A ‘punk poem’ for a wedding?

John Cooper Clarke is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970’s when he became known as a punk poet. I love his fun and ironic take on a classic love poem with ‘I Wanna Be Yours’. For me, it’s the definition of modern romance. It even has appeared on the GCSC syllabus! You may also recognise it from the Arctic Monkeys album ‘AM’ where Alex Turner turned it into a song, after hearing it at school. What do you think of it? Working with a wedding celebrant means you can have whatever content you feel celebrates your relationship. You really can create a personal, thoughtful and unique ceremony.       

“I Wanna Be Yours”

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours

I wanna be your raincoat
For those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
When you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
Take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours

I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
You’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
Hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
That’s how deep is my devotion

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