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
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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 6986 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 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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