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The Wedding Song

(There Is Love)

By Noel Paul Stookey

You may have heard this song before (that's a bit of an understatement!). It may be the most popular modern wedding song. I wrote to Noel Paul Stookey of the group Peter, Paul and Mary asking if I could make a midi of his famous song... and he responded! This arrangement is very similar to his original recording, except I added some wedding bells at the beginning. I can already hear you asking "can I use this midi as background music on my site?". Noel says "yes", but please link back to his Public Domain Foundation. I won't object, of course, if you also link to Songs of Praise. - Elton, May 29, 2001
You can also listen to a recording by the O'Neill brothers. Visit their site using the banner below. - Elton, November 9, 2007

Noel Paul Stookey and the Public Domain Foundation

O'Neill Brothers

Instrumental by Elton Smith Instrumental by the O'Neill brothers
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20th Annual World Folk Music Benefit Concert


(Introduction)

He is now to be among you
at the calling of your hearts
Rest assured this troubadour
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.

Well, 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.

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 is Love, there is Love.

(Short solo)

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.

Copyright © 1971 Public Domain Foundation (used by permission)




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oh its fabulous . it really touched my heart . fabulous .really there is love.
ena (pauzaina_AT_gmail_DOT_com)
2013-07-20
this is true god made love
RENAE (cedar grove)
2013-07-06
Good day to everybody. Thank you very much sir Elton and the songs of praise for this song. It is added to my knowledge. i am a die hard fan of the PPM and i never thought this is a PPM original. anyway, i sang this song on a wedding day way back in the late 90s. i love the lyrics and the message of the song. once again thank you.Even my dad passed away, i still have the albums of PPM and it reminds me of him.
jonel
2013-05-29
Good Day! Pls. send me this song thanks.
Gina Community Profile Link Gina (rosebride15_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2012-06-20
A simple and beautiful song, so full of meaning and depth.
I also like this instrumental version !
HPWong
2012-02-25
This lovely song was sung at my wedding, also--33 1/2 years ago! As everyone can see, it has been a favorite of many for a long time!
Lois
2012-02-12
A beauitful song, I had it played at my wedding 26 1/2 years ago and it still brings tear to my eyes.
2012-01-12
You did justice to this beautiful song and added a touch of your "feel "to enhance the melody a bit without "killing it" Great Job.
peter Ghouse (peterghouse_AT_hotmail_DOT_com)
2012-01-03
The American Heart Association is putting together a playlist for Valentine's Day 2012. I've entered The Wedding Song and would appreciate any and all support it gets.
Leslie Johnson
2011-12-15
Love this song. My granddaughter will have it played at her weding. Thanks for writing the words and instrumental.
Jean
2011-10-21
I have always and forever loved this song. The first time I believe I heard The Wedding Song was when I was about 11 or 12 years old and I was going through my parents albums, so this kindof tells how logn The Captain and I go back around 1980/81. Since that very first time of hearing it I knewwould be having this be my Wedding Song
KRS (kar1n143_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2011-09-29
Some of our college friends played guitars and sang this song at our Sept 1971 wedding. We just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary and a college age student from our church sang this song for us at our anniversary party. This song still brings tears to my eyes, even 40 years later. I just love the words so much.
Mendy
2011-09-19
By the way. It is to pass down through my children. Not looking to sell. I am also sorry about the spelling. My phone is very tricky. I just really love the story of this song.
Rachel Thibodeau
2011-09-19
Boy, have I got a great story to tell all of you. The day my mother married my step father they were given this beautiful framed picture of this song's lyrics in calligraphy with Noel Paul Stocky's autograph. She was so excited that her friends actually got him to sign this. She was such a big fan. A year later she met him in person. They were both working on a fundraiser called Karen's Clime. She brought the picture he had signed and said thank-you for this it means so much to me.. He was very sad and angry. He told her he has never signed an autograph for this song or made money from this song. It was written by the holly spirit. He told her he was writing it for a friend's wedding, fell asleep and when he woke up it was all written our in his writing when he woke up. No autographs were ever signed for that and all proceeds go to charity. He looked at her and told her "Pat, I don't know why but I feel like I need to sign this for you anyway. I know hold the only autograph of of this song.
