Songwriters: Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes
Category: Golden Oldie
I think I first heard this sweet song on the 1960 final episode of I Love Lucy, sung by Edie Adams - kind of a bittersweet association. But the song itself was written in 1952 and first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1953. It's included in the Great American Songbook (a compilation of the best American songs from the '20s to the '60s, particularly from Broadway, musical theatre and Hollywood musicals).
It's been recorded since then by practically a who's who of jazz greats - Dorothy Dandridge, Bobby Darin, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble... and the list continues.
This works in a variety of contexts for your wedding ceremony - prelude, processional, unity ceremony. It would also be a lovely first dance number.
I can only give you love that lasts forever
And a promise to be near each time you call
And the only heart I own
For you and you alone
I can only give you country walks in springtime
And a hand to hold when leaves begin to fall
And a love whose burning light
Will warm the winter's night
There are those I am sure who have told you
They would give you the world for a toy
All I have are these arms to enfold you
And a love even time can't destroy
If you're wondering what I'm asking in return, dear
You'll be glad to know that my demands are small
Say it's me that you'll adore
For now and evermore