I had considered was “When You Wake Up Feeling Old”

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    Team Buchanan 14 posts, Newbee @ 3:05 pm

    i LOVE iron & wine!

    we thought about using naked as we came… it’s such a great song. however, i don’t want to think about one of us dying yet!!

    “She says if I leave before you darling
    Don’t you waste me in the ground
    I lay smiling like our sleeping children
    One of us will die inside these arms

    Eyes wide open
    Naked as we came
    One will spread our
    Ashes round the yard”

    i wish you the best of luck in your search for “the” song!

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    Mary, Guest @ 3:05 pm

    I wouldn’t go with Jackson. That song is actually about breaking up/cheating b/c the fire went out in the marriage.

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    pinky44 2262 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:13 pm

    How about Avett Brothers “A Lover Like You”?

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    LovestheBear, Guest @ 3:19 pm

    One of the songs we were considering was “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne–not for the first dance but definately a great uptempo track to keep the party going. Also, what about “First Day of My Life” by Conor Oberst?

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    Hayley 214 posts, Helper bee @ 3:39 pm

    i LOVE that landon pigg song….love it!

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    FMH 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:41 pm

    We’re going with “Cross my Heart” by King George Straight. If still want some Johnny Cash and June Carter flare, have you heard of Heidi Newfield’s new(er) song “Johnny and June”? She sang it during the ACM’s this past weekend and it was a very close second for us.

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    flbeachbride 557 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 pm

    LOVE this song: Tell Her This by Del Amitri
    So sweet and simple

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    Miss Popcorn 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:47 pm

    Waiting for an Angel by Ben Harper and Into Your Arms by The Lemonheads are two special songs to us that my FI played for me early in our relationship (like date #4 early!). They are both sweet and might be good played by a bluegrass band. Both will be used in our wedding as first dance (Harper song) and ceremony song (Into Your Arms). Good luck figuring it all out.

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    teacup, Guest @ 3:53 pm

    The Jayhawks – All The Right Reasons

    The song is bluegrass-y and would be awesome played live, I’m sure. Check it out on YouTube.

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    Emilydll 428 posts, Helper bee @ 3:55 pm

    Great list Miss CB! I’m a big fan of Del Amitri and Aimee Mann! My fiancee and I are having Strawberry Swings played as we walk back down the aisle as husband and wife! :) It’s one of my Mr.’s favorite songs.
    Are you a fan of Ray Lamontagne at all? He’s one of our favorite’s as well! He has a GREAT song, ‘You are the Best Thing’ that I think would be the perfect first dance song!
    It was our second choice, but the fiancee loves Michael Buble’s ‘everything’ even more.

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:03 pm

    “Jackson” is sweet in context but the actual lyrics are about a husband who wants to go whoring in Jackson and his wife is laughing that she will too and no one will bother with him. But ignoring the lyrics, it’s a song that is often associated with the proposal of Johnny Cash to June Carter, so it could be sweet. (My FI and I were seriously considering that one!)

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    lauralou852 516 posts, Busy bee @ 4:08 pm

    I loove “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop”!! Our song is True Companion by Marc Cohn but we haven’t decided about our first dance yet.

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    Mia, Guest @ 4:36 pm

    I walked down the isle to “falling in love at a coffee shop” but our dj edited out the higher pitched coffee shop parts. It was perfect.

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    Emilydll 428 posts, Helper bee @ 4:52 pm

    If you do like Ray Lamontagne check out Forever my Friend and Hold her in my arms! Both very good!
    Oh and The Weepies have some great songs as well! :)

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    Anna Plumb, Guest @ 5:37 pm

    Oh a John Prine fan, a woman after my own heart. We were thinking of having the bridal party and I walk down the aisle to “The Glory of True Love” by John Prine (played by my brother and his friends on mandolin and guiter), feel free to steal the idea! “She is my everything” is also a really good upbeat song for the aislewalk, though, it would be totally fun, I bet. And we are definitely going to play “In Spite of Ourselves” at some point. (we are dorks. We actually got engaged right before a John Prine concert, hence the dorky amount of JP. I also second the Ray LeMontagne comments.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:04 pm

    FH and I are doing a song by Jamie Cullum called But For Now. I gave FH a copy of the album when we first started dating and we’ve always loved the song, so it is perfect :)

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    Emily, Guest @ 8:26 pm

    we’re having “something good this way comes” as our first dance song! it’s perfect – unpretentious, sweet, simple, and calming – we love it! :-)

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    Emily, Guest @ 8:27 pm

    we’re having “something good this way comes” as our first dance song! it’s perfect – unpretentious, sweet, simple, and calming – we love it! :-)

    all the others are great, too, though…

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    aliangel64 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:26 pm

    I LOVE “Falling Slowly,” but I don’t know if it’s a great first dance song. To me, the message of the song is more about two people coming apart, which is not a great theme for a wedding :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 5688 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:42 pm

    Oooh, you guys have good taste! This is the sorta music me and my guy listen to! I would also recommend Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses if you guys haven’t checked them out yet. Similar folksy, indie vibe.

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    Crash 377 posts, Helper bee @ 4:22 pm

    I heard wish you were here played at a wedding last week in place of the dad and daughter dance since her dad has passed away. The song is about Syd Barrett drugging and crazying his way out of the band, but the song is great and when they played it there wasn’t a dry eye in the house

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