Rachel Thibodeau (starshell_32_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2011-09-19
My wife, Kay, chose this song for our wedding in 1971. I am recording it and another selection for her for our 39th anniversary.
Donald
2011-08-20
i first heard the wedding song in 1971 at red rocks amphitheater just west of denver...the crisp, clear sound of paul's 12-string and his magnificent voice was mesmorizing...it was my choice of music at my own wedding in 1978, along with several classical pieces, and i doubt if i will ever forget the words...peter, paul, and mary have been, since the early 60's, and remain to be, one of the great positive influences in my life...i shall never forget you...
dave bowlin (dewey_6_AT_comcast_DOT_net)
2011-03-20
My husband and I just celebrated our 27th Anniversary on the 17th. As we lit the Unity Candle we has a family member to play and sing this song. This is a beautiful song. God Is Good (dhurst02_AT_comcast_DOT_net)
2011-03-19
I have just been asked to to sing this song at my cousins wedding. I pray that the words manefest in their life together and that my voice will do the meaning justice....(
Margaret Heekin (Dobieluv93_AT_msn,com)
2011-03-18
I've heard your song sung several times and have loved it. BUT just today had the most wonderful surprise. My son's fiancee asked me if I would like to listen to the song she wants sung at their wedding as well as the instrumental as background during their vows. When it started so did the tears. You see my wonderful husband went home to be w Jesus after 35 yrs. of marriage and hearing this song brought back so much love. I am so thrilled that my wonderful daughter-in-heart has chosen this very special song for her marriage covenant to my son.
A Blessed Mom.... Helen
2011-02-28
We used this dsong at our wedding Feb5, 2005, we're Senior Seniors, and I heard this song years ago and loved it since.
Diana Reeves (grace2u2_AT_charter_DOT_net)
2011-01-27
I love this song years ago, I never forget how beautiful it is! It is still my favorite song!!!
Grace
2010-11-25
We had a friend sing this song at our wedding just over 35 years ago. After 35 years, there is still love! We are blessed.
2010-10-30
33 years ago at our wedding and I have sung it at a number of weddings since and I'm using the words in a wedding ceremony this morning 10/10/10 (:o) God Bless!
Chuck
2010-10-10
We had this sung at our wedding 31 years ago. Our daughter had it sung at her wedding last year and our second daughter is having it sung at her wedding this year. A tribute to Paul Stookey on how his gift of music affected so many lives.
Kim
2010-09-30
This song was sang at our wedding 25 years ago. Our son is getting married this coming weekend. He and his fiance' don't know it yet, but I (dad) is singing it to them during rehearsal luncheon. Wish me luck. It is such a beautiful, moving song.
2010-08-09
Sang this song for my daughter's wedding, I performed a "FEW" years ago. Not only brought back memories, it brought back tears. Thank you
2010-07-30
simply beautiful!
alvids
2010-05-15
Absolutely beautiful, in both lyrics and music. I always loved the Paul Stookey version, but this instrumental is also a winner.
Lovette Community Profile Link Lovette (lovette_DOT_bennett_AT_sutherland_DOT_com)
2010-04-08
This song was sung at our wedding 25 years ago on April 13,1985. We are having it sung again at our 25th wedding reception being put on buy our 3 grown sons and family and friends...
Yvonne Gardner
2010-03-31
I need you guys please help me I went though alot of pain now I want this guy DJ Lil Cee the radio station 92.3 now can you pray for him I will give you my cellphone number is 516 312-4641.
Annamaria Kangelaris (bsylr_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2010-02-27
This song was played at our wedding 35 years ago and I play it every year on our anniversary. Still love it now as much as back then!!
Candace
2010-02-25
This song was played at my wedding Twenty Five years ago. Still one of my favorites...
Joe (jfyake_AT_aol_DOT_com)
2010-02-09
I Must confess that I'm spoiled by the original Noel Stookey recording. That ringing, steel-stringed acoustic guitar, blending with his almost prayerful vocal delivery never fails to choke me up. If the song is ever used at my own wedding, no substitute will suffice!
Trout Mask Replica
2010-02-02
This song was sung at our wedding 40 years ago!!
2010-02-01
I heard this song at a wedding when I was in college. When I married several years later, I remembered the words & had it sang at our wedding. I listened to it everyday for months ahead of time & cried each time - the words have such depth & meaning. Now, 22 years later, our daughter is getting married in Dec, 2009 & plans on using this song in her wedding ceremony!
2009-11-12
My wife and I were married in 1977 and this song was sung by our best friend and brought such a response that everybody wanted to use it as their anniversary song
Stan Oleksik,Sr. (sj-productions_AT_hotmail_DOT_com)
2009-09-29
I loved this song the first time I heard it some 25 years ago and it still touches my heart everytime I hear it. God bless you.
Roz Martin
2009-09-18
I added this verse for my daughters wedding comming up Sep 19, 2009

