You've expressed excessively your contempt for matrimony
February 9, 2016 5:54 PM   Subscribe

Can you link me any music in which not wanting to get married is mentioned? Examples would be Archie, Marry Me by Alvvays (from which the titular lyric is taken) and Burnin' Through the Nite by The Sweethearts ('don't wanna get married'). The song can be about anything, just so long as not wanting to get married is mentioned somewhere. And I'd prefer to stick to songs outside of contemporary mainstream pop.
posted by Panthalassa to Grab Bag (48 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
I Never Will Marry (folk song, covered here by Linda Ronstadt)
posted by ottereroticist at 5:57 PM on February 9, 2016


There's that 'we don't need a piece of paper from the City Hall' thing by Joni Mitchell. I guess the song is 'My Old Man'.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 6:04 PM on February 9, 2016


"Wedding Bell Blues" by The Fifth Dimension (featuring the gorgeous voice of Marilyn McCoo), although it's the guy who doesn't want to get married.
posted by holborne at 6:06 PM on February 9, 2016


For deep ambivalence to marriage, there's That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be by Carly Simon
posted by prewar lemonade at 6:09 PM on February 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh! And Liz Phair's Polyester Bride
posted by prewar lemonade at 6:16 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


I got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle
As I go ridin' merrily along
And they sing, 'Oh ain't you glad you're single'
And that song ain't so very far from wrong

- Gene Autry
posted by moonmilk at 6:20 PM on February 9, 2016


Stephin Merritt has to have a song like this. Maybe "Papa was a rodeo"? I'm blanking
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:20 PM on February 9, 2016


Morrissey - Will Never Marry
posted by dayintoday at 6:26 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


A Whiskeytown song called Matrimony, vocal by Caitlin Cary.

Papa Was a Rodeo is not what you want although it is great
posted by clavicle at 6:31 PM on February 9, 2016


In the vein of Marry Me Archie (where the singer wants to get married and the person being addressed doesn't), Starlett Johansson doesn't believe in monogamy, but the Teenagers aren't jealous.
posted by capricorn at 6:33 PM on February 9, 2016


Don't Get Married

Leon Rosselson

Don't get married girls, you'll sign away your life
You may start off as a woman but you'll end up as the wife
You could be a vestal virgin, take the veil and be a nun
But don't get married girls for marriage isn't fun
...
posted by jamjam at 6:48 PM on February 9, 2016


The Psychedelic Furs - Fall
Fiery Furnaces - Single Again, which is a traditional folk tune.
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
The Carter Family - Single Girl, Married Girl
posted by hydrophonic at 6:49 PM on February 9, 2016




"Getting Married Today", from Stephen Sondheim's Company
posted by roll away the dew at 6:52 PM on February 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


Dear Doctor - The Rolling Stones

"...Oh the gal I'm to marry
Is a bow-legged sow
I've been soakin' up drink like a sponge..."

posted by BusyBusyBusy at 6:54 PM on February 9, 2016


To Keep My Love Alive - Blossom Dearie's classic that could be construed as anti-marriage.

Would You Be My Girl by The Police - if taking a blow up doll as a wife counts and the expressed desire "to not take a wife."
posted by brookeb at 7:08 PM on February 9, 2016


PJ Harvey – Pocket Knife
posted by rodlymight at 7:13 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Of Montreal - Advice From A Divorced Gentleman To His Bachelor Friend Considering Marriage.
posted by scruss at 7:22 PM on February 9, 2016


Young Hearts Run Free

What's the sense in sharing
This one and only life
Endin' up just another lost and lonely wife
You'll count up the years
And they will be filled with tears
Love only breaks up, to start over again
You'll get the babies, but you won't have your man
While he is busy loving every woman that he can, uh-huh

posted by kitten magic at 7:25 PM on February 9, 2016


Don't Marry Her, Fuck Me - Beautiful South
posted by ilovewinter at 7:35 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Jam, I've Changed My Address (lyrics)
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 7:53 PM on February 9, 2016


if taking a blow up doll as a wife counts and the expressed desire "to not take a wife."
leads us to In Every Dream Home a Heartache by Roxy Music
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 7:56 PM on February 9, 2016


Are the Dixie Chicks far enough outside of contemporary mainstream pop? (Questionable, perhaps?) Ready to Run.
posted by umwhat at 8:00 PM on February 9, 2016


Baby, I'm An Anarchist contains one of my favorite lines:

