Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Love and Marriage

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jan 31, 2012

I was listening to the third track of the Classic Sinatra II album, and I suddenly did a double-take. The song was “Love and Marriage” by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, which became a huge hit by Frank Sinatra in 1955, just 57 years ago. Here are the lyics:

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage.
This I tell you brother:
You can’t have one without the other.

Love and marriage, love and marriage,
It’s an institute you can’t disparage.
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it’s elementary.

Try, try, try to separate them.
It’s an illusion.
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion.

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage.
Dad was told by mother:
You can’t have one without the other.

Trying to separate them now? Like the song says, it’s an illusion. But they don’t write ’em like they used to, do they?

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,782 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,218.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Feb. 01, 2012 11:41 AM ET USA

    Distinctly missing in the song is *Children*. The primary end of marriage is Children. No marriage without love feeds the ideology that if feelings of love are gone, the marriage is dead. The Boomers redefined marriage as an institution primarily of companionship with an afterthought of children. When the joys of companionship go, ditch the spouse. The new definition leaves no defense against gay "marriage". Try instead the childhood rhyme: "First comes love, then comes... with a baby carriage."

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 9 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 14 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8