The Bus Stop Song
The Four Lads Lyrics


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I'll give to you a paper of pins
And that's the way our love begins
If you will marry me, me, me
If you will marry me

I'll give to you a feathery bed
With downy pillows for your head
If you will marry me, me, me
If you will marry me

But you don't want my paper of pins
And you don't want my feathery bed
You want my house and money instead
That is plain to see

Well here they are take everything
My house, my money, my wedding ring




And in the bargain I'll throw in me
If you will marry me

Overall Meaning

The Four Lads's song The Bus Stop Song is a lighthearted and playful tune about a man's attempts to convince a woman to marry him. The lyrics convey his willingness to provide the woman with material possessions, such as a "paper of pins" and a "feathery bed" if she agrees to be his wife. However, his offers are not enough for the woman, and she makes it clear that she wants his "house and money instead." The man decides to give in to her demands, offering everything he has, including his wedding ring, in the hopes of winning her over.


The lyrics in this song are reflective of the societal norms and gender roles of the time period. The man is portrayed as the provider who is willing to give up all of his possessions to win over the woman, while the woman is depicted as the one who desires material wealth and security. However, the woman's rejection of the man's offers and demand for his possessions can be interpreted as a subversion of these norms, suggesting that women are not simply objects to be won over through gifts and material possessions.


Line by Line Meaning

I'll give to you a paper of pins
I'll offer you a small, traditional gift to symbolize the start of our love.


And that's the way our love begins
This simple gesture is the beginning of our romantic journey together.


If you will marry me, me, me
If you'll agree to spend the rest of your life with me, I'll make these promises.


I'll give to you a feathery bed
I'll provide you with the best and most comfortable sleeping arrangements possible.


With downy pillows for your head
These plush pillows will ensure your ultimate comfort and a good night's sleep.


But you don't want my paper of pins
You don't seem to appreciate or value the symbolic actions I'm offering.


And you don't want my feathery bed
You don't care about the luxuries I could provide you with.


You want my house and money instead
It seems that all you really want is material possessions and financial security from me.


That is plain to see
It's obvious to me that your intentions are not entirely pure or based on love and affection.


Well here they are take everything
Fine, I will give you everything you're asking for, even though it hurts me to do so.


My house, my money, my wedding ring
These possessions and symbols of my commitment are now yours.


And in the bargain I'll throw in me
As a bonus, I'll give you myself and my love, even though I thought it was more than just material possessions that you desired.


If you will marry me
Despite everything, I still hope that you'll agree to spend your life with me in marriage.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KEN LORIN DARBY

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Comments from YouTube:

@brucemarsico6

Fun song. Get's stuck in your head. Better time, 1956...

@kbhprinsesse

I've always loved this song <3

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