Kerry stands before us with Ryan by her side,
They have pledged their love to one another till they died,
The vows that have been spoken before us one and all,
Prove the depth of love between them, they have heard his call
And there is love ... there is love

Any two names can be inserted to make the song very personal and specific to that event
Alan Edwards (alan_AT_commercialdrywall_DOT_com)
2009-09-11
This song was played on our wedding day 32 years ago. It brought tears to my eyes way back then, as it does to this very day. The words are so beautiful, & touch my heart deeply.
2009-08-28
I too have loved this song from the first moment I heard it back when Paul Stookey first sang the song. My daughter is getting married in September and I want this song to be played/sung or somehow be a part of the ceremony. It is truly the essence of a marriage.
Dan (capricorn0110_AT_msn_DOT_com)
2009-08-22
This song is so beautiful that it should be a staple at every wedding ceremony. I personally made sure it was sung in our wedding cermoy. But I had a tape of it sung by Paul Stookey played in the church for only he has truly mastered this most beautiful song.
2009-08-17
This was sang at my wedding it was the most beautiful song I've ever heard. People today take marraige as a joke. This song was very meaningful to me I could not stop crying during the wedding because of the beautiful words,
Paula Speight (stockwell_AT_northstate_DOT_net)
2009-08-15
I will like to have the music sheet of this song
William Community Profile Link William (instrumentofjoy2003_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2009-08-11
My 2 sisters and i and the mother of the groom will be singing this song Friday July 31/09 in Halifax
I sang is once before over 30 years ago for a friend's wedding in Toronto, where I live.
Marg Pietersma
2009-07-21
I sing for a choir in Timor Leste I really want to sing this song one day. send me the partiture.
kerigma (joniosoares_13_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2009-05-27
This was supposed to be the song when my father gave me away at my wedding. Long story short: Ice storm, no power, we didn't. Well with the power of this song, it was not meant to be. Happily divorced after 8 years and it'll be there for me and my dad next time.
Happy
2009-04-30
Noel Paul Stookey has always been and always will be my favorite vocalist. He has what I consider the perfect voice in every way. Now, add to that perfect voice the most beautiful wedding song ever written and you have a song for the ages. God bless your beautiful heart and soul, Noel.
Paul McKeon (pmckeon1_AT_nycap_DOT_rr_DOT_com)
2009-04-23
My wife and I picked this song for our wedding in 1993. It still to this day remains our favorite of all wedding songs. I wonder how this would sound played on a nyloin string guitar? I think I will try it as a suprise for my wife.
Michael Donnel (mdonnel68_AT_consoldiated_DOT_net)
2009-03-23
I LIKE THIS SONG VERY MUCH, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE I CAN SECURE ITS MUSIC SHEET, I LIKE TO PLAY IT ON MY PIANO. MANY THANKS
JENNYA (jsykosyap_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
2009-03-18
SUCH a beautiful song! I'm a 46 yr old rock singer/guitarist in the Detroit area, but have done this song for so many friend's weddings over the last 30 yrs. Can't say enough good things about it! Is there any more perfect wedding song?
MistyMarie (MistyMarie1_AT_gmail_DOT_com)
2009-03-10


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