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The Wedding Song

(There Is Love)

By Noel Paul Stookey

You may have heard this song before. 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. He responded, and even provided suggestions. My midi arrangement is very similar to his original recording, except I added some wedding bells at the beginning. - 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

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Instrumental by the O'Neill brothers

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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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There is love for man and wife
Renae forbes (Renaeforbes24_AT_gmail_DOT_com)
Oh there is love
renae forbes (renae forbes 78_AT_gmail_DOT_ com)
oh its fabulous . it really touched my heart . fabulous .really there is love.
ena (pauzaina_AT_gmail_DOT_com)
this is true god made love
RENAE (cedar grove)
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.
Good Day! Pls. send me this song thanks.
Gina Community Profile Link Gina (rosebride15_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
A simple and beautiful song, so full of meaning and depth.
I also like this instrumental version !
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!
A beauitful song, I had it played at my wedding 26 1/2 years ago and it still brings tear to my eyes.
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)
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
Love this song. My granddaughter will have it played at her weding. Thanks for writing the words and instrumental.
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)
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.
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
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)
My wife, Kay, chose this song for our wedding in 1971. I am recording it and another selection for her for our 39th anniversary.
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
I love this song years ago, I never forget how beautiful it is! It is still my favorite song!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
simply beautiful!
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)
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
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)
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!!
This song was played at my wedding Twenty Five years ago. Still one of my favorites...
Joe (jfyake_AT_aol_DOT_com)
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!
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This song was sung at our wedding 40 years ago!!
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!
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)
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
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
I will like to have the music sheet of this song
William Community Profile Link William (instrumentofjoy2003_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
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
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)
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.
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)
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)
JENNYA (jsykosyap_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
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)
Do you know of an arrangement of this suitable for woodwind quartet - - possibly a string quartet arrangement? My daughter is getting married and has selected this as a special song. Thanks (othermusic4B_AT_comcast_DOT_net)
I like it so much. I want to play this song in my freind wedding. Please sent to me a Sheet Music
God Bless
Samuel (minhsamuel_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
I had been married coming June 10yrs and this is the song i march to, a family friend song it for us and it was amazing. I also have the cd it is called the wedding songs.garcious gift a person can give you. GOD BLESS.
This song was chosen for our wedding by a friend 15yrs ago and we have been happily married since. We had never heard it before and the words were sung at a resent wedding we went to. It really affect us hearing it again. I am 72yrs. & my husband is 66yrs. our second marriage & God has blessed us abundantly.
LOVE it so much. This is the best wedding song I have ever heard. Would anyone email me the songs with singer singing the lyrics pls? i wish to learn it & play this song in my wedding this year end, 2009. THANK YOU SO MUCH. God bless.
Esther Yee ylhhuey01_AT_yahoo_DOT_com (ylhhuey01_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
For our wedding that did not happen, the song we choose before death made us part.
I will love you forever, Bill.
This is truly my favorite song of ALL time - I played it at my wedding 27 yrs ago - even though my husband passed away 7 yrs ago when I hear this song I cry with love.
I am "helping" with a wedding of my bestest friend - & his partner - & I went searching for this song. even though the lyrics aren't 100% perfect the sentiment & love certainly is!
Margaret (margaretiorfida_DOT_mclaren_AT_worldnet_DOT_att_DO
My parents played this song at their wedding 27 years ago and in 2003 al of my aunts sung this as I walked down the isle. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. This was the best wedding gift that I recieved.
sandy (s1vann_AT_bellsouth_DOT_net)
I love your song! A couple of years ago I emailed you and asked for if it was okay if I used your story from Guideposts for my sermon. This Sunday the 24th I have a couple that wants to re-affirm their wedding vows. I am going to play your your song that day for the couple. Would be more awesome if you would be there but I understand that you cannot. Thank you for this song! It is one that touches a persons heart in many ways! God Bless you!
Sharon Goetzinger (sharong_AT_acegroup_DOT_cc)
My parents had this sung at their wedding in June 1976 and now I will be having it sung at my wedding in July 2009. It is an absolutely beautiful song and means a great deal to our families.
We are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year(July 23rd, 1983). This song was sung at our wedding by my maid of honour and we will be playing it at our celebration this year. Beautiful song.
Ken & Shelley
I heard this song in America and fell in love with it. I was unable to find the music for it when i got married 20yrs ago, but during the last few years my husband found it and put it on a CD for me. it's a beautiful song which will always stay close to my heart.
Jan From London
You`ve changed it - I liked the other version better.
My husband and I had this song played at our wedding July 14th, 1973. Now, 35 years
later we are renewing our vows. The same priest is going to re-marry us and we are having this same song sung again! It is truly a magnificient song! Thank you!
I sang this song for my mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary in February 14, 1986. I substituted the words as:

