Shea likes to joke that I was the “best bride ever” when we were planning our destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera back in 2002.
And it’s true – my natural “anal retentive” librarian personality shone through as I pretty much handled all the arrangements from flowers to writing the entire script for the ceremony to picking the music including this song.
But perhaps I should’ve listened to the lyrics a bit more closely beyond the first verse?
According to Wikipedia…
In the lyrics, a man looks back with regret and pain for having lied to the woman he can’t forget (“…and now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray…”) and returned for too late, just as she was preparing for marriage. The lyric is in juxtaposition with the music, which swings with syncopated joy.
“South of the Border” – Chris Isaak
Bonus if you’ve read this far: Here’s a slideshow I created for our wedding reception in Shea’s hometown where many of the family and friends who couldn’t make our Mexican wedding came together on an August long weekend for a Mexican-themed fiesta. (I updated it at some point to include a couple other notable events in our life including our move to Ontario and the expected due date for Pace which replaced a joke slide we had in the original showing a picture of Shea with her cousin’s baby and a big question mark which got a big laugh at our reception! Oh, and sorry that some of the slide captions got cut off when I imported the original file to Google. I’ll fix that when I have time.)
For best effect, have Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me” playing in the background as you watch.