I have the invitation that you sent me
You wanted me to see you change your name
I couldn't stand to see you wed another
I hope that you'll be happy just the same.
Wedding bells are ringing in the chapel
That should be ringing now for you and me
And down the aisle with someone else you're walking
Those wedding bells will never ring for me.
I planned a little cottage in the valley
I even bought a little band of gold
I hope someday to place it on your finger
But now the future looks so dark and cold.
I fancy that I see a bunch of roses
A blossom from an orange tree in your hair
And as the organ plays I'll love you truly
Just let me pretend that I am there.
Wedding bells, they say, will ring in heaven
As the angel chorus sweetly sings
But as long as I am on this earth dear
Those wedding bells for me will never ring...