...Well a man left his mother and a woman left her home. They have traveled on to where the two became one. As it was in the beginning is now and til the end. Woman drew her life from man and gave it back again. And there was love, there was love.

Well then what was the reason for becoming man and wife? Was it love that brought them here or love that brought them life? And if loving was the answer, then who's the giving for? Do you believe in something that you'd never seen before? Oh, there was love, there was love.
when my wife & I got married on 7/23/88 she walked down the aisle to this song (there is love) it was then and still is our song today, every year on 7/23 we play it. this year it's going to be 20 beautiful years togather and with many more after this one. thank you for this wonderful song.
hugh & tina (pegasus_9691_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
My wife and i got married to this song and i truly believe that this is one of the reasons we are still married. Thanks
Ed (ed_DOT_perez_AT_msn_DOT_com)
i like the message of the song! how i wish to have a free CD of this.
I love the song "there is love" by Peter, Paul and Mary using the "guitar" version. It is beautiful... However, I cannot find an instrumental music for that song with the guitar. I have found instrumental music using the piano; but I love the way the guitar sounds. Any advice???
Patricia Barrera (patriciabarrera_AT_att_DOT_net)
One of the best if not the BEST! my daughter is getting married (in June 22nd, 2008) and of all the hundreds of wedding songs that we have found on line and on books, this is finally the SONG!
Felina F. (prayinglady_AT_gmail_DOT_com)
April 5, 1975, this song "The Wedding Song" was sung at our wedding! Brings back alot of good memories!!!!!!
Janis W.
I learned it when I was in grade school (1972) as an eisteddfod solo for me, I took out 1st place. I now sing this song in our church whenever there is a wedding and the occasional confirmation. I recently sung it when my daughter got married. Over the time I had never forgotten the words or the tune. It is a wonderful piece of music.
Gayle (f173058_AT_hotmail_DOT_com)
I have been listening to Peter,Paul & Mary for a long time and the music never gets old. Praise God for the talent he has given to these great individuals and collectively as a group.
In the Masters Love,
Michael D. Achord
My husband and I had this played at our wedding in May 1973 and the Congrgational Church in Brandon, VT. We were 22 and 23. It always brings a tear of happiness to my eyes. I think it is among one of the most beautiful songs ever written for weddings. We have a copy of the words framed in our wedding. Such a testamnet to our lives. Truly magnificent. Thanks!!
Audrey Crossman Peck
Very good song.Thank you
Mr Tan
Whenever I hear the recording of Noel singing this song on the Carry It On video I am hypnotized, and I weep.
Chris Wilhelm (ketchikanwilhelm_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
We semi-eloped last month and at the last minute I was handed a list of songs for the service and I choose this one. I'm not particularly emotional but with my bride walking down the isle and this song playing it took a couple of minutes to compose myself before I could recite my vows. It is a moving song under any circumstance but in the moment of ultimate coming together it is very powerful.
I attended a Jewish wedding of a best friend's daughter on 10-20-2007. The bride's father sang this playing guitar along with two of the couple's college friends accompanying him on guitar and cello. This was the only song within the service itself and so very moving.
I love this song. We had it sang at our wedding 30 years ago. We're hoping for another 30 together.
When I was in jr. & sr. high school I was an "all-state tenor" 6 years in a row. So my little sister made me promise to sign at her wedding someday. She asked me to pick a song that would be nice. I sang this style in the "Paul Stookey" style. She was very touched by the whole experience and I love this song.
This song was played during the Mass at my wedding over 30 years ago. Today whenever I hear it I get teary eyed. It brings me to realize that the Lord has and is always with me and my husband in all the good times and trial of our marriage.
Michelle Orlando (moa_AT_embarqmail_DOT_com)
This Song

