Song of the Day #3,373: ‘Love On the Weekend’ – John Mayer

It’s time for a little romance on Day 14 of the 30 Day Music Challenge, as we are called on to name ‘A Song That You Would Love Played At Your Wedding.’

I’ve been happily married for 20 years so I have a few options here. I can imagine I’m planning my own wedding all over again, but with 20 years worth of additional music from which to choose. I can imagine that my marriage has ended and I’m getting married again, say to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rashida Jones or Gal Gadot. Or, and this is how I’ve decided to play it, I can imagine that my wife and I are renewing our vows in a celebration including our current friends and family.

That decision changes the way I look at this selection. For one thing, I need to pick an artist that both my wife and I like, and that narrows the field quite a bit.

Additionally, I want to choose a song that speaks more to the lives of a couple married for 20 years, rather than something about the blush of new love.

Finally, my wife and I already have a wedding song — ‘My One and Only Love’ — so I’m just choosing a song I would want played at our renewal ceremony, not “our” song.

With all that in mind, I’m going with John Mayer’s ‘Love On the Weekend.’

While I believe the song is technically about a long-distance relationship, to me it is a lovely encapsulation of that feeling of driving home from work on Friday and knowing I’ll get to spend time with my wife. Now that our kids are old enough to stay home alone, my wife and I often have Friday date night, a chance to hang out without worrying about the next day’s burdens. I treasure those moments, and I would want to celebrate them at our second wedding.

[Verse 1]
It’s a Friday, we finally made it
I can’t believe I get to see your face
You’ve been working and I’ve been waiting
To pick you up and take you from this place

[Chorus 1]
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
Like only we can
Like only we can
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
I’m coming up and I’m loving every minute of it

[Verse 2]
You be the DJ, I’ll be the driver
You put your feet up in the getaway car
I’m flying fast like a, a wanted man
I want you, baby, like you can’t understand

[Chorus 2]
Oh, love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
We found a message in a bottle we were drinking
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
I hate your guts ’cause I’m loving every minute of it

Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

[Verse 3]
I gotta leave ya, it’s gonna hurt me
My clothes are dirty and my friends are getting worried
Down there below us, under the clouds
Baby, take my hand and pull me down, down, down, down
And I’ll be dreamin’ of the next time we can go
Into another serotonin overflow

[Chorus 3]
Love on the weekend
Love on the weekend
I’m busted up but I’m loving every minute of it
(Love on the weekend)
(Love on the weekend)

I’m looking for a little love
I’m looking for a little love, oh yeah
(Love on the weekend)
(Love on the weekend)
(Love on the weekend)

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,373: ‘Love On the Weekend’ – John Mayer

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Our wedding song was “Our Love is Here to Stay,” but I will go with you interpretation of the challenge as well by picking a song we might choose for a renewal of our vows given our 25 years of marriage. This is a song loved by both my wife and I and speaks well to how we feel about each other and our lives. Of course, when we hear it, we often note the irony that Ben Folds wrote this for a woman he later divorced, but, leaving that aside, the song still resonates with us. And so, my pick is Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest.”

  2. Rob says:

    Married 22 years now. Our wedding song I’m sure nobody knows. It’s an instrumental called “Lorelei” (a waltz). My father was a radio broadcaster in Montreal, Paul Reid. He closed his nightly show with the “Lorelei” … many Montrealers fell in love with the song. He passed away in 1983, so many folks hadn’t heard the song until Sue and I danced to it on our wedding day. Not a dry eye in the house. Anyway, if I were to do it all over again I’d pick this gem by Glen Campbell, written by the great Jimmy Webb – “This Is Sarah’s Song.”

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Just love these comments ❤️ We did not have a reception so we never had a chance to dance to “our song” but we would choose Frank Sinatra’s (surprise) Close to You

  4. Amy says:

    I finally made my way to this post (with difficulty in our post-Irma ongoing lack of internet) with the thought that I’d choose a song by John Legend or Ed Sheeran (two popular choices by many couples marrying these days). However, as I read Clay’s post, I realized the song I had to choose. This is a song I’ve loved for decades, long before I had ever experienced the sentiments it very effectively expresses. While it’s likely not a song my husband of 25 years would love, given his much shared distaste for both country music and overly sentimental music, I’m hoping he’ll give me a pass and allow it to be played at our second wedding. 🙂

  5. Maddie says:

    Hard to contribute to this without knowing what my future husband would want, but because I’m in a major Jack Johnson vibe:

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