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The Wedding Song (There is Love) | Lyrics

 

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts.
Rest assured this troubador is acting on His part.
The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name

There is Love. There is Love.

A man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home
And they shall travel on to where the two shall be as one.
As it was in the beginning is now and til the end
Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again.

And there is Love. There is Love.

(bridge)

Well then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife?
Is it Love that brings you here or Love that brings you life?
And if loving is the answer, then who’s the giving for?
Do you believe in something that you’ve never seen before?
Oh there’s Love, there is Love.
Oh the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name

There is Love. There is Love.

 

FACTS ABOUT THE SONG

The Wedding Song (There Is Love)” is a popular song, written and recorded in 1971 by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary and first performed at the wedding of Peter Yarrow. The song was featured on Stookey’s first solo album, Paul and…, in 1971, and was moderately successful as a single. This song is a celebration of the love felt by a newly married couple and the joy of knowing that God is present in their union:

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts. … The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain, for whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name, there is love.

In an article for Guideposts magazine, Stookey wrote that the song came through him originally in the first person, Jesus speaking through him (“I am now to be among you/At the calling of your hearts/Rest assured this troubador/Is acting on My part”). The “troubador” was, of course, Stookey. However, Stookey felt that people might misunderstand, might consider him arrogant or they might be confused, so he, with God’s permission, he felt, changed the lyrics.

The Wedding Song (There Is Love)” has become a radio airplay favorite and a wedding standard, and has been recorded by many other artists over the years. Petula Clark had a minor pop and adult contemporary chart hit with her 1972 cover, as did Mary MacGregor in 1978. The Captain & Tennille also covered the song for their 1976 album Song of Joy; it was to have been the album’s fourth single after the top-five hits “Lonely Night (Angel Face),” “Shop Around”, and “Muskrat Love,” but the release of the single was cancelled.[citation needed] Bradley Joseph also arranged an instrumental cover version on his 2006 album, Piano Love Songs.

Paul Stookey created a charity organization called The Public Domain Foundation to receive the royalties from “The Wedding Song (There Is Love)” and distribute them to charity. The organization’s web site states that it has donated over $1.5 million.

 
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