No I won't take your hand / And marry the state!
posted by rhiannonstone at 8:02 PM on February 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not English, but: Rammstein - Du Hast (lyrics/translation)
posted by thefoxgod at 8:18 PM on February 9, 2016


How about Nelly McKay for the satirical take?
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 8:26 PM on February 9, 2016


My Old Man by Joni Mitchell -"we don't need no piece of paper from the city hall"
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 8:33 PM on February 9, 2016


How about "I'm Not Getting Married" from the ultra-rare 7-11 corporate musical Side By Side '75 (which some kind soul has put on YouTube)?
posted by Scram at 9:49 PM on February 9, 2016


Peggy-O, Grateful Dead and others:

I would marry you, sweet William-O
I would marry you, sweet William-O
I would marry you, but your guineas are too few
And I fear my mama would be angry-O

posted by mosk at 10:30 PM on February 9, 2016


The Gentleman Soldier, a traditional song performed by The Pogues, among others, includes the verse:

“Now come you gentleman soldier, won’t you marry me?”
“Oh no my dearest Polly, such things can never be
For I’ve a wife already and children I have three
Two wives are allowed in the army, but one’s too many for me.”
posted by misteraitch at 1:34 AM on February 10, 2016


Anouk: Nobody's Wife.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:50 AM on February 10, 2016


A sweet-scented courtier did give me a kiss
And promised me mountains if I would be his
But I'll not believe him, for it is too true
Courtiers promise much more than they do

My thing is my own, and I'll keep it so still
Other young lasses can do as they will
My thing is my own, and I'll keep it so still
Other young lasses may do as they will
...

posted by sebastienbailard at 2:02 AM on February 10, 2016


Yes, and I ain't saying you ain't pretty
All I'm saying is I'm not ready
For any person place or thing
To try and pull the reins in on me

Different Drum by (yes, from the Monkees) Mike Nesmith, and performed by Linda Ronstadt.
posted by amtho at 2:51 AM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also, Hanging Round With Me by Supersuckers includes the lyric:
I know it might be wrong / but we don’t need no stinking ring
My love is strong / getting married wouldn’t change a thing
posted by misteraitch at 3:26 AM on February 10, 2016


Big Pimpin by Jay-Z includes the lyric "Me give my heart to a woman? Not for nothing, never happen, I'll be forever mackin'". So there's that.
posted by kevinbelt at 3:35 AM on February 10, 2016


Don't Fence Me In is pretty much an anti-marriage anthem (lyrics).
posted by ourobouros at 5:00 AM on February 10, 2016


I don't want to be a bride - Vanessa Carlton
posted by cessair at 5:10 AM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ban Marriage by The Hidden Cameras
posted by smallvictories at 5:14 AM on February 10, 2016


Are you looking for songs that talk about matrimony specifically? Neil Young doesn't want any kind of emotional attachment when he sings
Just someone to keep my house clean,
Fix my meals and go away.
A maid. A man needs a maid.

Although he does backpedal a bit in the last line.

The underrated Healthy Junkies call off a wedding in the video for Trash My Love.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:35 AM on February 10, 2016


La non-demande en mariage by Georges Brassens. Lyrics and translation notes.
posted by elgilito at 6:54 AM on February 10, 2016


Tom Waits - Better Off Without a Wife
posted by treachery, faith, and the great river at 7:07 AM on February 10, 2016


Came here to suggest Vanessa Carlton's "I Don't Want To Be a Bride" but I see it's already been mentioned. Fell in love with it from this performance on Conan.
posted by lock sock and barrel at 10:39 AM on February 10, 2016


Kurt Vile -- "My Sympathy"
Another Joni Mitchell song, "Song for Sharon"
posted by Miss T.Horn at 10:40 AM on February 10, 2016


Trick Pony's "The Bride," though it's more along the lines of "I'm so glad I'm not marrying THAT GUY."
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:45 PM on February 10, 2016


The Worst That Could Happen

I'll never get married, never get married
You know that's not my scene
But a girl like you needs to be married
I've known all along you couldn't live forever in between

posted by snowmentality at 7:49 PM on February 10, 2016


Bob Wills - Take Me Back to Tulsa
(This is the version from 1965. Earlier versions included a racially offensive term.)
posted by hydrophonic at 9:47 PM on February 10, 2016


Here's Wilf Carter, for an earlier version of "Single Again", with yodeling.
Georgia Satellites - Keep Your Hands To Yourself, which might be one of the greatest music videos ever made.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:19 PM on February 10, 2016


International Player's Anthem (I Choose You) by UGK.
posted by biddeford at 11:17 PM on February 10, 2016


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