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Weep, Bride, Weep,
Now your girlhood is over, and your womanhood lies stretched out before you,
Weep, Bride, Weep,
Like a dull, grey matronly corpse on the coroner’s slab.
Weep, Bride, Weep,
Nothing but the horrifying agony of childbirth for you to look forward to now,
Weep, Bride, Weep,
While the melodies of yesterday’s parties echo sadly in the past.

Weep, Bride, Weep,
Now I’m sorry but it’s time for me to talk about the subject of your husband:
Weep, Bride, Weep,
I guess you think he’s pretty cute and pretty smart, and maybe even pretty
Well Weep, Bride, Weep,
‘Cause he’s a closeted
Marxist, who thinks that marriage is state prostitution,
Weep, Bride, Weep,
So sometimes you’ll have to fuck him just to get him to shut up and go to sleep.

Weep, Bride, Weep,
But not too hard—we can’t have you collapsing out of sheer desolation,
Weep, Bride, Weep,
We need you functionally depressive, so you’ll still get up and drive the kids to class.
Weep, Bride, Weep,
At least tonight your father’s buying all of the liquid consolation,
And the musicians
Will enjoy the bridesmaids
In the ass.

Weep, Bride, Weep.


from The Wedding Dance of the Widow Bride, released January 1, 2007
Words and music by: Geoff Berner


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Geoff Berner Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer / songwriter / accordionist / novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer, punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window - often all at the same time. Having built a cult following with his weirdly compelling stage presence, G.B. has a strange ability to create fun chaos. ... more

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