Is our Wedding Song, at present time I am trying to learn to sing, and I am taking voice lessons, I want to be able to sing this song at Christmas for my husband, he has no idea I am taking voice lessons. We
have very little money so this is my Christmas present to him. My friend who is a singer is also a voice teacher and has offered to help me. I love this song.
Judy Carney (jcarney_AT_selterra_DOT_com)
I'm embarrassed to say that I've never heard this song before. I just saw it on a wedding program I am assisting with the logistics of, and looked it up on the web. Obviously I found your sight and sang the song over and over again for more than an hour. It's so beautiful, that the next time I'm asked to sing in a wedding, this will be my first choice.
This is a beautiful song, it was sung by one of my dearest and oldest friends at my wedding reception 25 years ago this month. So, it is very special to my heart!
I hope if you use this song at your wedding/reception it will bring back the same dear memories it does for me.

Lady Meme 09/26/2007
My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year and this song was sung at our wedding on June 5th, 1982. It is beautiful and I hope one of our three daughters will have it at their wedding.
Sherry Maple Dallas (sherrymdallas_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
This song is beautiful! I was married on September 2/07 and my dad sang this song to me and my husband right before we said our vows. It was beautiful! Careful because you will get emotional....
This song means so much to me and on Sept 15, my birthday, I will marry a wonderful man and I plan to sing this song to him. I know it will bring tears to my eyes but I know he will know that I love him enough to give this wedding song to him as a special gift...
Ellen (robyndaletx_AT_yahoo_DOT_com)
My husband and I had this song sung at our wedding in 1979. Our daughter just got married in on June 30, 2007 and had the song sung at her wedding. It is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it!
I am a friend of Noels from Blue Hill. Here he is just a good neighbor and darn nice person. We do not even remember he is famous. Wedding song is a tip of noels good christian iceburg. God Bless Noel and his family.
Dan Gordon (chowdahbucket180_AT_adelphia_DOT_net)
This is probably one the best wedding song's I've ever heard -- every time I'm at a wedding and they sing this, tears well up in my eyes. It's absolutely lovely!!!
My husband and I used this at our wedding in 1976. He died three years ago and now my daughter is getting married and is considering using the song at her wedding. I hope she does. It would make such a memory and mean so much to me. I love the song.
This song was sung and signed (for his parents and many relatives who are deaf) at our wedding in 1972. It is so nice to see that people are still using this song in their weddings! What a wonderful testament to the song's "staying power." We will celebrate our 35th anniversary in December and this song still brings tears to my eyes!
A friend of ours sang this song at our wedding 32 years ago. Her husband played the guitar for her. He learned to play the guitar so he could play this song. A tremendous gift.
Once again I have been asked to sing this wonderful song on the occasion of two lovers uniting. The words are so meaningful and I love to sind them. When I offer this song to the Bride & Groom, I do so with my Love and hopes for a long and happy life together.
Dwayne G.
This song will always be my most sentimental because it was released approximately 3/4 weeks before our wedding 35 years ago in 1972.
Marilyn Carretta
My mother died when I was 7 and she was a singer. She had recorded this song before she died along with many others. So on my wedding day this was the song I walked down the aisle to with my mothers recorded version and my grandmother her mother singing harmony it was a very emotional moment!!!
Elizabeth Lawson (sweeta_1983_AT_hotmail_DOT_com)
Our priest sang this song on the altar to my husband and I during our wedding ceremony on December 30, 2006. A complete surprise and an unbelievable memory! Amy, NJ

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